Diets Donít Work. Period.
Posted in the Kennett Square Forum
Since: Feb 11
#1 Feb 10, 2011
Diets, exercise programs and behavior modification do not work for ninety percent of the people who want to permanently lose weight. Why? It is hard to change. There are no magic pills, potions, or berries that help you lose weight long term. People look at dieting as something they do until they reach their short term goal and then they go back to their old eating and lifestyle habits. That is the bad news.
The good news is that you can change any behavior anytime in your life, if you want to. This is because of brain plasticity or rewiring (I will explain brain rewiring in a later blog). It takes the average person two to three months to develop a new habit and rewire their brain.
If you want to lose weight, you have to exercise more and eat less. You have to burn more calories than you consume. It is that simple. The million dollar question is: How do you do this for the rest of your life? The two things you have to do for permanent weight loss are having a big purpose and developing self awareness.
I have a friend, a medical physician, who lost 35 pounds and has kept it off for fifteen years. His big purpose was: he did not want to take cholesterol medication for the rest of his life. He knew of the harmful side effects of taking statin drugs (cholesterol lowering). His purpose was big enough for him to lose the weight and keep it off. Your purpose has to be your choice.
Write your purpose down where you can see it often. Put your purpose on your refrigerator or on your smart phone. Make sure you look and recite your purpose at least once per day.
In the next blog, I will discuss how you can develop self awareness.
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