This blog post could be the most important thing you ever read about weight loss.
I know, I know. That's a big statement. But I truly believe it.
This blog post is perfect for you if you can’t quite figure out why you keep giving up on your weight loss plans. Like starting a new plan and giving up on it a few days or weeks later.
Logically we think the first step in losing weight is to focus on our diet. So, we jump into a new diet program or start a new meal plan. And we focus all of our attention on following that plan.
But we’re missing something really important when we do this.
We’re missing a process.
Think about a major life accomplishment. Let’s use graduating with a college degree as an example.
There was an entire process for applying to college. Tests you needed to take, applications you needed to complete, essays you needed to write.
Then, once you were accepted into college, there was a step-by-step process you needed to follow in order to earn your degree. Courses you needed to take, minimum grades you needed to earn, money you needed to pay.
And if you followed the process laid out for you, you would earn your college degree.
Losing weight is similar. And I want to introduce you to the process I recommend. I call it The 6 Stages Of Losing Weight.
Stage 1: Learn
This stage is important because it lays the foundation for the entire process. And many people don’t even know this stage exists. It’s like a secret treasure of information that helps people understand the “why” of overeating.
So, what exactly do you learn in this stage?
You learn the root causes of overeating and how to solve for them.
Think about this. Being overweight is caused by overeating. We’re simply eating more food than our body requires for fuel.
But what causes overeating? Why does it feel like we can't control ourselves around food?
Sure, it tastes good. But there's a lot more to it than that.
We may overeat for two reasons:
Over-hunger is feeling hungry too often because of things happening in the body. Things like hormonal imbalances.
Over-desire is feeling the artificial desire to eat because of things happening in the brain. Things like thinking about food a lot.
Over-desire is that feeling we get when we really want to eat food. It’s very different than the physical feeling of being truly hungry.
You probably know what I mean by really wanting to eat food.
Once you’ve learned the root causes of overeating, it’s time to move onto the next stage.
Stage 2: Plan
This is the stage you may be most comfortable with. It's the place most people start.
This stage is important because creating a plan for how you want to eat will dramatically reduce the number of decisions you need to make on a daily basis.
And although having a plan is important, it’s more important to create a plan that you can follow for the rest of your life.
Yes, I said it. The rest of your life.
Now, of course the plan may change a little over time as your body changes. But overall, the plan you create is a commitment you make for the rest of your life in terms of how you’ll fuel your body.
It’s all about getting out of that short term diet mentality and into a long term lifestyle change mentality.
And when you create your plan, recognize that every person’s body is unique. One person may feel great after they eat eggs. And another person may feel sick. So, your plan will be created by you, for you, and it’ll be unique to your own body.
Once you’ve created your plan, it’s time to move onto the next stage.
Stage 3: Apply
Now the fun begins. In this stage you'll start to apply your plan to your life.
This stage of the process usually takes about 2 weeks. And it’s crucial because when you start to follow your plan, your brain will be screaming at you to stop!
The brain doesn’t normally like change. So, you need to give yourself time and space to teach your brain that this change is welcome. To teach it that this is something you want and something you’re willing to work for. You’re basically “priming” your brain for the long term lifestyle change you’re committed to making.
Give it a chance to get used to these changes first.
About 2 weeks after you start following your plan, move onto the next stage.
Stage 4: Practice
When you reach this stage, your brain will still be skeptical. And it will still be screaming at you to stop.
I’ll be honest. This is about the time that most people give up. Because it’s seriously hard to teach your brain something new, especially something as big as following a new lifestyle.
You’ll need commitment and motivation. And I strongly suggest you learn how to coach yourself. You can teach yourself how to do this or you can hire a coach to help you.
Coaching will be your biggest asset in this stage.
Once you’ve practiced your plan for about 6 weeks, move onto the next stage.
Stage 5: Master
When you reach this stage, you’ll be amazed at how you feel. It’s like a switch changes direction in your brain.
You’ll genuinely want to follow your plan. And the actions you take to follow your plan become so much easier.
When you reach this stage, you'll know, deep inside of you, without a doubt, that you’ll eventually reach your weight loss goal. It’s just a matter of time now.
Once you’ve reached this point, you’ll naturally move into the next stage.
Stage 6: Future
When you reach this stage, it might feel bitter sweet.
Some people experience an identify shift here because it’s like saying goodbye to "the old you" and hello to "the new you." It can be an interesting process.
But one thing emerges during this stage that puts the cherry on top of everything. And it's this...
You'll want to dust off your old goals and dreams and start to think about them again. Or you might discover a new one.
You'll start to focus on whatever that next goal is and you'll feel inspired to go after it.
Do you already know what your next goal will be after you reach your weight loss goal?
Maybe start your own business? Or go back to school? Or get a new job? Or grow your family?
What is next for you?
If you're ready to lose weight and take it to the next level,
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