The Secret to Weight Loss (Part 1) (1-5 of 10 steps)

I hate reading titles like the one you just read. I only titled it that way to get your attention. But to be honest, I have discovered a secret to weight loss that can change your life forever, if you are open and ready to change.

Most of you that read this will more than likely skim through the article, think to yourself how you already know most of what is said, close the webpage and go on with your life. If that’s you, this entry isn’t meant for you. I’m writing this for those people that find it next to impossible to lose weight. Those people that think they’ll always be fat because they don’t have enough self control, will power, or desire. This is for those people that that feel like losing weight is an uphill struggle, a hopeless quest for an imaginary goal.

Why am I qualified to reveal this secret? Let me begin by saying that I am someone who has not only been there, I am still there. 5 months ago my life changed and I’ve been losing weight ever since. So far I’ve lost 50 pounds and I’ve been going to the gym 3 days a week too. During this time I have had a chance to figure out a lot of things, and the secret to weight loss is one of the things I have learned. So, if you will, sit back and read this advice and if you’re ready for it, let’s begin.

Ancient Proverb:

  • The Journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.

So let’s begin with the basic fundamental truth. Your current situation and size is the realization of your past decisions. The foods we eat either contribute to weight gain or help lose weight. Each day we make the choice to gain more weight or lose weight by deciding what foods we eat. So step 1 is the easiest step of all. And yes, this is what I did, and yes it did help.

1) Your new lifestyle begins by devoting 2 weeks to eating whatever you want and as much of it as you want.

If you want to eat chocolate for every meal go for it. Don’t hold back, if you want it, eat it. You won’t gain that much weight; you’ll only get rid of the “forbidden fruit” mentality. Setting your mind free is the most important step. You will quickly see that food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

2) After your 2 weeks are up, step on a scale, take measurements of your waist, hips, bust, biceps, thighs, etc. These numbers don’t mean anything. They are just a tool to determine your next step.

3) Write down a goal weight. Set a target weight and target date. Make a chart like this:

Begin by writing the target date down with a statement. (Ex. I will weigh xxx pounds by January 1, 2007). Next take your total weight loss amount and divide it by 10. So if you want to lose 80 pounds you would divide that by 10 and get 8. All you have to do is lose 8 pounds 10 times and you’ve reached your goal.

So let’s say your beginning weight is 250 pounds and you want to weigh 170. That’s 80 pounds. Make 10 boxes below your weight/date statement. Each box represents 8 pounds. Every time you lose 8 pounds, mark off a box like you do when marking off a calendar day. Each time you lose 8 pounds, you’re 10% closer to your goal. Give yourself something each time you cross off a box. Maybe a new outfit, take a vacation day from work, go see an old friend, something you’ve been putting off that you really want to do. Write these things down in the box so you don’t forget. This gives you incentive to lose the weight.

4) Begin!

The hardest part of any weight loss is getting started. That first step can seem impossible. That’s why you’ve already gone through 3 steps that weren’t too difficult. You’ve already picked up some steam and you can use that as inspiration to take this next step.

I began by choosing a way of eating I could live with for life. That’s important. I use a mixture of a few different plans that work for me. I like eating less carbs and more proteins, which also helps me in the gym too, as protein is needed to achieve muscle gain. When it comes to diets most work IF you can stick to them, unfortunately most diets don’t work because they are next to impossible to stay on.

After you have found a new way of eating, you can begin. Wake up with the mindset of eating right. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to begin. Also, make sure you start taking some vitamins and supplements. I’m trying out some right now that I may end up selling in the future; I’ll let you know how that goes. In the mean time, take some vitamins, even a cheap daily from Wal-Mart will do for now.
5) At the end of the week, weigh in and see what the scale says. If you lost some weight, great, keep doing what you’re doing. If you didn’t, that’s great too! You’ve grown closer to finding what foods are preventing you from losing weight. When the new week starts, decide on ONE thing you’re going to change and change it. I was eating chicken wings with bleu cheese dressing for the first few months and I consistently didn’t lose as much weight as I’d have liked to. So, when I’d lost some weight and found new foods that I liked, I stopped eating them. I haven’t had wings now in almost 3 months. The funny thing is that if I had tried to quit them from day 1, I probably wouldn’t have stayed on the plan. Like the Bill Murray movie “What About Bob” Baby Steps are the key.

Ok, these steps are enough to get you stared. Remember that each week you’re not trying to lose all the weight, you’re just trying to lose something. If you ever feel tempted by certain foods, you can give in and eat them if you want, just be prepared to not lose weight that week. If that’s what you want, that’s fine, but remember the consequences. As you continue on each week, your will power will grow stronger because you’ll have lost some weight.

The important thing is to get started! And with this plan it’s easy! For two weeks eat anything you want and get all the cravings out of you. You’ll be tired of your favorite foods by the time you begin, trust me.

Part II will be released soon and it has 5 more steps and goes into more detail about exercising, attitude, eating out, and dealing with temptations. Be sure to check back for it real soon!

And if you think this can help someone you know, send them the link!

Make sure to check out Part 2 in this series

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3 thoughts on “The Secret to Weight Loss (Part 1) (1-5 of 10 steps)

  1. Very clear, good and solid advice. It’s great you found what works for you and are seeking it out and learning, and getting results. I am sharing this with someone I know. However it has to come from them, their attitude, just as you wrote in the beginning paragraph. Writing things down and having the mindset of “I can do this” keeps the focus when trying diets and exercising alone can have an unclear destination. I hope besides this article, that my person and many others read through your whole blog! It’s addictively positive, and all works together. =) Great job. -Melissa