Some people organise their closet by colour. Others organise their clothes around season.
For many people trying to lose weight, it’s always been about size.
You’ve spent days, months and even years at a time eating right, exercising and losing weight. And in turn, you’ve spent untold amounts of money, shopping for smaller-sized clothes. It’s a reward for all the weight you’ve lost and the tremendous effort you’ve put in.
But you never parted with your “When I’m heavy” clothes. When your weight is down, you shift the bigger, baggier sizes to the back of your closet or store them in the attic.
And every once in a while, they come out again….. Because despite your determination, all that healthy eating and trips to the gym, it’s too difficult to stick to good eating habits over the long haul.
Losing weight, enjoying all the compliments, wearing smaller clothes, then piling it all back on again – It’s a viscous, and seemingly inevitable, cycle. A rollercoaster you’ve never been able to get off.
All the while, feeling dejected by the inability to maintain what took so many hours at the gym to achieve.
The Stumbling Block to Achieving Permanent Weight Loss
So, what’s the key to achieving permanent weight loss? Why is it so difficult?
After all, you know what a healthy diet consists of. It’s not like knowledge is an issue.
Nor is determination. You have shown so many times that you can put in the hours on the treadmill or bike.
So what is the stumbling block?
Before we get there, stop blaming yourself. It’s important to acknowledge that the majority of diets don’t lead to long-lasting results.
And that’s because nutrition and exercise are the technical gears you shift into place to lose weight. But there is a third element most diets – and dieters – never acknowledge, which is key to the whole thing.
You need to uncover and deal with the underlying reasons why you overeat.
What does this mean?
The voices in your head
Each person struggling with weight has their own internal voice, their inner critic, rationalising why to overeat. And it’s these voices that talk you off the diet and exercise path.
These rationalisations are the psychological, emotional and behavioural factors behind your being overweight.
You may be relying on eating to combat loneliness. Food may serve as a comfort and companion to you, especially after a break-up or loss. You may be overeating as a result of depression, trauma, or self-punishment.
Maybe you are secretly afraid that if you lose weight, a relationship that is important to you will change….
Maybe you just hate being told by a spouse or parent that “you need to lose weight”, and are determined to prove your independence. Or maybe there is a lot of pressure involved in succeeding at losing weight, and you would rather not deal with it?
The reasons why you overeat, and ultimately never keep the weight off, may vary. And you may not even be aware they exist, especially if you’ve been conscientiousness in the past about diet combined with exercise.
But they all share a common fate: these will all derail your path to lasting weight loss.
If you continue eating at this pace, what does the future hold?
We call the combination of these factors that are going on in your head and motivating you to eat, your “Mental Weight”.
Your Mental Weight is in fact the weight you’re certain to reach if you continue with your current eating habits and behaviours.
Say you weigh 13 stone (82 kilos) on the scales, but upon measuring your existing behaviours and attitudes towards food, your Mental Weight score is 18. That means you will almost certainly hit 16 stone (101 kilos) unless you understand your personal pyscho-behavioural factors and properly deal with them.
The good news?
Once you address your Mental Weight, your physical weight will get in line. The only way to permanently change your physical weight is to change your Mental Weight.
Mental Weight may seem intangible, but we have a proven, scientific method for measuring it. Measuring your Mental Weight will allow you to evaluate the habits, attitudes and behaviours that are responsible for your weight gain and alter them. Our goal is to identify and reduce your Mental Weight so that it represents your ideal weight. And get you to reach and maintain both.
And what happens when these two weights coexist in harmony? You will finally experience what until now has eluded you: Self-confidence and self-esteem, more energy, feeling in control of your life, and ultimately a healthier, happier you.
And maybe you’ll finally be able to throw out those “When I’m heavy clothes” :)
What’s your Mental Weight?
Now you understand why diet and exercise are not enough to keep your weight off for once and for all, it’s time to get to grips with your mental weight.
Are you ready to find out yours?
Contact us to book an assessment. It takes just a few minutes.
The results will reveal the real, underlying reasons why permanent weight loss has escaped you. And once you have those in hand, we can help you deal with them, as well as recommend a personalised weight loss plan that will allow you to lose weight quickly but safely without feeling hungry or deprived.