Do you want to lose weight? Do you really want to get down to a weight that is healthy for you? Just how important is this to you? What if you have weight-related health problems like high blood pressure or cholesterol? High blood sugar or diabetes? Arthritis?
It seems like a majority of the population wants to lose weight. Or so they think. Because when it comes down to it, many people who think they really want to lose weight aren’t willing to make the required level of commitment to it. And if they can’t make it a top priority, I can assure you their chances of succeeding a very small.
Losing Weight Takes Time, Attention and Awareness
No matter how you approach it, losing weight takes time and effort. Although my method does not require people to go on a diet or to deprive themselves of their favorite foods, it does require you to make time to be aware of your eating. That means noticing when you are experiencing bodily hunger, and taking the time to sit down to eat without distractions. To change habits requires a level of awareness so that you do not eat unconsciously. It requires paying attention to your food and really enjoying it so you don’t have cravings. This doesn’t even take into account the desirability of making time to exercise.
Some people who come to work with me tell me they really want to lose weight. They say they really need to lose weight. Some of them have real health problems or are on the verge of developing serious health problems if they don’t lose weight.
Yet they tell me they don’t have time to eat a meal without distractions. They don’t have time to write down what they are eating, which requires them to be aware of how much food they’re putting in their bodies. They are too busy with work, their business, their children, their various other commitments. They’re too stressed out to learn how to stop their stress-induced compulsive eating. Talk about a vicious cycle!
I ask them questions like, “what good is your business if you die of a heart attack?” or “how can you be there for your family if you become disabled from a stroke?” They know this is true, but they still seem unable to make caring for their health a top priority.
Put Caring for Yourself at the Top of Your "To Do" List
To successfully lose weight and keep it off, you have to put caring for yourself at the top of your “to do” list. You have to care about yourself enough to decide that your health is one of the most important things in your life. You have to not only believe this but act like you believe it.
It is not selfish to treat ourselves better than we treat anyone else. It means that we love ourselves enough to make time to take care of our health so we can be there for the people we love the most. When you take care of your health and do the work to end emotional eating, your life is more manageable. You will have less stress or be able to handle stress better so that you do not even feel the urge to eat when you aren’t hungry.
What this requires is making time in your day to do the work of paying attention to what you’re eating and being aware of what’s going on in your life so that you don’t wolf down four cookies before you even realize what you’re doing. Doing the work of losing weight by changing your relationship with food will eventually change your life so that after you lose the weight you will easily keep it off. Forever.
The bottom line is that if you aren't willing to put losing weight at the top of your "to do" list, you aren't ready to lose weight.
If you aren’t ready, you won’t succeed. You have to be ALL IN.
If you’re ready to lose weight and would like to learn more about how I’ve helped many people get rid of their excess weight and keep it off by ending their desire to overeat, sign up for a free consult here. If you’re not sure whether you’re ready, I’d be happy to talk with you as well. If you want to get a taste of how I’m helping people, join my Facebook group, Ditch the Diet Tribe, here.