5 Strategies for Diet Success
By STEVE SIEBOLD
How many times have you started a diet only to find yourself giving up after a few weeks or even a few days? Most of us have been there at one time or another.
Unfortunately, instead of learning from the experience, most people continue the cycle of what we call start-stop syndrome. Why continue paying half the price and repeatedly suffering through the early stages of dieting? Make a decision to pay the full price one time without having to start over again and again.
Next time you start a diet and want to make certain you stick to it long enough to see results, try these five strategies that will guarantee weight-loss success.
1. Accept Suffering
If some level of physical and emotional suffering weren't required to lose weight, everyone would succeed. Most people fail at every diet they attempt. Weight-loss companies, doctors and positive-thinking purists love to deny that suffering accompanies any successful diet. Stop dealing in political correctness or self-delusion and start dealing in objective reality.
If you want to be fit, you will have to endure some level of suffering, whether you like it or not. That's simply the way it works.
2. Stop Making Excuses
There's no excuse for not having the body you want. It's a combination of failure to prepare, lack of exercise, poor food choices, emotional eating and a host of other habitual behaviors.
I've fallen into every single one of these traps myself. I'm not throwing rocks from an ivory tower. Do genetics play a role in the difficulty of losing weight? Yes. Do many women have a tougher time losing weight than men? Sure. Do some people have underlying emotional issues creating additional obstacles to becoming fit? Of course.
The bottom line is that no matter how easy or difficult it is for any of us to lose weight, it can be done.
3. Become Committed
At its root, dieting is a battle of will. It's you against yourself -- the ultimate contest. It's the old you who wants to keep the comfortable eating habits versus the new you who is struggling to emerge and live a healthier life.
The new you has a chance if you begin strong with early weight-loss results that motivate you to keep fighting. It all boils down to commitment and how much you want to be fit.
There's no way to sugarcoat this: You're either 100-percent committed or you're going to lose the struggle. Walk in the ring with a 99-percent commitment and you're already defeated.
4. Embrace Self-Reliance
A disturbing narrative is circulating in America, and it could mark the beginning of the end. A growing segment of the population is rejecting the notion that individuals are responsible for their own behaviors, results and lives in general.
The idea that you can become fat, suffer the sicknesses that follow and rely on the government, the medical establishment or your family to pay for the consequences of your misbehavior is irresponsible. The solution focuses on turning this philosophy inside out by embracing self-reliance.
This strategy demands you grow up emotionally, stop whining about being overweight and solve the problem. It demands you accept full responsibility for becoming overweight, forgive yourself and promise to become fit. It means realizing you're not only the problem, but also the solution.
5. Stop Saying Diets Don't Work
The biggest lie in the world about weight loss says "diets don't work." Even some in the medical community have perpetuated this lie, and the effect is a world of fat people growing fatter.
Big money can be made by disempowering people. A healthy diet is simply an eating regimen you follow that serves your best interests. Diets work perfectly every time. People don't always work the diet, but that doesn't mean the diet doesn't work.
Diets are like budgets -- if you stick to them, they're extremely effective. The missing ingredient of successful dieting is mental toughness: That's all it takes to stay on a diet. The masses continue believing that diets don't work because that belief lets them off the hook for their own failures. Diets do work. Do you?
Readers -- Are on a diet? Have you experienced "start-stop syndrome" when starting a diet? What are some of the challenges you've faced when dieting? How do you stay motivated to stick with your diet? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Steve Siebold is author of Fat Loser! Mental Toughness Training for Dieters. To download a free copy, visit fatloser.com.