Healthy Weight Loss

Dieting is a temporary fix, if that’s all you’re doing. Even when the only change you make in your life is taking in fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. And while the results look good, 98% of the time, you’ll end up regaining the weight because you haven’t healed the underlying issues at the core of your overweight.

Healthy weight loss that lasts heals the body, mind, and spirit. And at the end of it all, you’re not just creating a slimmer body but new habits – a new way of thinking about food that leads to a healthy relationship with food that will serve you well as you maintain your weight loss and your healthier body.

Your thinking and your body size are directly related. Who would have thought it? It’s one of those things that should be obvious but it’s not, until you discover the truth of it for yourself. Let me say this again cause it’s really, hugely, incredibly important: Your thinking and your body size are directly related. If you remember nothing else from this writing, remember that.

In the past, when you’ve ended diets and lost weight, if you didn’t change the way you related to or thought about food, it’s likely that unwanted pounds piled right back on, perhaps faster than you took them off! The lesson is that your body will always match the way you think about food. If you want to maintain a slim body, you can never go back to thinking about food the way you used to and you can never go back to eating the way you used to eat.

This is the secret to lasting change. If you heal your thinking, weight stops being an issue, period!

What is food to you? Is it a lover, a friend, a source of comfort, entertainment? If you relate to it in these ways, looking to it to give you things it was never designed to provide, you’re likely to have an ongoing weight problem. If having an ongoing weight problem is not something you covet, and it’s just a wild guess on my part that this is not the case, it’s time to tweak your thinking about food. Here’s how: you create a new habit of seeing the whole picture, the whole truth of food, and then your misguided relationship with it will disappear for good.

Like I said earlier, healing weight issues and healthy weight loss are multi-faceted and if you want the healing to stick, quick fixes won’t do it. The five steps, I outline in my book, Skinny Thinking, were the only thing that worked for me after a 35-year battle with my weight. The five steps are:

  1. Wise Food Choices,
  2. Wise Eating
  3. Wise Thinking
  4. Wise Expressing
  5. Wise Relationship with the Body

Okay, back to “healthy weight loss.” I promised guidance in taking off unwanted pounds so my guess is that you’re looking for diet advice but because I’m not a nutritionist, I don’t feel qualified to opine on the various diets out there. But it’s common knowledge that crash diets can be harmful, so I do suggest gradual weight loss. This tends to be most sustainable approach and because it takes a long time, you naturally spend more time creating and reinforcing the new healthy habits that will serve you well as you maintain your new weight. Healing is all about creating new habits: new eating, thinking, and living habits.

Most diets can help you lose weight provided you reduce your caloric intake. Simple. You just make sure that you take in fewer calories than you burn each day. If it were me (and it was me recently) I would pick a diet that was closest to the way I planned to eat after the diet was over. In this way, there is very little transition; you simply add back a few hundred calories per day after you’ve lost the weight.

If you have a lot of weight to lose you might want to be a bit more aggressive in your calorie reduction, and even reduce your intake in steps. If your daily maintenance allowance is 2200 calories you might want to limit yourself to 1700 calories to start with, and then as you lose weight, move down to 1500 calories, and then 1300 calories as you get closer to your goal weight. Anyway, you get the idea!

When I was following the Five Steps, I had less weight to lose and chose to cut my calories by 100-200 a day. It took me four months to reach my goal weight. Oddly enough I wasn’t in any hurry because my diet was my new lifestyle, the way I planned to eat for the rest of my life. I was just eating a bit less.

If you want to make it easier on yourself, and I say why not make it easier on yourself when you can, chose a diet that replicates the way you want to continue to eat, even after the diet. So, if you have less weight to lose, cutting your daily intake, even by 100-200 calories a day will suffice. The loss may be slower, but it will be easier to maintain because you will be well practiced in your new, wiser way of eating. Good luck and happy losing!

If you have a lot of weight to lose you might want to be a bit more aggressive in your calorie reduction and even reduce your intake in steps. If you maintenance daily allowance is 2200 calories you might want to limit yourself to 1700 calories to start with, and then as you lose weight, move down to 1500 calories, and then 1300 as you get closer to your goal weight.

When I was implementing the Five Steps, I had less weight to lose and chose to cut my calories by 100-200 a day. It took me four months to reach my goal weight. Oddly enough I wasn’t in any hurry because I chose to diet within my new way of eating. This was my new lifestyle, the way I planned to eat for the rest of my life. I was just eating a bit less.

If you want to make it easier on yourself, chose a diet that replicates the way you want to continue to eat, even after the diet. So, if you have less weight to lose, cutting your daily intake, even by 100-200 calories a day will suffice. The loss may be slower, but it will be easier to maintain because you will be well practiced in your new, wiser way of eating.

Good luck and happy losing!