You’ll see it in the media just about every day…
People everywhere are struggling with their weight (and their health) more than ever before. Just look at a few recent obesity tidbits:
- In some parts of the country, 35% of the adult population is now considered obese. Obesity rates have been rising nationwide for years.
- Incidence of type 2 diabetes has nearly hit 10% and shows no signs of slowing down.
- Obesity is directly linked to heart disease, cancer, and many other “lifestyle” causes of death.
I could go on and on, but you’ve likely seen these stats before, and I don’t need to stir up any more fear or guilt (the media often does a good job of that already!).
The truth is, you already know that maintaining a healthy weight is going to improve your life. You know that you’ll gain energy, your joints will thank you, you’ll put yourself on a path towards longer life, and you will experience numerous other benefits associated with keeping off those unwanted pounds.
This is old news.
But, despite all this commonplace knowledge, many of us still struggle to change.
Distinguishing Between Weight-Loss and Healthy Living
I’ve worked as a health coach for over 15 years and one important lesson I’ve learned is the tremendous difference between weight-loss and healthy living:
Weight-Loss: Many clients I’ve met are fixated on losing weight. They want the number on their bathroom scale to go down. That’s all.
This thinking can unfortunately lead them down a bumpy (and unhealthy) road. Yo-yo dieting, fanatical workout routines, and dangerous supplements might help them reach their goal for a short period of time, but this success rarely lasts. In most cases, these people end up less healthy, more frustrated, and carrying added weight than they did originally.
Using weight-loss as a barometer for “improved health” is a scary proposition.
Healthy Living: Other clients I meet also want to lose weight, but they know that they are more than just a number on the scale. They have a long-term goal of improving their health, and they understand that doing so just happens to have a pretty cool side effect: Losing weight!
Instead of turning to quick fixes to attain a short-term change, these people are willing to wait for something that’s lasting. They are willing to put in some work now for a much better future.
They are willing to build healthy life habits.
A Not-So-Sexy Sales Pitch for Losing Weight
I know that, “Let’s build some habits!” doesn’t sound very sexy. You won’t see many infomercials selling healthy habits (although I wish more did!). But, trust me when I say this…
If you really want to improve your health, lose weight, gain energy, or simply feel better than you do right now, you must start building new habits.
What sort of habits? (Glad you asked!)
The infographic below outlines the 10 habits I help all of my clients build into their daily routines. These transformative habits are the only sure-fire way to achieve long-term weight-loss and vastly improved health.
Want to give them a try?
Infographic by makeyourbodywork.com
Getting the Most From This 10-Step Plan
The key to finding success with these 10 powerful habits is not taking on too much at once. Here’s the game plan I’d suggest you follow:
- Read through all 10 habits
- Pick 1 that would be EASIEST for you to implement
- On your calendar (or even on a piece of paper), check off each day that you make your daily habit happen
- Once you’ve succeeded in implementing your habit EVERY day for 1 week, choose a second habit to tackle
- Repeat, repeat, repeat
In 10 weeks you will have all 10 of these habits mastered!
Now tell me something…
What do you think will happen to your health AND to that number on the scale once you master all 10 of these crucial habits?
(Yeah, I think we both know the answer to that question!)
Want To Get Better Results, In Less Time With More Accountability?
Well to cut out the guess work I have put together a 7 day Clean Living Challenge to help keep you accountable and supported as you get started on your journey. This free 7 day program will help you:
- Learn how to recognize what foods work for you and what foods don’t
- Discover how to destress your body including tips for first time meditators
- Start feeling healthy & happy again with actionable strategies
- Get back into the kitchen with fast, healthy & tasty meal plans
- Progress towards food freedom. No more worrying about what to eat and when. No more willpower required.