Yes, it is possible to lose weight and keep it off. While there is an element of genetics and other factors that can play a role in a person’s ability to lose weight, there is a level of success that we all can reach. Really there is no secret to losing weight and there is no quick fix. Becoming healthy and fit is not just a decision, it’s an attitude. I see hundreds of people make a decision every January to lose weight and get fit, but most of them quit their program within a month or two. Having an attitude to get fit and lose weight is much more than just getting a membership to a gym or hiring a personal trainer. It’s a lifestyle change that requires commitment. Your results will be determined by your attitude, drive and persistence.
I recommended a book to a friend called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” from Robert Kiyosaki. On the back it states, this book teaches people how to be millionaires. My friend finished the book and said to me, “he didn’t tell me what to do!” This statement spoke volumes to me about the attitude I’ve seen many people carry through their everyday living. So many clients just want me to tell them what to do. For many of them, it doesn’t matter what I tell them. They never had the mindset to be successful. In Kiyosaki’s book, I found he never told me what to do in specific actions, but he helped me to take a look at my past behavior, what I have been taught and how to change my attitude to become more successful. It is a change in mindset and making a commitment that will allow you to become the healthy and fit person you want to be. Here are some things to think about the next time you say its time to lose weight.
Recognize your programs
What are the things that hold you back? What are the excuses you make? What are the behaviors you engage in that keep you from obtaining what you want? People always say “Commit to change.” Well easier said than done. It’s very difficult to commit to going somewhere when we don’t recognize where we are or where we’ve been. I learned in a seminar that your programs are the hard wiring within you that drives thoughts and actions. Programs certainly can’t be changed overnight, but you can reflect on what hurdles you that makes it difficult for you to be successful with your weight loss goals. Lack of self-confidence can lead to procrastination and excuses. This is a program that affects many. Recognize your programs, behaviors, and attitudes and you’ll better understand where you’ve been and where you are. Then you can move forward to where you want to be.
Make a Commitment
This comes down to integrity, do what you say you are going to do. Have a plan and commit to executing it. Make your goals realistic, focus on short achievements, and celebrate small successes along the way. Have a goal of consistency. Your plan should include committing to consistent activity. Make a goal to drink 8 glasses of water a day or have a goal of eating 5 small meals everyday. Success in these short term achievements will reap rewards in your long term weight loss goals.
Have a support system
It’s much easier to be successful having the help of others. Tell your family, friends, co-workers that you have a weight loss goal, and let them help. Work with a Personal Trainer, or Registered Dietician and let them help. A support system can come in the form of encouragement, companionship, and accountability, and can make your road to weight loss success much more enjoyable.
Most important to any exercise program is consistency. With a little consistency you can develop habits, and then you’ll be less likely to regress. You will reach your weight loss goals faster when you stay on track and don’t let your hurdles get in the way. This goes for your diet as well. It’s ok to have a cheat day, but make it just one. If you are consistent, you will get results.
I have found in my experience that the reasons people are unsuccessful have less to do with what exercise program their on and more to do with a persons attitude and mindset. Having knowledge about nutrition and diet, a good fitness program, and the right tools and fitness equipment can be very helpful. But if you have ever found yourself making the same resolution every year, reflect on these weight loss tips, and next time you make the commitment to lose weight or get in shape, you will be successful.