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What Do You Think??

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Here are 5 thoughts that go through our heads when we are looking at food and trying to figure out how it fits into weight loss.  Each of these beliefs just touch the surface.  I would love to continue in conversation with any of you who would like to have more information or further discussion!!  Please comment at the end!  We all learn from each other’s experiences and wisdom, and this is a forum to share.


Belief #1: I Lack Willpower

Dieting is not about willpower.  If it were about that or just wanting it badly enough, the world would be thinner.  Successful weight management is about change and beliefs.  

It’s about cultivating “skillpower.”  Good news - the skills required aren’t the classic triad of suffering, sacrifice and struggle!  Instead, the skills required are organization, planning and thoughtfulness.  (Of course, that doesn’t mean these are easy . . .)


Belief #2:  If My Weight Isn’t As Low As I Think It Should Be, I’m Not Healthy

People can be healthy, no matter what their weight or body mass index is. Health has many variables.  It is far too complex to limit it to a number on the scale.


Belief #3: Dieting Has To Be Hard  

For weight management to last, it cannot be such a difficult process that we feel like we are going to suffer - that most certainly guarantees that we won’t.

In order to effect long-term change, we need to improve the path to where we want to go.  Instead of “suffering through,” we need to focus on ways to make living with less food or fewer calories easier.  Be more thoughtful and make choices each day that will carve your path to success.  


Belief #4:  I Can Exercise Away Poor Food Choices

No doubt exercise has a powerful impact on our bodies - if it didn’t, I surely wouldn’t have a job!!!  However, when all is said and done, food choices are responsible for 70-80% of a person’s weight, and fitness covers the remaining 20-30%.  Pretty staggering, huh??


Belief #5:  Cheat Days Make Dieting Easier

Unfortunately, our modern food environment might pack a caloric potential to erase nearly an entire week of “perfect” choices in 1 cheat meal.  Not a whole cheat day - 1 meal! OK - here’s a perspective:  if you were aiming to lose 1 lb a week, 5 day’s worth of effort would go to just work off that 1 cheat meal.  Cheating also makes it easier to cheat more - enough said!  Feeling the need to cheat is probably coming from something else being wrong or overly restrictive food choices.


 I've worked as a fitness professional for over 30 years. I provide a customized program for each client, from teens to seniors, that exactly meets their life situation.


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    epunicorn Friday, 06 February 2015

    It seems like all the "rules" are different when you get to a certain age. Plus all of us have different metabolisms. Mine is one that focuses on Status Quo. I can binge a bit -- like over the holidays -- and not gain. On the other hand, I've never been able to lose weight, except the one time I did "starve" via WW. Over the years, I have added about 25 lbs that now seem permanent.
    Meaning? I don't know, just wanted to add my 2 cents!

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    Diane Sunday, 08 February 2015

    You are so right regarding rules!!! These posed are very general, and barely touch the surface of any underlying causes and each individual! Thanks tons for your 2 cents, and we can surely explore things personally if you'd like. On the other hand, you may be healthy and at peace right where your weight is.
    i appreciate your comment, and it does let me know that maybe too many generalizations may not be helpful to individuals!

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