Nicki Anderson

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in the “Weight” Basket

By Nicki On February 21, 2010 Under childhood obesity, cleanse diets, cleansing diets, diabetes, Exercise, Exercise Barriers, Extreme Weight Loss, family obesity, fast and easy weight loss, healthy eating, Make you thin, Motivation, Nutrition, obesity, overeating, Uncategorized, unhealthy dieting, weight loss, Weight Loss Pill

This past week I met with a client that I have been working with for a couple of months. He came in and shared his disappointment at gaining 7 pounds despite his level of hard work.  What do you say to someone who is looking to feel successful through weight loss only? How do you encourage someone to get past “the weight” and focus on all of the other accomplishments that have been made over the 2 months? Education.

When starting to lose weight or embarking on a weight loss program you’ve got to remember some very important things folks, you cannot expect a body that’s been mistreated for years to turn around in weeks, it doesn’t work that way. Further, after years of inactivity and poor nutrition, every one has a different point at which their body finally trusts the positive changes and begins to respond, i.e. metabolic weight loss.  In other words, building muscle and improving overall performance takes time. The  most important thing you can do is be consistent. If you start exercising like a mad-dog and eating only carrots and celery, sure, you might lose weight right away, but where will you be in 3 or 4 weeks? Back where you started, why? Because who can subsist on carrots and celery and hours of exercise? Very few people.

Look, when you’re looking to lose weight it’s got to be because you want to GET HEALTHY! Remember my friends, weight loss is simply a by-product of changing your lifestyle. People have it backwards, they put all of their eggs in to the weight loss basket when in reality they should be distributing their eggs in the nutrition basket, exercise basket, stress-relief basket and finally weight loss basket. If you put all of your eggs in one basket, you’ll never find the balance or the secret to long-term success.

From a practical perspective, what is the reason most people want to lose weight? Too feel better, right? So consider changing your priorities around and let lifestyle changes take the driver’s seat. You see if you focus on the things that change positively, consistency is more likely to follow. If you’re just looking at the weight loss piece, and it’s not forthcoming (in the unrealistic way many believe it will) you’ll quit and go back to bad habits. Yet bad habits are exactly what you’re trying to get rid of if you really want to lose weight. Are you with me?

So, bottom line, you want to lose weight, start making the changes necessary to make that happen but rather than focus on the numbers on the scale, focus on the everyday improvement you can notice right away. If health isn’t an issue, that go ahead and stop eating for a week, you’ll lose weight. But if your real goal is to feel better and change the quality of your life, there is no argument, lifestyle changes are the most important strategy. Just make them appropriate, realistic and measurable. Keep a journal, celebrate your progress and you may find that all of those lifestyle changes over time have not only greatly improved the quality of your life, you’ve lost some weight too!

3 comments - add yours
Rebecca

March 25, 2010

This was great advice Nicki – unfortunately I’ve always done this. I’ve lived and died by the scale. I haven’t gained any weight in the past four years, but looking at pictures and my clothes has shown me that I don’t look the same.

It’s because I’ve always been after that scale number, and never really focused on my health and exercise. Glad to say I’m starting to do that now. I’m lifting weights, and doing the interval work you always talk about. There’s more to a good body than just the scale, that’s for sure.

Kaiser

March 25, 2010

Good points Rebecca – the scale is just one tracking device – measurements (ie the fit of your clothes) and pictures are other tools too – I keep them for all of my clients, because they can often tell the story better than weight can.

Jessica

March 25, 2010

Yup, I’m guilty of this one!