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12 Days of Fitness 2018: Day 1 – Weight Loss Once and For All

(This is part 1 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful health and fitness tips over the holiday season)

I see a lot of people hopping from diet to diet. Many of you have tried several diets in your lifetime, and you’ve come to the conclusion that they didn’t work. You might have lost a little weight, but you didn’t maintain it. And weight maintenance is a requirement for a successful lifestyle change. You blame the program for our failure. Either that or you beat yourself up.

Weight Loss Has Nothing To Do With Intelligence

A lot of people who struggle with weight loss are very successful in other parts of their life. They have good jobs. They have good friends. They have a family that loves them. They’re smart people who are having a hard time losing weight, and they can’t understand why it’s so hard to figure out. Some of the brightest minds in the world are experiencing a real struggle to lose weight. So don’t view yourself as lacking in intelligence just because you’re having a hard time reaching your goals.

Losing Weight Takes Practice

Weight loss (and maintenance) is a skill you have to develop over a lifetime. You have to practice it. There’s likely nothing wrong with the majority of the programs you’ve tried. There’s a good chance they’ve worked for a lot of people. It’s natural to think the program doesn’t work for you, but in reality, you likely didn’t persist long enough through the struggle to realize your true potential. Think back to when you learned to ride a bike. When you fell off did you say, “this bike doesn’t work. I’m going to get rid of it and get a new one that will work better.” No. You stuck with it. You figured out why you failed and you put a plan in place so it wouldn’t happen again. The same goes for weight loss programs. It’s not about avoiding the struggle. It’s about seeing those struggles as opportunities for growth and learning how to navigate them. You push forward and you grow. You find the parts that work for your personality and adjust the rest. You make the program your own. Then you become the new habits you’ve created.

Consistency Beats Perfection

So many people expect perfection from themselves, so at the first signs of failure they run the other way. But you have to let that perfectionist attitude go and understand that the struggle is a natural part of the transformation process. You need it to grow and change. So work on taking consistent action and be patient. Commit fully to your journey. Work through the tough times and don’t give up. This is going to take time. What you do today doesn’t always show up tomorrow. It’s a cumulative effect over time. Make more of the good choices and fewer of the bad ones. When you make a mistake, learn from it, let it go, and then move on. Keep pushing forward until you reach the next opportunity to grow. Every barrier you break through raises the floor of your success. Don’t avoid the struggle. Attack it head on.

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of the 12 Days of Fitness

Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better.

 

 

 

 

The Business of Failure

download (2)Why would anyone go into business if they thought they were going to fail?  Despite the statistics of new start ups that plunder in the first three to five years (2/3 in two years, 44% in four years) not one of them would say they took the leap of faith because they knew they would fail. Failure is not a goal, at least not for anyone who sets out to do something they dream about.  So why then do people try every new diet fad year after year when they know, or may be it is because they don’t, that they are doomed to failure? Is it desperation, blind faith, or the belief that “this time is going to be different”?

Consider the research that reports that 95% of those who diet are guaranteed failure, and of the 5% that do see some results, 95% of them gain it all back and then some in three years.  These statistics say it all.  Go on a diet and you will most certainly fail.  What kind of winning proposition is that? Would you invest 100% of your assets if you knew that you would lose 95%?  That’s exactly what society has done with its health, particularly its nutrition, and why the current obesity epidemic is not going to go away for quite some time. What is it about dieting that makes it so popular despite its low success rate?

The American way is that we want it fast and we want it now.  With certain aspects of life, this thought process may deliver.  However, our bodies do not work that way.  Despite all the media hoopla, all the sensationalized TV shows, and an impatient, reactive society, the body’s resistance to dieting is nature’s way of saying, “you lose – I win”.  Our bodies are designed to do one thing and that is to keep us alive.  Here’s a little history lesson to prove why diets never work.

Long ago before Wawa and Starbuck’s, there was man and the land.  To survive, he had to eat. To eat, he had to hunt and gather.  When there was nothing around to hunt or gather, he relied on stored energy (bodyfat) to keep him alive. Unfortunately, there were times when this could go on for several days with little to no food and the reason they did not die (fail) was because of the body’s natural defense against starvation. Like starving, restriction of calories (aka dieting) tells the body to enter into its survival mode.  Survival mode involves slowing of the metabolism (energy conservation), increase in fat storage enzymes (storing energy), decrease in fat burning enzymes (energy utilization), and an increase in the hunger response.  Dieting, although planned, is nothing more than premeditated starvation.  The struggle begins when an attempt to drop weight is met with the body fighting to keep it.  The winner in this endless struggle is the body. By restricting calories, the body is programmed to battle and resist every effort to drop weight. The simple truth in this is that diets can not and do not work, despite all the gimmicks and tricks that are sold to us.  If it was just as easy as cutting calories back and avoiding all the food we crave, the diet statistics would paint a different picture.

Dieting is not about losing weight.  Dieting is about quick fixes and remedies to resolve lingering problems that can not be corrected overnight.  It is psychologically, physically, emotionally, and socially draining.  It is about disobeying the laws of nature and developing habits that are not conducive to most people’s lifestyles. Even the word diet says d-i-e. Healthy living and avoiding controllable failures is all about lifestyle. In 10,000 years, man may have adapted to his new surroundings but his survival mechanism has not, and when our society has come to understand that concept, we will be in the business of success.

Featured in March 2010 issue of the 422 Business Advisor