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How the Science of Peak Performance can Help You Reach Weight-Loss Goals

 Garner Healthy Living Everyday December 07, 2014


By Judith Garner

If your health goals include a resolution to lose weight in the new year, you probably already realize there are many approaches you can take. Furthermore, depending on your need and reasoning, there are an overwhelming number of weight-loss products and programs to choose from. To have a successful weight reduction experience and keep the extra pounds off for good, take the time to pre-plan and get a good start by asking the right questions first.

Whatever We Look For We’ll Find
The science of peak performance shows us that the questions we ask concentrate our focus and determine what we feel and do. When it comes to achieving your weight loss resolution, ask yourself if this is the first time you’ve dieted, or, have you dieted many times previously losing weight just to put it all back on again? Yes or No. Your past experience directs the questions you should be asking yourself moving forward.

Have you ever done any of these things that can actually undermine anyone’s best efforts to be lean, energetic, and healthier?
  • When you think of eating, do you consider yourself “on” or “off” a diet?
  • Do you drink a soft drink or alcoholic beverage each day? How about more than one a day?
  • When you get stressed, upset, or depressed, do you easily turn to junk food (e.g. eat a bag of chips or a pint of ice cream)?
  • Have you ever nibbled off a partner’s or friend’s plate while out in a restaurant or ate their leftovers after a home-cooked meal rather than store them?
  • Have you ever over-indulged in taste-testing while cooking, or ate straight from a container while standing at the refrigerator door?
These are all examples of eating on auto-pilot, a condition that has been coined: Mindless Eating. If you answered yes to any of those questions, you now have a focal point to work on. You can see that in order to reach your weight loss goal, you’re going to have to be honest with yourself before starting. Before worrying about cutting caloric food intake, or perhaps taking weight-loss supplements, first recognize your sabotaging choices and unconscious behaviors. Ask yourself: How much do I want this?

Question, Question, Question Yourself!
If you’re not all-in mentally, you may lose weight initially, but you’re not likely to keep it off for good. According to studies, 85 percent of people who go on a diet without behavioral support gain the weight back within two years or less. You can beat these odds by asking yourself the right questions that  will lead you to take the specific consistent daily actions needed to reach your health goals. Here are a couple of examples of bad versus good questioning:
  • BAD: What would make me feel most full?
  • GOOD: What would really nourish me?

  • BAD: What’s the sweetest richest food I can get away with?
  • GOOD: What’s something I can eat that will give me more energy?
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses! Plan to Squelch Them
Losing weight is not easy because changing the habits that you’ve become accustomed to can be uncomfortable. Part of pre-planning to reach your health goal involves preparing for some resistance — the resistance that will come from yourself, at times, and also the resistance you might find coming from people closest to you possibly feeling threatened by your changes. Not always do family and friends display resistance, but this is a surprising phenomenon that many people have experienced during their weight-loss journeys.

Get prepared in advance for the actions you will take when you find yourself thinking and making statements like these:
  • I can’t lose weight because of my metabolism.
  • I just can’t afford to eat healthy, it’s too expensive.
  • I inherited being overweight, it runs in my family.
  • I can’t give up great tasting food for health food that tastes bad.
  • I don’t have time to exercise, or exercising just makes me hungry.
These sample statements exemplify the resistant mind-set. Limiting and sabotaging beliefs are changed by first recognizing the fallacy in your belief. Ask yourself a reasonable question: Is it really true? And, make yourself truthfully answer that question. It’s easier to overcome your own resistance when you realize that your feelings are not uncommon and that most people have a natural resistance to change at first.

Overcome Emotional Attachments to Unhealthy Foods with Journaling
A great way to decide how you’ll approach your weight-loss resolution is to begin by writing in a journal a few weeks in advance. Writing regularly helps you access your emotions and see patterns in your thinking and behaviors. It is a great place to ask yourself inquiring questions that concentrate your focus. Keeping a journal is simple and inexpensive — use any blank notebook or keep loose-leaf paper in a soft binder.

Reach your health goals with pre-planning and great questions!

Garner Healthy Living Everyday helps people discover principles and practices of health providing resources, education, and support in areas of weight-loss, habits of health, healthy eating, and processed-free lifestyle. We offer fee-based, certified independent health coaching services. We have mentors and coaches in every important area of our life — school, work, sports, skills. Why should maintaining our health be any different? For a complimentary initial consultation, contact Judith Garner at 480-560-7842, email judithgarner@cox.net, or www.facebook.com/judithgarnerhealthyliving.

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 Garner Healthy Living Everyday| December 07, 2014

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