Wednesday 3 March 2010

Getting out of a vicious circle

I just watched the final episode of Operation Transformation and it left me wondering... What happens next for the leaders? 8 weeks of media attention, vigorous exercise, commando training and eating plans.... Of course they lost weight, its inevitable with all that support and attention. But what now? will they keep it up? Or flop out over the next week or two with the anti-climax, then go back to old habits?

And what about the rest of us? Without access to personal trainers, nutritionists, the army or motivational coaches, how can we do it alone? It seems like an impossible task to lose weight without all that support. But it doesn't have to be. There's a trick to losing weight, and it starts with a decision to make a change. Just one change at a time is all a person can successfully make.

I suggest that diets don't work. The secret to successful weight loss is understanding how we got where we are in the first place. What emotional issues underly our eating habits? What, in fact, are our eating habits? If you want to lose weight, and you are serious about it, then keep a food diary and be honest about it. What did you eat, when, and what was going on for you at the time. Do it for a week and see if there is a pattern... do it for a month and go deeper into it. You might learn something about yourself in the process, and the food will start to look less appetising.

Make a change for life, not just for a few weeks.

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