After struggling with my weight for years, I discovered 5 secrets to weight loss that have worked for me for many years. I hope they work for you!
Weight loss — such a “big” topic! Every month another book is out by another expert on weight loss. Everyone wants to know the secret to losing weight.
I certainly don’t have THE secret, but I do have some secrets, and I want to share them with you in the hope you find them helpful.
Weight used to be a major issue for me. Losing weight was never out of my thoughts, and I can’t tell you how many different diets, pills and programs I tried until I discovered some “secrets” that have worked for me for many years now.
So here they are. I hope they work as well for you as they have for me.
1. Change your focus from losing weight to achieving great health.
I grew up as a sickly child and I was a sickly young adult. I hated being sick and never having energy to do all the things I wanted to do. So I decided to learn about what creates great Health.
First I read tons of books on nutrition and became convinced that I needed to switch to organic foods. That was quite a challenge in 1961! There was one coop health Food store that I had to follow around Los Angeles because it kept moving locations. But it was worth it! My rule of thumb now is — if they didn’t eat it 500 years ago, then I won’t eat it now. This cuts out most packaged and processed foods and leaves natural, organic food. Be sure to add fermented foods as well, as having a healthy microbiome is essential for health and weight loss.
2. Learn to read your body signals regarding what feels good to your body and what feels bad.
I no longer read about all the different diets because I’ve learned to tune into MY body so that I know exactly what my body needs for great health. Since my body needs different things than your body, no single food plan will work for everyone. Your job is to learn to tune into what gives you energy and what robs you of energy, and what foods create calmness and which ones create agitation. Once I learned what my body needs for great health, I lost weight and kept it off easily.
3. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy and that you can do at least 5 times a week.
I discovered that I love to walk in nature, so I take a fast half-hour walk every day. However, this can be a problem if you have physical limitations or chronic illness. Losing weight with chronic illness or physical limitations is not impossible, but it can be a much bigger challenge.
4. Learn to discern which part of you determines what and when you eat, as well as how much you eat.
We all have a wounded part of ourselves that uses various addictions as ways to deal with feelings of loneliness, aloneness, helplessness, anxiety, depression, fear and anger. Some people may use alcohol, drugs, spending, TV, gambling, sex and so on to avoid their pain, while others use food. While food may work to pacify painful feelings for the moment, in the long run all addictions backfire and create the very pain you are trying to avoid. Yet our wounded self keeps choosing addictive behavior as a way of managing pain. As long as the wounded part of you is making your food choices, you may continue to have a weight problem.
The part of us that is capable of managing painful feelings in healthy ways and making healthy choices is our Loving Adult self. The loving adult is the part of us that has a deep desire to learn about and take loving action on our own behalf. Developing a loving adult, through the practice of Inner Bonding, is a major aspect in creating health and wellbeing, as well as in losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight.
5. Learn to connect with a spiritual source of wisdom, strength, love and guidance.
The loving adult is that part of us that is connected with a spiritual source of guidance rather than being governed by the programmed mind. The lower mind, being programmed from childhood, is the home of the wounded self. You are being a loving adult at those moments when you choose to be guided by a source of wisdom beyond your limited mind. This source will always guide you toward your highest good.
It is very likely that you will not only lose weight, but will also move into more physical and emotional health and wellbeing if you embrace these “secrets” into your life. Once you have developed a powerful loving inner adult self, you will be able to lose weight. If you really want to lose weight, there is a way!
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