Monday, September 19, 2011

How to master weight control

We don’t usually associate weight loss with mastery. Most of us think like this: I want to lose weight, so I’ll go on a diet. That’s it, we check out the latest diet fad and try and stick to it. Most of us know what happens next: we try— we fail— and we try again. For many it becomes a vicious circle…

…most never master the art of lasting weight control…here’s why:

Human beings in general tend to be motivated by the quick fix. We are not into delaying gratification. We want it now. Not tomorrow, or next week, but now. We’re too busy, too stressed and life’s just too short. That seems to be how it is for many, but there is a better way…

…the path to mastery (of anything) is not always easy. It takes commitment, patience, and it takes desire. But when we’re able to do this our life starts to change—for the better— and with it, our self-esteem too.

So how do we master the habit of weight control? First we have to find out what works and what doesn’t: For example, science tells us that the number 1 reason we gain weight is because we consume more calories than we need. We also know that the best form of exercise for burning fat is high intensity exercise.

To master control of our weight we need a plan that we can follow for the rest our lives—not some fad diet that we get bored with. When it comes to exercise, we have to be realistic about the routine we follow. We can’t expect to “suddenly” work out every day for 2 hours, 7 days a week. Or can we expect to “suddenly” live on 600 calories a day. It’s a lifestyle change we need.

So to summarise: Get the facts about what really works. Forget fad diets. Choose a way of eating that you can follow for the rest of your life. Find a mentor, or coach who can show you the way, then practice, practice, practice…that’s how you become good at anything, and that includes controlling your weight.

Until next time.