Scroll down to hear the seven-minute podcast recorded in my car that goes over the essential points in this blog.
As mentioned in previous life coaching blogs, the most popular goal amongst my life coaching clients is losing weight. Sometimes, losing weight quickly. What I want to cover in this quick blog is the importance of committing to wholesale change. Avoid the word diet (which is perceived, whether you know it or not, as something temporary) and focus on a sustainable goal.
Over a decade, I’ve studied health and nutrition to use in my own fitness routines and there have been A LOT of popular diets. Most popularly called ‘fad diets’. Here are some essential and important points to remember when realizing this goal of losing weight:
- Avoid fad diets. If your eating style has a name attached to it (e.g. Atkins, Keto, South Beach), you’re on a fad diet. While these diets give tremendous results in a short period of time, this translates to short-lived and isn’t sustainable.
- When changing your eating habits, decrease, do not eliminate. If chocolate has been a regular part of your diet, suddenly eliminating chocolate will make your life extremely uncomfortable and you will eventually go back to eating it (sometimes, initially, in larger quantities than you were before!).
- The biologically need to consume important nutrients (e.g. carbohydrates, good fats, dairy vitamins) is more powerful than your willpower. Eliminating an important nutrient from your eating habits isn’t sustainable (or healthy!).
- If you lose 20 pounds in a month through a fad diet, look forward to gaining that weight back within the next few months. Whatever behavior was used to lose that weight will be corrected by your body’s instinctual need (fad diets are also often called yo-yo diets because your weight goes up and down in short periods of time).
- Commit to slow and steady consistent change to gain long-term results.
- Increase activity, identify and decrease unhealthy sources of calories.
Here’s the podcast going into more detail on the above points, enjoy!
It’s such a common goal, it gets three separate blogs. Health and nutrition will actually get a lot of attention as, without it, achieving other goals becomes more challenging than they could be if health were more under control.
Losing Weight is actually extremely simple, as it’s basic foundation is driven through static scientific physiology. Essentially, if you do A, you will get B. There is no mystery or magic behind it. The weight loss challenge exists due to the fact that we live in a culture that pushes us to consume all kinds of delicious food. Overcoming the psychological temptation is the key to immersing yourself in the science that will create weight loss.
Here are the three simple keys to losing weight and feeling great:
1. Calorie count
Everyone has a minimum calorie count that will trigger weight loss. You’ll have to figure out your own based on age and height.
Eating 1000 calories of pizza vs eating 1000 calories of carrots will administer the same weight loss results. However, you won’t feel great in either situation…
This doesn’t mean, essentially, sweating it out at the gym every single day. Fitness could be just getting your heart to pump blood through your veins for 20 minutes at a faster pace than it normally would.
And that’s it. Calorie count, micronutrients, and fitness. So simple, yet so hard to commit to.
So how do we commit to it? Well, that requires intensive goal setting and establishing a powerful WHY, which a life coach can help with.
Losing Weight, as mentioned previously, is one of the most common reasons someone would hire a life coach. It’s the number one reason people decide to hire me. The reason, however, why my clients want to lose weight, usually digs deeper into more profound limiting beliefs I enjoy uncovering.
And it usually surrounds trying to impress someone. The tragedy behind that reason is that three things happen:
A) The subject is impressed, but their response is underwhelming.
B) The subject is impressed, the receiver receives all that they were hoping for, but, like an addicts high, the feeling dissipates over time.
C) The subject is unimpressed.
All three of these events lead my clients back to their normal eating habits…
The take away here is to find a reason YOU want to impress yourself. Most of my clients learn very quickly that my approach is guided toward self-love.
Do things for yourself and you’ll be amazed at the power you’ll have in achieving your goals.
‘How do I lose weight?’ This is the most common question I receive as a Life Coach. It’s popular for many obvious reasons, but the most valuable reason is that it is so by far one of the most difficult goals to stick to while seemingly should be so easy…
The issue with this question is that it’s the wrong question. The appropriate question should be ‘How do I change my lifestyle so that I look and feel great 100% of the time?!’
Ask yourself that question and write down all of the things that come to your mind. Then ask yourself, ‘Why do I need to lose weight?’
With Life Coaching, we dig deep on this question and identify limiting beliefs that force you to take part in the most common attribute to weight gain – stress eating. Tackling that issue has helped my clients begin a foundation that leads to PERMANENT weight loss.