Part 2 in a 3 Part Series
A Heart and Stroke Foundation survey of almost 2,000 Canadians found that 62% reported intentionally losing five or more pounds over the past five years but failed to keep the weight off. 70% of those who were overweight or obese regained all or even more pounds after their weight-loss efforts. With so many people working to lose weight, it would be logical to think that we have the dieting and exercise game all figured out. Unfortunately, the reality is that people continue to struggle with their weight because they continue to make vital mistakes with their weight loss regimen.
Welcome to Part 2 of a 3 Part Series on the key mistakes people should never make while navigating through any weight loss program.
Mistake #2 – People Believe it takes Enormous Willpower to be Successful at Weight Loss
Most people begin a weight loss program with the mindset that they need super powers of focus, dedication and willpower to be successful in meeting their goals. In fact, these qualities are more myth than fact when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle. People believe that if they have enough discipline, desire, and knowledge then nothing can get in the way of their health goals of eating nutritiously and exercising on a daily basis. The reality is that living a healthy lifestyle is a purposeful plan, much like bathing, or getting dressed on a daily basis.
This may be true for some, but most of the time addressing and relying only on the power of the conscious mind to be the propeller of change ends in disappointment. For example, the conscious mind knows that eating fast food daily is detrimental to any fitness and nutrition plan. On the other hand, the subconscious mind loves the taste and feel of eating chocolate ice cream. This is where the battle begins.
The conscious side of our psyche, the part that makes decisions and regulates our behavior, has a limited supply. We don’t have different wells of self-control for different areas of our life. Every choice we make throughout the day drains a bit of our control, from choosing what to eat for breakfast, to what clothes to wear, to the myriad of complex decisions we can be expected to make at school or work. Although these choices seem to be unrelated, and even somewhat benign, they all draw from the same resource pool. That’s when the conscious mind becomes fatigued and the subconscious takes over! This is especially true of our daily decisions with regards to food and exercise, which means that we cannot rely on our self-control and conscious mind to carry the load with regards to our health. At some point it will run out of gas and will begin to take the path of least resistance as guided by the subconscious.
So what do we do? We need to give our Conscious Mind a boost! We need to Plan, Prepare, Follow Through and Analyze. We need an Action Plan for each day and even the week’s healthy activities, including our meals, our exercise, our sleep, our supplementation, and our water consumption. Afterwards, each day and week you must then consider the challenges you faced in successfully following your plan. Make any necessary changes to your plan. Remember, for every problem there is a solution.
So, who needs willpower? It isn’t something you just magically possess; it’s actually something you do!
Get out there and make your health happen! Plan it, Live it!
See you soon for Part 3 in the Series.