9 out of every 10 clients come to me with their main goal and health concern being weight loss. Not surprising right? We want to look hot and we want to feel good about our body image. I may be generalizing here, but for the average person, these are facts that cannot be denied. I have seen it with my own eyes and heard it with my own joyous ears for many years. Most people are looking for the secret to weight loss! We as a society are a bit obsessed with our body image and what the scale tells us. People would pay anything for instant gratification - for a cleanse that would make them shed 10 lbs instantly or a supplement that would stop them from carb binging or the fitness routine that will banish that muffin top.
However, the secret to weight loss is not short term or gimmicky. You don't just wake up one day and have an extra 10lbs around your belly - it takes days, months, years to become that way and the same goes with losing weight. We must shift our focus and remember the secret......
Weight loss is nothing more than a side effect of good health.
We must get back to the basics. From all the clients I have seen, the ones who focus on getting healthy as opposed to "losing weight" ALWAYS lose weight. This statement really resonates with me because I believe it with every fiber of my being and as soon as you embrace it, it will be yours. Weight loss IS truly a side effect of good health.
There are so many reasons for being overweight and all of them are accurate for that particular person, whether it be a stressful job, not exercising, eating the wrong foods for your metabolic type and so on. The main reason they are overweight in the first place is because they are focusing on the very thing they don't want! Weight gain happens when your body is not in a happy place. It is truly amazing when I see someone shed weight just by doing something as simple as meditating everyday or going to bed 1 hour earlier than normal. All these things are making them healthier, and the side effect is weight loss.
So, how do you get healthy? Everyone is different and what makes me healthy, may not necessarily make YOU healthy, but if I had to give a few tips to getting healthier (resulting in losing weight), I would suggest you look at these 3 factors: 1. Your diet; 2. Your lifestyle; and 3. Level of activity in a given day. This is really simplifying things but that's it, in a nutshell.