Time to get off a diet and go on a lifestyle: taking an honest look at losing the weight, keeping it off, and managing expectations about the process.
How many years now have you said the same thing, ‘this is going to be the year I get the weight off…get healthy’. Statistics tell me a majority of Americans either want to lose weight or are currently trying.
For more than a decade, I stumbled around the diet wheel never achieving success for a sustainable period of time. Oh, I’d hit my goal weight with some diet or deprivation, and then, like so many of you, put it on again and then some. When my weight soared up over 200 pounds after having children, my embarrassment and disgust with myself increased right along with it.
We have to admit what we are doing is not working.”
I recently heard that statement at a symposium on eating disorders from Emmett Bishop, MD and a specialist who has been treating and working in the field for over 25 years.
He is correct. Both the numbers and personal stories confirm it.
America spends 78 billion dollars every year on the ‘diet’ industry yet eight million men and women struggle with eating disorders. Of those, 10-25% with Anorexia Nervosa will die as a direct result of their struggle. 19% of college-aged women are bulimic and 35% of the US population is obese.
What is even more alarming, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, not one state has a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-six states have a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of
The art of setting goals
Common sense says if you set a goal, then you’ll achieve it? Then why do so many people fail? More than likely, you set some new year’s resolutions only to see them fall by the wayside, right?
Often, folks miss the mark when setting the goal in the first place. You struggle to take common sense and make it common practice.
Determining your goals can be answered in one question: What will success look like to you when you achieve it? For example, ‘I want to lose weight and feel better.’ Or, ‘I want to get over my mental block.’ While these are goals many of you have, they are too broad to equate to something you can achieve.
Breaking down goals into achievable bites is key to creating goals you can accomplish. First, turn your broad goal into a Long
Understanding what it means.
Your key to sustaining life long weight loss and never regaining it is ‘clean eating’. It offers plenty of food choices without deprivation and it provides the body you wish without spending a fortune. All it costs you is a regular grocery bill and a little planning time.
First, you need to understand clean eating is not some diet you go on then get off of at some point. The ‘diet’ is a lifestyle choice you maintain everyday whether it’s your birthday, a holiday, on a cruise, or any Monday through Friday. Eating clean means a full-time commitment to this as a lifestyle.
Second, this is not a lifestyle of denying yourself or eliminating a food group. There is no starving involved. Rather than going hungry, clean eating is about consuming more yet with
What is different about the best coaches? How do they consistently deliver champions – even in different locations, with a different group of athletes, and against different competitors? Yes, think Phil Jackson.
Without question, coaches need a sharp eye for physical talent and a knack for recruiting. However, the best coaches are masters at creating consistency across their program by addressing what leadership experts call ‘individualization’. This means they study each athlete in order to tailor their approach to the unique needs of that individual. They understand that ‘one size does NOT fit all’.
It sounds like common sense, but it is not common practice. Maintaining a dual focus requires intention at the highest level. Championship-caliber coaches understand and employ this.