You feel like you’ve tried every diet and exercise program out there but you either can’t lose weight or gain it all back. If you’ve spent your life losing the same 20/40/60 pounds over and over again, it’s important to understand why your efforts have not led to success.
Conventional weight loss advice tells us to cut calories and exercise more. A quick search for a way to lose weight produces an endless number of diet or exercise programs promising that if you just eat their diet food and follow their plan, you’ll be fit and fabulous in just a few weeks. However, weight loss is not that simple or easy.
Our collective weight and health problems are getting worse, while we are spending more and more on products and programs that aren’t working. Just look at the paradox of these statistics:
- There are as many McDonald’s restaurants (32,737) as there are fitness centers (32, 820) in the US.
- Approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight-loss products.
- There are 33,964 books about “Diet & Weight Loss” and 31,376 on “Exercise & Fitness”.
- In the last 30 years, rates of obesity have doubled in adults and tripled in children.
- An alarming 25% of US children are now overweight or obese.
- 1/3 of adults are overweight and 1/3 are considered obese.
So what do you when the advice you’ve been given doesn’t work?
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
You need to change your approach. In order to lose weight, be healthy, and feel good about yourself, you are going to have to change your mindset in two ways:
1) Your body is more than the physical.
Your body is integrally connected to your mind, emotions, and spirit. Most diets and exercise programs rely on structure, rules, and willpower without considering the other parts of you. They address the only physical aspects of weight loss – counting calories, exercising, drinking more water, portion control, and cutting certain foods out. These things can be important and may work for you in the short term but they are not the whole story.
Everything you do is shaped by your beliefs, thoughts, emotional patterns, and sense of who you are. If you struggle with your weight, it’s not because you lack willpower or are lazy, it’s because your whole self is trying to create physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. In order to change on the outside and maintain it, you have to change on the inside too.
2) There are no one-size-fits-all solutions.
We all need water and oxygen to survive. We also need energy and nutrients. However, the best method to get these things varies from person to person. For example, food that is good for some people creates a life-threatening allergic response in others. Similarly, activities that make one body strong and lean may cause pain in another. So it’s up to you to find what works best for you rather than trying to force yourself into someone else’s idea of what that might be.
Once you shift your mindset, you will be able to find the right method, program, or routine for yourself. Then you will succeed in ways you didn’t know you could.