Saturday, September 22, 2012

7 Habits of Highly Effective Weight Loss

I lose weight through intermittent fasting. But I’m not saying that intermittent fasting is the best weight loss method.

If you look at almost any diet program, you’ll find groups of people who have found success with the plan. They’ve been able to lose the weight they wanted to lose and have been able to keep it off for the long-term. The common denominator here is not the diet programs, but the people following the programs. The reason they’re successful - regardless of the diet plan—is that they have the proper mindset to follow the diet program to lose weight and then most importantly, they stick with the plan for the long-term.

I’ve recently come across a book called “THINK! and Lose Weight” to help anyone to develop and sustain the proper mindset to lose weight and keep it off, regardless of the diet program being followed. The book is based on the principles of two of the greatest self-help books ever written - Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

I’m someone who has the experience of changing habit to achieve weight loss.  Hence I know it’s true that the habit of choice can change life.  So if there is a book which can help people change and build healthy habits, I’m more than eager to recommend.  THINK! and Lose Weight is one of such books.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Weight Loss

Have you ever looked at an overweight person, maybe even yourself, and thought, "That person just needs discipline. If only they'd expend a little effort and self control they wouldn't be fat anymore."?

But why not? We all know what it takes to lose weight - eat less and move more. Why do so many of us find it so hard? Why do we start with the greatest enthusiasm and the best of intentions only weeks later to throw in the towel?

In a word, habit

The things we do over and over again are our habits. Some are good and some are not. It's their consistency that both makes them a habit and gives them their power.

For most of us the reason we fail at losing weight is that the habits of poor eating and not enough exercise are stronger and more established than the new habit of good eating and exercise we are trying to establish.

And therein lies the first problem, we don't acknowledge that it's a habit we are trying to change or recognize the difficulty in doing so. Which is by no means a suggestion that we shouldn't try, just an acknowledgement that the issue is more involved than we might first assume.

If we are to be successful in any endeavor we have to be able to assess the entirety of our situation and develop a competent strategy for change.

Here is where THINK! and Lose Weight can help

There are no new secrets to weight loss. There is no magic wand, elixir or pill that can change the process, make it faster or less arduous. Burning more calories than you consume on a consistent basis is the only way to lose weight.

It is to the snake-oil salesman's advantage that the issue is made more complicated than it needs to be.

However, within the rubric of "eat less do more" a surer path to effective weight loss can be found. This is the path of effective strategies, of understanding why you eat too much, of destructive habits and how to convert them into constructive ones.

This is the path laid out in THINK! and Lose Weight: the 7 Habits of Effective Weight Loss

Along the way you will learn the habit of success, a habit that can be applied to any endeavor and with great reward.  Of course you can make use of what you learn to develop your intermittent fasting style of eating habit.

Each chapter focuses on one habit and how acquiring that habit is essential to successful weight loss. Beyond the habits are several appendices with real-life strategies for organizing your exercise and diet and bringing them into compliance with not only your weight loss needs but your lifestyle as well. So, while the formula for weight loss is the same it's always been - eat less and do more - THINK! and Lose Weight offers strategies designed to help you effectively change your life, to make weight loss a consistent part of your lifestyle and ensure your continued success.

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