I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was full, awesome and still going. Can’t wait till Monday!
Yesterday I wrote about Fat Loss Tip #19 -What Are You Attached To That Is Preventing Your Fat Loss? I mentioned that many are attached to a certain model and the inability to let go is a key problem for those not reaching their goals.
Tonight, I am really writing to those who are attached to doing exactly what they have been doing, which is nothing specific (those on The No Plan Diet).
For those of you that have worked with me in the past or work with me currently, you know I am not into diets. Diets do not work and is a scary word- DIE with a T. If you are hungry, something is wrong and will power only works for so long.
Yes, I will tell you to avoid certain foods based upon your symptomology, but I am just a messenger. And, when I do tell you to avoid or limit certain foods, I will always give you alternative models. I hate when people tell me not to do something and there are no alternatives. That is when you feel restricted! There are plenty of alternatives for all of our dietary preferences and many taste even better. We just need the awareness and the knowledge of how to create the alternatives.
Now back to diets…Clearly, there is no perfect diet or program for all or we would have found it by now. God knows we are looking. The nutrition industry is a billion dollar industry and it seems the more we look, the worse we get.
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, during the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. In 2010, no state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-six states had a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of 30% or more (Source CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html)
So what’s up? I remember when I first looked at my wife’s (Chris) bookshelf. She had more dietary books than the books I read in my 8 years of college. She tried them all and many other women can relate. I say tried because I don’t really think she ever committed to a lifestyle of any 🙂
In the Nutrition Journal, 2008, the title of the research paper says it all, “They all work…when you stick to them”: A qualitative investigation of dieting, weight loss, and physical exercise, in obese individuals.” (Source: Nutrition Journal: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/7/1/34)
Fat Loss Tip #20- Commit To Something! Although, results occur for some immediately, if you are going to try a program, please give it 3-6 months and do your best to have a positive attitude.
Here is a typical example of a lack of commitment- Many know they need to reduce their carbohydrate content or dairy intake, and even feel better when they do, but then consume the food that makes them feel bad a few times a week.
A lack of commitment can occur for several reasons:
- Often times a diet model is used and the dieters are starving. They are malnourished and hungry from the lack of calories. They cheat or quit because their brain wants to be satisfied.
- There is a lack of education. They do not know what to do to achieve satisfaction.
- The program is restricting without giving enough alternatives.
- The program is lacking high quality protein and fat, which can leave a person hungry.
- There are no visible results.
- Pain occurs- constipation and other digestive complaints.
- The program doesn’t fit into one’s lifestyle (I hate this one).
- The person is too busy to commit.
- Lack of preparation.
- Emotional reasons.
- Lack of social support.
- They have more involved needs that the program is too simple to address.
- They need individualized coaching.
- Goal achievement is not really what the person really wants- they really want to lose fat and have fun doing whatever they dam well please.
- And many more.
I do not want you to feel bad for not committing. I just want you to be aware that this is a problem and it will not help you achieve your fat loss goals. There are plenty of times I wanted to achieve something and didn’t follow through, so this is totally normal. I believe this is a great awareness because it means it is okay to fail-now there is no excuse to try again and commit for success.
Steven Covey (leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author) says it come down to your values. This is also what St. Ignatius of Loyola (soldier, a mystic, a writer, a teacher and developer of the Jesuits) stated approximately 500 years ago.
If you really want fat loss you will commit to losing the fat and figure it out. Nothing will get in your way and you will succeed. There are plenty of solutions, but success requires work.
If you are not achieving positive change after 6 months, I do believe it is time to move on and let go. Keep in mind that there are many things that can be done within those 6 months like one on one Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching, Metabolic Typing, Detoxification Programs, Food Sensitivity or Allergy Testing, Functional Lab Work, Acupuncture, Colonics and more. I am here to help and I have a team of health & wellness providers that can assist.
Lastly, keep in mind that sometimes things do get worse before getting better. If things are not going as planned with a specific program consult with a professional, but do not give up until you have given it a true effort.
Your friend & coach,
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