3 Tips on How to Lose Weight by Changing Your Thinking
Do you want to lose weight, or have another goal that requires willpower? This article shares the 3 tips that helped me most in my success.
Do you want to lose weight, or workout more regularly? Nearly 95% of all my coaching clients either want to do less or more of some behavior. This statistic prompted me to do an experiment. I wanted to know how much I could withstand.
On the suggestion of a client who had great success on the Fast Metabolism Diet, I decided to apply my willpower to this 28 day challenge. For 28 days, I was able to restrict what I ate and drank without any cheating. I lost 15 pounds. While that in itself is a fantastic achievement, the best part of the experience was increasing my newly learned Willpower Instinct.
Let me give you some context. I’ve been overweight since elementary school. I’ve tried all manner of diets and workouts to lose weight, with some success. I’ve never been on a diet where I didn’t cheat within the first week. Usually I gain the weight back—and then some. Every dieter knows this roller coaster. This time was different. This time, I focused on my increased willpower vs. my increased sacrifice. These 3 tips helped me the most.
1. Everyone knows that whenever you tell yourself, “Don’t eat the cake,” your mind instinctively wants more cake. For over a decade, I’ve been helping clients revise their goals with this simple technique: Phrase your goal positively. For example, “Whenever I want cake, eat a piece of fruit instead.”
2. Imagine that every morning you had to decide if you wanted to shower, brush your teeth, and get dressed for work. Habits and routines help us to tune out distractions. This allows us to focus on our main goal, because there is no deciding in the moment. Turns out, having a routine helps your willpower be stronger. By using the meal planner in the Fast Metabolism Cookbook, I was able to focus on the nutritious Paleo food I wanted to eat, rather than succumb to temptations.
3. If 95% of my clients are looking to modify their behavior, you are right to assume that a large part of my coaching is providing accountability. While I’ve got room for a few new clients in my practice, you can also find a buddy to provide this service. For the diet, I used my husband. After all, I was cooking for both of us. (He lost 30 pounds by the way—men usually lose more). When temptation came along (a BBQ at a friend’s house with margaritas and sugared treats), he and I could remind each other about what was important: our health and well-being.
I hope you’re inspired to put your willpower to the test in some way. I’d love to hear about your challenge and your success.