Among the weight loss strategies you are using, how often do you find yourself resorting to avoidance strategies? You probably will be shocked to find out that some of your most popular weight loss strategies are really ways to avoid losing your unwanted weight.
Take exercise for example. Everyone says that exercise will bring you weight loss. Your doctor says it. Your friends are doing it. The government broadcasts this belief loud and clear. Guess what? If you want to lose weight, really and truly want to lose weight, exercise is an avoidance strategy.
Here are the facts about exercise. Research shows that exercise will not help you lose weight. It will, however, help you maintain the weight you lost. The average calorie burn for an hour of exercise is somewhere between 200 to 300 calories. If you continue eating the way you have been, knocking just two to three hundred calories off will not make you shed your extra pounds. Just a doughnut here and there will be an additional 300 calories that you will have to exercise for an hour to burn off.
Next up is a focus on food. If you, as so many woman do, make losing excess weight all about the food you eat, you will once again be using an avoidance strategy. Why is this so? It’s so because losing a lot of weight and keeping the weight off permanently is about changing your behavior and not simply about food. A good saying to help you keep this in mind is “it’s not just about food.”
One other influential weight loss strategy is in fact another avoidance strategy. The diet. Now diets are something every woman has tried as her weight loss strategy. In truth, diets can be a good strategy for reducing your weight. But when the diet is thought of and used as the single-best method of losing your unwanted weight, then dieting is an avoidance strategy. A diet at best is a guide to what foods to eat and how much to eat of these foods. If you had a pattern of eating that was weight gaining and weight maintaining, you will most likely be making a big, big change if you diet. This big change is a personal matter, and you will probably find yourself struggling to make this change. It’s this struggle that is at the heart of the weight loss process and not the diet.
You may not want to hear that some of your most prized weight loss strategies are merely avoidance strategies. If, however, you dig into your inner self and dig in deeply enough, you will see just how right this idea is.