IS THIS YOU?
I hear these same things week after week from patients and clients who are struggling with their weight.
I’m so exhausted.
I have no willpower.
I can’t seem to stick to a diet.
I’m totally lacking in motivation.
I’m so depressed.
I can’t seem to change things.
They are after a solution from me.....
Can you do a blood test to see why I’m so tired?
Can you tell me how to make myself stick to the latest diet?
Can you give me an eating / exercise plan I can really maintain?
How can I actually lose weight and keep it off this time?
Of course, I can do all of the above. Blood tests, eating plans, exercise regimes – easy!
But sticking to it, getting the motivation, feeling happier – that needs a different approach.
If you keep doing the same things you will get the same outcome.
The more you keep trying the same, flawed approach and failing, the more demotivated you will become. (And the more you will put your body’s natural weight control mechanisms out of sync.)
So, it’s time to go a bit deeper and ask yourself why you are struggling so much. Willpower will fail every time when you are tired, depressed or stressed. There is no point in trying to stick to a diet without tackling some of those underlying issues whether they are career related, relationship problems or more. Yes, we all think that those issues will be easier to deal with WHEN we’ve lost weight and feel more confident. But the fact is, they are getting in our way of losing the weight in the first place.
And, of course, you have heard me say that the standard dieting approach is deeply flawed in the first place. Repeated diets just won’t work and will make weight loss harder and harder. Have you been dieting for years and are just heavier than ever? I rest my case!
If you want a different outcome, you need a different approach.
Start by tackling everything that is making you unhappy, stressed or tired OTHER THAN YOUR WEIGHT!
I challenge you to forget your weight completely for the next two weeks and just use your energy to tackle anything else you can possibly think of that is draining you. Explore new career options, spend time with family building relationships, even just clear out those cupboards or deal with that paperwork that is constantly at the back of your mind.
Then, once you have done that for a fortnight, you should feel more focused, positive and motivated to address your weight.
But, forget the dieting approach. There is no one magic diet. Willpower isn’t the key. Instead, losing weight is about recruiting your body’s natural mechanisms and getting everything back in sync. Muscle, brain, gut bacteria, brown fat, hormones .... get all of those working with you (instead of destroying them with yo-yo dieting) and weight loss becomes a whole lot easier.
Let me know how you get on!
And if you need more help then just get in touch for info on my 12 week, online weight loss masterclass - starting soon. It may be just what you need to get your weight back under control, for good.