Weight loss is certainly a hot topic, especially on the Internet. Everyone has an opinion about it. What diet should you follow? How often should you exercise? What supplements will help you lose weight?
Let’s be honest — Your head is likely spinning out of control with all the information out there. Quite frankly, I don’t want to add to your misery. I have one solid piece of advice that will help you head into the right direction. Well, there’s actually three, but and they’re all equally important.
3. Listen to Your Heart
I call this the PRL principle — mainly because if you have a catchy acronym, it’s easier to remember, and it helps keep you stay focused. The order of the PRL principle is very important. If you don’t persevere, you will never learn and if you don’t learn, you won’t be able to find the things your heart is telling you to do to lose weight. It’s really that simple.
The Key to Weight Loss Success
The key to losing weight is not about finding the right diet or the right supplement or the best exercise — although these help. The key to successful weight loss is perseverance. Everything stems from your willingness to reach your weight loss goals with enthusiasm and determination — over a long period of time.
You want to see results when in perseverance mode. You don’t want to be sitting around in three months in the same condition you’re in now or worse, heavier than you are now.
Failure is okay. It’s part of life. The people who succeed see failure as something that’s welcome. They learn from it. If you’ve tried a diet and it didn’t work, maybe be it means you need to revaluate the diet or learn why you have difficulty staying on a diet. I could also because you’re on the wrong diet. Don’t be afraid to talk with your doctor about your diet and your weight.
Too many people throw vast quantities of money at popular fad diets. Then after they go off the diet, they gain the weight back and sometimes they even gain a few more pounds than they lost. If a diet won’t work for you for the long term, it’s probably not a good diet for you to be on. Learn from your experience and move on. Don’t give up.
“Many of Life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison
There are a lot of excellent Web sites that have practical and reasonable information about dieting. The National Weight Control Registry is a great place to start your research. Their statistics come from real-life people who have lost weight and kept it off for a significant amount of time, usually five years or longer.
A lot of research in weight loss is based on clinical studies, and many times the funding for these studies comes from a company that is trying to promote a product.
The most important thing is to keep learning because learning will help keep you motivated.
There is no one perfect way to lose weight.
For many people, there is not just one single best way to lose weight. There are collective things people do to become successful like getting emotional support and keeping a food diary. These things usually work for a lot of people. Overall, everyone is different. It’s just a matter of trying different things until you find what things work best for you. Finding these things is usually a matter of trial and error.
Follow your Heart
When you find a weight loss plan that works, you’ll know and you’ll believe it’s a plan you can stay on for the rest of your life. It will probably include a food plan you can live with, an exercise plan and other things like maybe keeping a journal or getting support.
Call it intuition or inspiration. When you follow and listen to your heart, you feel in tune and in balance. Listen to that still inner voice within you. Many philosophers and inspirational people have spoken about that still inner voice that leads you to where you were meant to be.
What inspires you to lose weight? What works for you and what doesn’t?