Weight Loss Faith
Everyone loves to eat and drink during the holiday season, but as soon as the New Year rolls around we scramble to get healthy and lose weight. “To ensure weight loss success, you need accurate information,” says Laurie Bell, an internationally recognized weight loss and health expert, and the author of the new book, Lose the Lies, Lose the Weight: The Ultimate Guide to Permanent Weight Loss. (Back to the Basics Publishing, LLC 2006).
The statistics aren’t optimistic. Of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s diet and health resolutions, most give up after the first month. Many of these attempts are from lifelong yo-yo dieters who have been unsuccessful in the past. The good news? It doesn’t matter how many times you have� � failed at weight loss or lost weight only to regain it back. In her new book, Lose the Lies, Lose the Weight: The Ultimate Guide to Permanent Weight Loss, fitness expert Laurie Bell provides the information you need to drop those pounds and keep them off.
1. Go ahead, eat it, one time won’t hurt you. How many times have you told yourself that one time won’t hurt? The whole problem is, it’s never just “one time.” Getting fit is like entering a race. Your beautiful body is waiting at the finish line. To get to the finish line, you must eat right and exercise. Desserts and second helpings move you away from the finish line. If you overate 1,000 calories, you would� � have to eat considerably less and exercise considerably more just to burn those calories off. By burning off 1,000 indulgence calories, you wouldn’t be losing any weight. You would� � just get back to the weight you were before you indulged. You would� � have to burn off additional calories to actually “get ahead.”
2. Thin people are lucky. Anyone can gain weight whether rich, poor, young, old, short, or tall. A daily intake of more calories than you burn off results in infinite weight gain. Believing thin people are lucky (but you aren’t) prevents you from pursuing your fitness goal. You must work diligently at your fitness. If you start your workout plan with the thought of doing as little as possible, you won’t get results. The more effort you put in, the greater the results. Accepting that getting in shape requires effort (not luck) is the beginning of a beautifully transformed, healthy body.
3. I can’t lose weight. How many times have you told yourself that you can’t lose weight? Would you say ten times (a day), a hundred times (a week), a thousand times (a year), maybe more? The prime reason you haven’t been successful at permanent weight loss is you believe you can’t be. You can’t succeed when you repeatedly affirm you will� � fail. Eliminate “can’t” from your vocabulary. Thinking you “can’t” do something means you have given up before you start. Instead say, “I can lose weight.” Believing emphatically you can lose weight is the mindset you need to succeed.
4. But I never overeat. You may feel you don’t eat that much. You rarely eat dessert. You never drink soda. You always get your dressing on the side. You just don’t understand where that extra weight came from. The truth is, if you take in even one more calorie daily than your body burns, you won’t lose weight. Even healthy food can make you fat! An extra 100 calories a day adds up to one pound gained per month or 12 pounds per year. Those 100 extra calories can be found in a small glass of juice, one banana, or eight unshelled peanuts.
5. I am� � buying it for my kids. How many times have you purchased empty calorie foods and told yourself you were buying it for your kids? While you strolled down the cookie aisle, you promised yourself, this time would be different. This time you would not eat Junior’s lunchbox cookies. You wanted to believe the cookies would not make it into the wrong mouth – yours. Don’t let your subconscious fool you. Don’t believe the unhealthy food is only for your kids. That’s a lie. You want it for yourself. Don’t buy it or you will� � eat it.
6. Everyone gains weight as they get older. Many people falsely believe they are� � doomed to gain weight as they get older. Believing that lie assures you will gain weight with each passing year. In life, you get exactly what you expect you will� � get. The truth is, you can stay fit your entire life! Certainly, many people do gain weight with age simply because they overeat and don’t exercise. When you believe weight gain is an inevitable consequence of aging, you just let it happen. Immediately change your belief to, “I will get in better shape with each passing year.”
7. You will� � never look the same after having kids. Believing you are� � doomed after having kids is “poor-pitiful-overweight-mommy” thinking. Having a baby does not cause you to stay overweight forever. Eating too many calories, moving too little, and giving up is the reason you are� � still unfit 18 years after baby arrives. Eliminate “poor-pitiful-overweight-mommy” thinking immediately. You can look great after having kids! The women who convinced you that you could never look good after having kids were selfishly lying to you because they didn’t reach their fitness goals.
8. Carbohydrates make you fat. Hearing you should “cut carbs” is vague and useless advice. Quality carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains foods are an essential part of a healthy diet. Your body needs carbohydrates to function properly. After hearing that carbohydrates make you fat, you may have restricted the quality carbohydrates, setting yourself up for mood swings, low energy, nutrient deficiencies, and a weight loss plan you would never stay on. The refined simple carbohydrates you should eliminate are those found in sodas, candy, cake, cookies, pastries, white bread, and other empty calorie foods.
9. I will� � have to starve to lose weight. Starvation diets don’t work. Stringent dieting tells your brain food is in short supply. When your brain registers the perceived food shortage, it goes into “famine mode.” The restricted calories quickly get stored in your fat warehouse. With stringent dieting, your body begins to burn lean muscle tissue for fuel. Starvation diets ensure considerable muscle is lost along with fat and water. Losing muscle means a slower metabolism, fewer calories burned, and little or no weight loss. Even without stringent dieting, your body loses some muscle tissue when you diet. To lose weight, without losing muscle, you must strength train to compensate for muscle loss during dieting.
10. I don’t have time to exercise. Your time on Earth is limited. You will not be able to accomplish every goal. However, you will be able to accomplish every top priority goal. In life, you always find time for priorities like shopping, watching television, or dining out. If you believe you don’t have time for exercise, it is because you haven’t made it a priority. To make exercise your top priority, schedule your workouts in your monthly planner first, before you schedule anything else. Treat each workout as an important business meeting you can’t miss. If you were paid $10,000 an hour for working out, you would� � refuse to miss workouts! Prioritizing your fitness is the best decision you will� � ever make.