Weight Loss Strategies

by : Kalvin C. Chinyere, M.D.

Everyday, thousands of people decide that they are tired of being overweight. They are tired of being unhealthy. They decide that "today" is the day they are going to start losing weight.

They then start to throw money at weight loss. Some go out and join fancy gyms. Some start expensive weight loss programs and others buy expensive home gym equipment. These seem like great first steps but they are not.

Before you start trying to lose weight, you must make sure you are ready to lose weight. If you are not ready to lose weight all of your efforts will be in vain. To assess your readiness you should be able to answer yes to all these 12 questions.

1. Are you ready to work hard at changing your thinking?

Albert Einstein said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

You have probably tried to lose weight before. You probably did not achieve the results you wanted. You failed because of the way you thought about weight loss. If you want to succeed in the future, you must change the way you think about losing weight.

2. Are you ready to stop your bad habits?

You are overweight because of your bad habits. Most of these habits took many years to develop. If you want to lose weight and keep it of, you will have to eliminate these bad habits. With hard work and patience, all habits can be learned and unlearned.

3. Are you ready for a long but rewarding journey?

There are no quick fixes to losing weight permanently. Any quick fixes you have seen will only result in temporary weight loss. The road to permanent weight loss can be very long, but your life will be so much better when you reach your goal weight.

4. Are you ready to change your lifestyle permanently?

Temporary lifestyle changes create temporary weight loss. Permanent lifestyle changes create permanent weight loss. The same strategies you used to lose weight are the same strategies you will have to use to maintain your weight loss. You must be in it for the long haul.

5. Are you ready to pick yourself up after you stumble?

On your long weight loss journey you will stumble. You are human. Occasionally, you will have lapses. Expect them and get pass them.

6. Are you ready to give up perfection?

Weight loss success is the result of persistence and perseverance, not perfection. You do not have to eat perfectly or work-out perfectly to lose weight. Slow and steady wins the race.

If you have answered "Yes!" to the first six questions proceed to the next article where I outline the final six questions