Many people believe they don’t have enough willpower to lose weight. They are wrong. First of all, losing weight is not about willpower. Secondly, most everyone already has the willpower needed to lose all the excess body fat. The problem isn’t lack of willpower; it’s difficulty committing to the process and ultimately the long term habit changes that keep the body lean.
If you ever graduated from school, held a job, stayed in a relationship, or raised a child, you have all the willpower you need to lose weight. Achieving any of these things requires willpower. It doesn’t just go away when we try to lose weight. Weight loss is a complex process that involves diet, activity, metabolic balance, hormone balance, and psychological adjustment to accomplish. We are fighting a pre-programmed genetic map.
We must get out of our mind that we can lose weight and never have to worry about it again. This thinking is the basis for yo-yo dieting. Many of my patients tell me if they can just get to their goal weight, they know they can stay there. Though getting to a healthy goal weight can be motivating, the underlying genetic programs will ultimately move us back up the weight scale. The only way to beat these fat genes is to crush them by always being in the game. The game is tackling the 5 above processes each and every day.
Our diet cannot be changed for just the fat loss period. It must be altered forever. Physical activity above and beyond our daily movement must be done every day. Finding and working with a Dr. who will evaluate and adjust your metabolic and hormonal balance is crucial. Finally, learning about our thinking and behavior and techniques or tricks to adjust our thinking about food will make a lean life possible.
If you’ve struggled with weight issues for years and are frustrated with the results ( or lack of results ), then it’s time to change your thinking. Think of your weight problem as the disease it really is. A disease can be treated and even put into remission. Seldom is a disease cured. Think High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and High Cholesterol disorders. They can be treated, controlled, and managed, but are always a part of you. Obesity is a disease that will always be with us, but can be treated, controlled, and managed for life.
As we move forward with this blog, I will get into specific details on how to evaluate, treat, control, and manage the diseases of Obesity and Overweight Syndrome. With the right information, motivation, and guidance, anyone can achieve a healthy weight that will allow for a life that is lean, long, and fulfilled.