What Can You Do To Really Lose Weight?

what can you do to really lose weight

Australia is now ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world and if our weight gain continues at current levels, then 80% of all adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese by 2025.

 

Did you know that obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia?

 

And yet, there are over 18,000 diets available on the market today. Don’t you think that if diets actually worked there would only be one?

 

How is the obesity epidemic even possible when we have all the logical information we need to know. We all know that the keys to weight loss are a balanced diet and exercise, but it appears we are not adding enough ‘weight’ to the third key; mindset.

 

If we all know what we need to do, why aren’t we doing it?

 

Well we humans are all very clever at telling ourselves stories to make everything ok in our minds. And this is never truer than when it comes to use trying to lose weight. “I’m big boned”, “I have a thyroid condition”, and “I don’t have time” are common excuses we use to relinquish our responsibilities to ourselves and our health. But until we are completely honest with ourselves, this flawed logic will keep us in denial and in a complete delusion.

 

But it really isn’t all our fault. And no, this is not an attempt to shirk responsibility. The weight loss industry must be held accountable for the damage they are doing and the weight gain they are causing by playing into these stories. Until we understand the flawed logic the weight loss industry uses on us every single day, we will never be able to think for ourselves and actually lose weight.

 

Flawed logic is a flaw in reasoning. They are like tricks or illusions of thoughts which prevent truth. Here are some key flaws in logic you must know if you are serious about losing weight and how you can manage them:-

 

Flaw #1:        “FOMO”. Fear Of Missing Out.

 

Reasoning:

 

“If you don’t go on our diet, then this is what you will look like. If you do go on our diet, you will look like this.”

 

Truth:

We are led to believe that if we don’t purchase a particular diet or plan that we will be the only ones left overweight. We continue to throw away money on expensive diets which do not work. 95% of people who lose weight put it all back on again, and more, within two years. This is exacerbated by the fact that most programs are written by healthy people for healthy people with a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach. The only thing you will be missing out on is the weight-loss weight-gain cycle and who wants to pay for that anyway?

 

Flaw #2:         “Silver Bullet”.

 

Reasoning:

We believe a complex and expensive diet is the ‘silver bullet’ we need to lose weight.

 

Truth:

Everything each one of us needs to lose weight we already know or have; food, exercise and mindset. However, the clever marketing of the weight loss industry has us believing that a complex and expensive diet is the ‘silver bullet’ we need to lose weight. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. The most effective solution is to find what works for you and take small, sustainable steps towards change each and every day. This will be the best fit for you and when you stop being shot by the ‘silver bullet’, you will realise that weight loss is free and fun.

 

Flaw # 3:        “All or Nothing.”

 

Reasoning:

We must either be completely on a diet and 100% committed, or destined for a life of morbid obesity. There isn’t any middle ground in between.

 

Truth:

Perhaps the biggest mistake that traditional weight loss programs take is that they are almost 100% in control and it’s all about the program or the diet or the guru. It’s not about you at all. These programs are completely demoralizing, demotivating, disempowering, dispiriting and dull. You are told when to eat, what to eat, what not to eat, when to work out and what to do. Do they really think we can’t do it by ourselves? Or do they make us really believe that we can’t do it by ourselves? Research shows this ‘all or nothing’ approach is counterintuitive because it does not work for humans. We aren’t designed to be 100% obedient, 100% of the time. And this is no mystery – we are not in control of our own lives. We can only take so much before we rebel. And when we do rebel, we rebel in spectacular fashion. Block of chocolate anyone?

 

Flaw #4:         “Isolated Examples.”

 

Reasoning:

The ‘every day people’ in all of the weight loss marketing materials

have had a lot of success on this diet. It must work!

 

Truth:

We are simple creatures at best and so it’s much easier for us to believe someone’s testimony as opposed to understanding complex data and information. For this reason, we often believe isolated examples rather than evidence because we want to believe what is easier for us to understand. This is exploited by weight loss companies who show us success story after success story in a targeted effort to convince us that their products absolutely do work when statistics and evidence prove otherwise. Diets do not work. More people are on diets than ever before, there are more diets available now than ever before, and yet we are more overweight and obese than ever before.

 

Flaw #5:         “Popular Trends.”

 

Reasoning:

“Everyone is doing it and having great success – it must be good.”

 

Truth:

The key issue with this argument is that the popularity of an idea doesn’t make it any more valid, but we still fall for this trick all of the time. It might be the new soup diet, organic food, superfoods or lemon juice detox diet. It might be an electronic ab machine or a magic exercise ball, or it might even be crossfit or hot yoga. Whatever it is, we all just love to get swept up in current trends. And we hate to get left behind. But just because ‘everyone is doing it’ doesn’t mean it actually works or is effective. It might be, but that is decided on different measures, not on popularity.

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