In the title I said ” Anyone Can Lose Weight”
and this is very accurate but here’s how to keep it off.
The real accomplishment isn’t the weight loss, it’s the behavioral change to maintain the weight loss and not bounce back.
The biggest mistake people make is that they diet until they have lost the weight and then quit and bounce back. The real reason that people bounce back is because they never really changed any of their bad behaviors/habits, instead they just put them on the shelf for later. No permanent changes to their lifestyle were ever made.
Some examples of easy behavioral changes:
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating regular “real food” meals
- Not binge drinking
- Exercise daily (cardio, resistance, yoga)
Some major behavioral issues that people never deal with are:
- Emotional eating
- Peer pressure
- Self esteem
- Body image
Until all of the behavioral changes are made, true weight loss will always be a struggle. Self-help books will help, but they cannot give you feedback. Friends will most often tell you that you are doing great because they fear hurting your feelings. The best way to make solid behavioral changes is to work with a life coach or therapist that is not connected to you in any way. You want that person to be able to be completely honest with you at all times. What you need is guided therapy not cuddling or judgement.
Every behavioral change easy and major can be made. They just will not happen overnight. Just like weight loss should not happen overnight. As the phrase is written “If it’s valuable to you, you will work for it”. Develop patience and stop believing the hype about quick weight loss it’s not what you want.