Recommendations for Losing Weight
If you could recommend five things for losing weight, what would it be? I have a very clean diet and have been playing with ketogenic lifestyle. I am about 20 to 30 pounds overweight despite a very healthy lifestyle. Other than a low T3 to T4 conversion everything is in order.
A: To be honest, I can’t be that specific. I don’t know if there are other aspects such as your thyroid working effectively, but we’re going to leave that one aside and I’m just going to give you one thing because five things is a lot.
There is literally just one thing that you need to do in order to lose weight and that is to reduce your calorie intake. That’s it. Yes, I could say that you need to burn more energy, that you need to do XYZ, I could say many things.
Reduce your calories, sounds almost too obvious, right. And I know people hear that and say well that’s obvious, thanks for nothing. In response I can only ask, why aren’t you doing it?
In almost 20 years of practice, over 20,000 hours of consulting, more than 10,000 people in my career the one thing I know about weight loss is this: people think that there is a complicated answer to weight loss. When it’s honestly not that complex, provided you put your mind to it.
Let me rewind a bit because reducing calories is not the answer most people need in order to succeed. Albeit reducing calories is key to losing weight it is NOT however the one thing that you need to focus on.
The one thing is mindset, deciding and creating a whole lot of “why’s” around why you want to do this, why it is important for you to lose the weight, to keep it off, to make sure that your body works as effectively as possible.
Anybody overweight knows they have to do to lose weight, trust me, there is not one person in the universe that is overweight, that hasn’t been told that they need to eat less and exercise more. In saying that, everybody wants a quick fix.
I’m not saying that this is you, and it’s great if you already have a healthy lifestyle, but fact remains plenty of healthy things that we eat – like for example avocados and nuts – they’re super healthy and super high in calories.
Think about the fact that you’ve got 1,500 calories in a day to consume, which is pretty reasonable for most people, when you’re trying to lose weight. Eat just a tablespoon or a couple of tablespoons of avocado and you’re talking about 100 calories there. It adds up really quickly.
You do your cost exercise. This is what I do every single time that I need to do anything in my life like when I stopped eating chocolate. It was me literally going, “Right! I’ve had enough of living like this. I’ve had enough of this kind of food controlling me, controlling my life. What am I going to do about it?” That was when I basically said, “That’s it! Cost exercises on this,” and then I also wrote what am I going to gain.
At the end of the cost exercise, what am I going to gain by letting go of this. I wrote down a whole lot of benefits, and I wrote down my answer as to why I really wanted to stop eating chocolate. I created at least 50 different reasons as to why I wanted to do it. Why? What purpose can a whole lot of words on a page have. Simply this, the reason that we don’t do the things that we want (or that we say we want to do) is because often there is more pain in doing it than not doing it.
So until such time as you identified a viable option for yourself, one that’s achievable an option that you believe in, guess what? It’s never going to happen.
Weight is not different, yes there could be some minor metabolic things that need to be addressed, and yes, you could probably do more exercise.
Ultimately, the number one reason you’ve not lost the weight yet is that you’re eating too many calories and second thing your mindset is not quite right yet for making it happen. Get your mindset right and you will be unstoppable. You will get to your ideal weight before you can literally even think about doing it.
Now, the key to harnessing the power of your mindset is not just to write things down down but to condition yourself to look at it every single day. Right now, I’m talking in terms of weight loss, but this really applies for every aspect of everything that you do. If you don’t have that kind of framework in place to help you achieve this goal, then like every other goal that you’ve never achieved, the same thing is going to happen. I recommend the free 7 Day Fertility Challenge as a great way to kick start this process.