5 Master Tips to Keeping Lost Weight Lost
We often hear inspiring stories about people losing weight, but so often these inspiring tales have an untold ending when the pounds start coming back. For most dieters, the maintenance of a desired weight is far more challenging than the initial weight loss. And, a weight plateau — staying at a steady weight for a period of time — isn’t associated with success the same way as taking pounds off.
But, isn’t this actually the goal we all want — lose the weight….and keep it off!!
I recently caught up with a client of mine who lost — actually “released”, as she has no desire to re-find the weight — 33 pounds over a decade ago after struggling with her weight her whole life. I talked with her about her maintenance success–what actually works on a “day in, day out” basis to keep lost weight off without thinking about it.
In a world of dieting and starting over again on Monday, Janet might now seem like a super human, but in the past, she was like many dieters, “I had lost and gained weight so many times it was embarrassing.” Janet shared with me how she made a few key shifts in her thinking and behaviors that allowed her to lose (release forever) the unwanted weight, and once she got to her ideal weight, made maintenance easier than she expected.
Janet, like many people who have long term weight success, develop new ways of thinking and behaving that shifts them out of “weight struggling” and into “weight mastery”. Please listen to my interview with Janet where she goes more deeply into the mental shift she made that was a game changer, some specific daily habits, and more about how hypnosis helped change her old thinking.
Here are some insights from my interview with Janet along with research from many people who have taken weight off and kept it off long term:
5 Keys to Long Term Weight Release
1) Focus on changing your life for the better and not just the number on the scale. Our minds are powerful and where we choose to focus creates our reality. Really committing to yourself and your health in order to make your experience of life a happier and freer one is more seductive than restricting yourself in order just to make the numbers on the scale go down.
2) Bring in the coach and put the critic and rebel on the bench. Janet mentioned a huge part of her mental shift came from really changing her inner dialog. When she started coaching herself instead of criticizing herself, she noticed that the need to rebel disappeared. Many Weight Masters notice this shift in inner self speak is the ticket to lasting change and confidence.
3) Never start over. Ever. The heart of long term weight release and maintenance is about consistency and not perfection. Starting over tomorrow becomes a nasty habit that is hard to break. Make a commitment to yourself to get back to healthy eating at the next meal and learn from your mistakes—don’t start over because of them.
4) Pace yourself –don’t race down the scale. In all of my years of coaching weight and keeping off 40 pounds myself I have never seen a super speedy weight loss stick. Research shows that releasing weight slowly allows your mind to really adapt to a healthy change in lifestyle. Remember the way of eating that allows you to release the weight is going to look a lot like the way of eating that allows you to maintain the weight. Create a way of eating that you love that allows you to maintain your ideal weight.
5) Surround yourself with supportive people and supportive foods. No weight success story happens in a vacuum. You have to create the people in your life as a weight support team—people who join you in healthy lifestyle activities. Also keeping healthy foods in and tempting foods out of your environment has been shown as a key to long term success. Find friends who will exercise with you and enroll family and friends in choosing healthy restaurants and healthy meals to eat when at home. Janet says her husband and friends are a support and know to keep her trigger foods—bread and desserts out of the house.
Just remember: Long term weight mastery isn’t about being good or perfect. It’s about making a decision to really make a change in your life FOR YOU so that you can be your best you and life your best life.
I am excited to announce that I am publishing the book version of my successful hypnosis based weight mastery program (The Shift Weight Mastery Process). The book is called From Fat to Thin Thinking: Unlock your Mind for Permanent Weight Loss and will be out in a few months. I am currently creating a group of people who will be a part of the book’s launch.
If you enroll you will receive:
-Special bonuses created only for book launch participants
-Sneak peaks from the book
-Savings– launch day discounts and more!