This is an excerpt from my new book ‘Habits for Weight Loss‘.
Dieting just doesn’t work. According to New York times, ninety-five percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it back, and a significant percentage of people gain back more than they had originally lost, just like in less than a year or two almost everyone who wins the lottery is worse off than before they won it!
Moreover, ninety-two percent people give up their New Year Resolutions of losing weight and becoming healthier!
These statistics are dismal. The obesity rate is at an all-time high, but at the same time, weight loss industry racked in sixty billion dollars worldwide.
How that even possible?
Two simple reasons.
We are an impatient lot. We treat fitness/losing weight as an event rather than a lifestyle. We join a gym and/or start a fitness regime with unrealistic expectations—to lose 10kg (22lbs) for a wedding which is less than a month away, or to fit in our favorite jeans in just a fortnight, or to address our health concern in just a few sessions at the gym.
Although motivated at first, we gradually lose interest as the results are not to our expectations.
The other reason is that motivation and willpower are limited. It comes and goes. Most people rely on motivation and will-power to do the job for them. However, research has shown that we as humans don’t have enough of it.
Given these limitations is there any way out?
Yes, there is. And it starts by Installing Good Habits.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off permanently, then you need to dissolve [not break] your bad habits and build good ones.
According to authors Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson in their book You Can Create An Exceptional Life: “When you break something, the pieces are still around.” However, when we dissolve something, the whole experience disappears. Basically, habits come from nowhere, and they go back to nowhere.”
So how can we dissolve a habit and build new ones?
By becoming more ‘Self Aware’ This is Step-1.
There is a reason we humans have evolved for millions of years and made it at the top of the food chain. Why? It’s because we have a unique power that millions of other species living on this beautiful planet earth don’t, and that is “Self Awareness.”
Every moment we have choice—to give power to our ‘bad’ habits or to make a choosing to build a good one.
It is you who created those bad habits, and it’s you who is in charge of changing them. There will be times when you will be thrown back by your old habits. Do not despair. Get up and start again. By becoming more self-aware, you will be mindful of the negative thoughts that are giving power to your bad habits.
Once you start noticing that these negative thoughts exist in your consciousness only then you will realize that you have the power to let those thoughts go and not get attached to them.
The next step is to start installing new thoughts. And once you let go of the old thoughts and start thinking good positive thoughts, you will start building new habits.