According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of lifestyle is: “the way in which a person lives”.
When you decided to lose weight, what did you think about? Did you think about:
• How great it would feel to wear clothes that fit?
• Having more energy?
• Being healthier?
Did you think about how you would have to change the way you live to achieve the results you want?
Losing weight for a surgery does not require a lifestyle change. It requires following a strict diet for a specified number of weeks to lose fat and muscle as quickly as possible, so the total body weight is down to an acceptable range for the surgery to be performed.
Losing weight for a holiday does not require a lifestyle change. It requires following a strict diet for a specified number of weeks to lose enough weight so your clothes fit better. Usually the dietary changes people make are the changes they know they need to make but are not willing to commit to making those changes on a long-term basis.
Losing weight to prevent disease, eliminate unwanted symptoms or manage disease DOES require a lifestyle change. It is not good enough to make healthy choices some of the time and eat whatever you want when you don’t feel like eating healthy.
Making lifestyle changes requires:
The difference between a quick weight loss diet and a lifestyle change approach is what happens when challenges present themselves, times get difficult and stress increases.
• Quick Weight Loss Diet – All the positive changes stop, old habits set in, and the weight comes back.
• Lifestyle Change Approach – Focus and determination increases, the desire to continue to do well gets stronger, and more effort is put into continuing the positive habits that have been created. Hard times is equivalent to Game Day. Dealing with challenges that present themselves is what you have been practicing for. This is your opportunity to see how much you really have changed.
If you want to lose weight, you must decide:
• Do I want to lose some quick weight to make me feel better temporarily and pretend I’m getting healthier, or
• Am I truly committed to making a lifestyle change, so the change I make is real.
The choice is yours.