Weight Loss? It Ain't The Wizard Of Oz!

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Weight Loss? It Ain't The Wizard Of Oz!

17th Sep 2014

Follow “The Yellow Brick Road” To Weight Loss

In my recent media appearances, the fact I was overweight was brought up a few times to demonstrate why I stay (fairly) disciplined in my diet and exercise regime. On the radio show, I had more of the freedom to discuss (what I deem to be) the actual factors that determine whether one is successful at weight loss or not. I think that we insult people’s intelligence enough by calling them “lazy” and things like that. I also believe that “eat less and move more” is not really hitting the spot.

Here is an example, say I told you that onions and garlic could reduce your risk of heart disease and help you lose weight, would you be stinking your house cooking them all the time? How about adding turmeric to everything to reduce inflammation in the body? Yes/no? What do you think? See, the classic line I heard when the “buzz” was in full flow about my TV appearance was this “I know what to do, I am just not doing it” Which proves the point really, giving out more diet advice without actually coaching the human being at the other end of the diet advice may prove fruitless (pun intended)

Hold My Hand?

No, I won’t. See there is one fundamental thing that everyone misses or fails to consider before starting a weight loss program and that is social support or in this case, the lack of social support. It is often mentioned by diet or slimming groups and even personal trainers but it seems a lot of fitness professionals don’t really help people out here. The reason I do is because I learnt a very valuable lesson early on in my weight loss journey.

Learning to say NO to people

What most people fail to realise is that saying no is an art form. See we can yes to anything and everything. If we do this, we end up with not much time to do what we want. We are constantly occupied with other people’s problems and tasks. Now then, before you start saying “no” there is one thing you need to be aware of and that is the whole point of this article….

Not everyone will support you…

Sorry! But they really won’t. The “yellow brick road”?? Well, we think that everyone in our lives is going to hop, skip and jump with us on the road to weight loss and health. Trust me, not all of them will, in fact, not many of them.

I will digress for a bit, when I first started losing weight and getting fit, I was quite a positive person. Now then, the above comment may be seen as “negative” Well, I found out something on this journey, there is a big difference between negative and realistic. This specifically applies to social support. You have to be prepared to do most of this on your own. It’s not a bad thing, like I have said before “no one can run a marathon for you” The discipline you need will come from within.

It’s not all doom and gloom folks, in fact losing weight taught me who to have in my life and who not. I learnt that some people like “you” and some people like “your stuff” or “your image” In my opinion, you need to find out who will be there through fat and thin and keep them around. There is a great way to test this out, which is to look out for the “feeders” Work environments are legendary for this. It’s the classic “I want you to have a biscuit so I feel better about myself” syndrome. It’s not that people are “evil” they are just acting in self-interest more often than not. Losing weight and keeping it off like I have is HARD and not everyone is cut out for it. Some will try and sabotage your efforts and you need to be prepared for that.

Conclusion & Learning Points

I guess this comes down to two things. The first thing is preparation. You need to prepare for the lack of support from some (not all) and how to deal with it. The other side of the coin is saying “no” This is very powerful and I promise the mental strength and discipline you get from staying strong is priceless. So then, as well as working your physical muscles, make sure you work and develop your “saying no” muscles.