Today I’d like to share with you the most common weight loss myths debunked so you can finally get on with it and work towards maintaining a healthy weight in the long-term.
Almost all of my hypnosis clients have tried every fad diet, pill and potion on the market only to fail miserably time and time again.
Why do we keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result? Well, it’s partly because there are a lot of confusing messages coming your way about the highly elusive subject of successful weight management.
MYTH #1: Weight Loss Should Be Easy
Yes, the billion dollar weight loss industry would love to have you believe that. This is why they spend so much money literally ‘hypnotising’ you to swallow this bunch of malarkey.
The real truth is that achieving (and maintaining) a healthy weight can be very hard at times, especially when those around you are eating whatever they like whenever they like.
Australia is the fifth fattest nation behind the United States. What that means is that most people don’t take care of their bodies.
If you choose to rise to the challenge and commit to regular healthy eating and exercise, you will be in a minority group – and that can be a little disheartening at times.
MYTH# 2: Weight Loss Should Be Quick
Most of my clients have spent a fortune in time and money chasing after so-called miracle diets which required them to restrict their calories to the nth degree.
Initially they lost a LOT of weight very quickly. This is the seductive nature of the fad diet. If followed to the letter there IS some initial success.
But Fast forward to 6 months in the future when the diet is a distant memory from the past and you will see a very different story; one of despondency and despair as those quickly shed kilos come back to collect their dues.
I like to promote a more conservative approach; my weight loss program follows the 80/20 rule – you do the right thing 80% of the time and sometimes you’re allowed to have treats. Yes, you lose weight slower – but you keep that weight off in the long term.
MYTH #3: Weight Loss Should Be Fun
Actually sometimes it can be dead boring. The ‘losing’ bit is exciting, shiny and new. You can feel your clothes getting looser, people are commenting on how great you look and it feels wonderful.
But when you actually reach your goal, that’s when the hard work starts. That’s when you have to continue eating healthy most of the time (when most of your friends aren’t) and exercising regularly.
But at the end of the day you have to ask yourself ‘why am I doing this?’ Chances are you look and feel better when you’re a healthy weight.
If you really (I mean REALLY) want this CAN do it. But if a part of you, for whatever reason, doesn’t want this, you need to get your headspace right. A good, qualified hypnotherapist can help you negotiate the devil on your shoulder.
MYTH #4: There Is A Magic Food Out There I haven’t Tried Yet
No… there isn’t.
There’s healthy, low fat food and there’s the rest. If you put good food into your body then it will reward you with good health and a stabilised weight.
Of course there are always exceptions to the rule – those who have thyroid problems or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome will know how hard it is to budge the extra kilos despite doing all the right things.
But for the majority of us, the standard rules apply; calories in vs. calories out. No self-proclaimed super-food will make the process any easier.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off you have to see those weight loss myths for what they are – debunked, false, illusions. If you’d like to get your head around your weight problem you can reach me via my contact page any time.What’s the biggest myth you’ve fallen for? I’d love to hear about it so feel free to tell me by making a comment below: