Updated: Jul 14, 2018
My weight loss program is very different from anything my clients have experienced in their weight loss efforts. They are used to being provided a strict meal plan and told to stick to it. They have weigh-ins possibly several times per week, and then are berated when they have cheated on their diet plan and actually gained weight that week.
Does that sound familiar? I know when I went to weight loss centers that was my experience. I had even been yelled at by one of the so called ‘coaches’ accusing me that I had signed a contract saying that I would measure ALL my food so I need to stick with the program. Let me just say I didn’t continue on with that weight loss center for long. Being yelled at when you are struggling to lose weight doesn’t help.
So when I get clients that sign up with me, they tend to expect the same sort of treatment or they expect to be told to eat less and exercise more. They are a little taken aback when I don’t say you need to eat less, I don’t say you need to exercise more. In fact I talk about exercise very little, as ultimately exercise has very little to do with permanent weight loss. Permanent weight loss does have to do with the food – but not how much food. It is not in eating less food, but food choices.
But weight loss having to do with food choices isn’t really a surprise now is it? What IS a surprise, is that when you are having troubles sticking to those healthy food choices, realizing that it is because of your brain – more specifically your thinking. For an example of the S.T.E.R.R. Coaching Model you can read my blog post: https://www.comeongethappy.ca/blog/permanent-weight-loss-begins-in-the-brain
I work with my clients on the brain (thinking) part of weight loss. Our thinking is what sabotages us every time. We have been so brain-washed by the millions of diet plans out there that we have tried, that we don’t really know what to think any more.
I challenge my clients’ thinking. We look at the clients’ beliefs. For example, some clients believe that they can’t eat eggs because it causes high cholesterol. Back in the 80’s many weight loss experts were touting this as true. Later research has proved that yes egg yolks are high in cholesterol – BUT they don’t actually cause US to have high cholesterol. So many beliefs or facts that we once thought were true, are now proven by science to be actually false. How many weight loss beliefs do you hold, that just doesn’t seem to be working for you?
But often we think because the so called ‘experts’ have said this to be true, that it simply must be true – even though it doesn’t seem to help you to lose weight. Which starts you wondering what is wrong with you. Let me say, there is nothing wrong with you.
Let me be clear. I have clients that quit working with me too because I will ask them questions that they don’t want to look at. For example I had a client who firmly believed that she needed to run on a treadmill for an hour every day or she was going to gain weight. She often complained how exhausted she felt, so I asked if she wanted to try not exercising so much. She just about lost it. It was as if I had asked her to murder 100’s of newborn babies. She held the belief so strongly that if she didn’t to 60 minutes on the treadmill every day, that she was going to gain weight, that it made her unwilling to look at any other options.
People who are willing to look at their beliefs about weight loss – no matter how uncomfortable looking at old beliefs may be, are always my favorite clients, because they are willing to look outside the box that we have been so conditioned to being stuck in.
Eat less and exercise more. Calories in equal calories out. You need to expend more calories than you consume. These are just your thoughts (beliefs you have been conditioned to think) that are keeping you stuck.
If you are ready to challenge your weight loss thinking/beliefs then you may want to consider working with a Weight Loss Coach like me.
By Adriana Ellis. Adriana is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Weight Loss Coach. Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach, Certified Food Addictions Coach, Law of Attraction Coach and has her Diploma (with distinction) in Counselling. Adriana teaches her clients how to change their thinking and habits to help them feel better and get the results that they want.