You hear it over and over again: "Diets don't work. You have to change your lifestyle."
It's certainly very true, but what exactly does that mean?
Your lifestyle is your life. If you want to change your lifestyle, you're going to have to change your life. After 2 years of doing this, I can tell you this: it is very hard. But as the saying goes, it is difficult, but not impossible.
Think of it this way: if you want to lose weight, all of your habits, behaviors, food that you eat, body movements, all of it contribute to your current state of health.
To make that change, to improve your health, requires the modification of habits, behaviors, food that you eat and body movements.
What makes this a very tall order is none of it will last unless you do it forever. The problem with all of that is that for many of us (myself included, before June 20, 2010) food has become a reward. Food has become entertainment. Food has become happiness.
That all has to go out the window. Food is fuel. Nothing more. The thin person does not have a problem with this. They are perfectly capable of (for now) celebrating with food, eating foods high in sugar, fat, salt and calories in small portions and getting by.
But not us. Not me. Not other heavy people. We've gone too far. We can't do it. We can't stop.
Which is why we can never start.
Back to changing the lifestyle. There are so many traditions and things that we do where unhealthy food is ingrained into our routines. To be successful, long-term, I believe it all has to go.
Used to eating concession food at the movies? Bring your own healthy alternatives.
Used to eating hotdogs and nachos at the baseball game? Bring your own better food.
Eat out of the vending machines at work? Don't. Pack your own lunch and snacks.
That's what has to happen. Those key behaviors have to be changed. And that's why it's hard.
But you can do it! If I can, anyone can. And that's the truth.