I just read an article about the one thing you have to do if you want to lose weight. Because the subject is worth pondering I want to share a few thoughts with you.
The main idea is that the only way you are going to be able to lose weight and keep it off, is by changing yourself. The reason why most people fail to lose weight is that they are focused on the wrong thing.
Most people who have yet to find success are continually looking for the next big thing that will save them. Maybe this combination of foods will get me there? Maybe this exercise machine will actually make me want to exercise? Maybe this special supplement will finally help me to lose weight? But the problem with all of these solutions is that they are focussed in the wrong direction. They are focussed on a solution that is “out there.” putting too much emphasis on the external solution. And the reason why none of these things have worked in the past is they ignore the most important factor of all: YOU. Or more specifically: your HABITS. Your habits, which are behaviors that you have performed for so long that they’ve become ingrained, are what make you who you are. Habits are the things that you do each day that give rise to your results in every single area of your life. And your weight is no exception.
Any new diet has to contend with your ingrained habits. If you ignore your habits, and try and force a new diet on yourself, you will soon find that it doesn’t last. As soon as your old habits come back, you will gain back weight. So you need to become the kind of person who is able to manage their weight naturally. And you do that by changing your habits.
And you change your habits simply by repeating a behavior over and over again. But there’s more to it than that. You maximize your chance of making the new eating habits stick if you make them easy to fit into your existing lifestyle.
In other words, don’t go for drastic changes that you don’t really want to do. The changes you make need to be ones that you would be happy doing for the rest of your life.
Forget what’s “out there.” And focus on what’s “in here.” Focus on how you can become the kind of person who is able to maintain their weight for life.
(Article by Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan, Mind Body Green)