Losing weight isn’t just about food

At some point in our lives we’ve all thought we could do with losing a few pounds and the reasons behind it are very personal and have different meanings for each and every one of us – and all are equally as valid. 

However, losing the weight and being successful isn’t just about endless hours of sweating your bits off in the gym and eating a lettuce leaf for dinner.

It’s about much more than that and believe it or not, the food and exercise part of shifting the pounds actually comes at the bottom of the list.

You may be thinking GREAT! I hate exercise and love my food too much so this is something I can get on board with or thinking, really Sam, have you gone mad? 

Logic says they should be top of the list.

It isn’t about counting calories, having red or green days or restricting what you eat. It’s simply about eating the RIGHT foods at the RIGHT time and changing your ‘bad’ habits.

You cannot out exercise a bad diet.

Success to sustained weight loss and a healthy body is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.

Enough said.

Before you decide to embark on any kind of weight loss, I’d like you to get yourself a piece of paper and answer these three questions;

Why do you want to lose weight?

The key to sustained weight loss and staying healthy starts with understanding why you want to lose weight. Are you doing it because you want to, have to or because someone else thinks you should?

Are you in the right head space?

Now you know why you want to lose weight you need to feel good about it. If you cannot get yourself in the right place mentally you may as well give up now. Having a positive mental attitude is the MOST important factor in being successful.

Have you set your goals?

Clearly know what it is you want to achieve by losing weight. You need to write down everything you don’t want. Then write down the complete opposite. This then becomes everything you DO want.

Only when you have answered these three questions and feel good about what you’ve written down are you ready to begin your journey. 

If you’re still struggling with how and what to answer, you simply aren’t ready yet and it may be that you need to re-assess why you actually think you need to lose weight.

Go back and read the first question again.  

Check your answer.

Can you honestly say you are ready to answer the next two?