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Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Secret to Successful Weight Loss

This may come as a surprise to you, but the secret to successful weight loss won't be found in a diet club, or the latest diet book. It also won't be achieved purely by cutting calories, or eating the latest so-called 'diet' foods. The secret to successful weight loss is found in YOU.

The diet industry is booming and making massive profits by preying on vulnerable people who are trapped in a continuous cycle of 'quick fixes'.
Many of these diets are unhealthy or downright dangerous. Crash dieting causes our bodies to burn muscle instead of fat. Diets that cut calories, usually result in us cutting vital nutrients- including the ones that are essential for converting fat into energy. Diets just don't work in the long-term.

Research shows that between 90-95% of people will put more weight back on following a diet.

Most of us already know what a healthy diet is and understand that we need to exercise in order to stay healthy and slim; so why do we find it so difficult to make these small changes?

Weight loss is often the symptom, not the cause. Changing your beliefs is perhaps the most important ingredient in successful slimming. If you believe that you CAN do it, that you're worth it, and you're prepared to make the changes necessary to support those beliefs; then you've already won half of the battle.

It's hard work being overweight...

It's not easy to spend everyday not feeling great about yourself. It's not easy to feel tired all of the time and lack energy. Feeling sluggish after a meal isn't wonderful. Life itself can also be hard work when a lack of confidence holds you back.

You have to work hard at being overweight, yet we do this because it supports the beliefs we hold true for ourselves.

If you work as hard at changing your limiting-beliefs, and adopt new habits to support the belief that you CAN do it; you will become the slim, healthy person that you want to be before you know it.

So how do you make the changes?

1) Understand that how you treat your body, is a direct reflection of your beliefs. Value yourself, and you will value your body.

2) Clearly define the reasons that you want to lose weight. Write these down and also add how life will be different in 6 months time if succeed (pin it up somewhere prominent as an everyday reminder).

3) Raise you're standards; stop tolerating processed, unhealthy food and a lack of exercise. You DESERVE to feel great, and to be healthy...only accept a lifestyle that will support this.

4) Make small, consistent changes and stick with them. Don't try to change your diet in one week; it will be restrictive, boring and you're much more likely to give up. Just make one or two small changes each week (maybe cut down on caffeine, swap white bread and pasta for brown, swap the chocolate biscuit for fruit and a yoghurt, or go for a 10 minute power walk etc.). In just a few short months, the small changes will all add up to a massive transformation in your diet and your health.

5 )Celebrate your success and reward yourself for your hard work!

Finally, get support. Make sure that you have someone to be accountable to, who will pick you up when times get hard and motivate you to keep going. If you need extra help with your exercise routine, hire a personal trainer. If you need help with limiting beliefs hire a coach.

You CAN do it!

Gerry Henderson is a personal and professional coach; helping others improve confidence, self worth, find their true values, and put the passion and balance back into life.

Passionate about helping people realise their true potential and discover what they CAN do, but don't; Gerry strives motivate and inspire others.

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