Are Your Bad Health Habits Killing Your Weight Loss Efforts?
Do you have bad Health habits that confirm a belief about yourself? Are that habits serving you well or are they confirming a belief you wish was different?
For instance, do you always “super-size” your meals? If so, this is confirming a habit that you are super-sized!
You may reject the idea that this is so, but actions speak louder than words.
- Do you believe a meal isn’t complete without dessert or a glass of wine or some bread?
- Do you have a hard time wasting food and feel you should eat everything on your plate?
- When you lose weight do you believe you should hang on to your fat clothes, just in case!?
- Do you believe that you’ll never succeed at losing weight?
Best steps to change your bad Health Habits
So, how do you begin to change your beliefs and form new, more positive health habits? The first thing to do is stop lying to yourself! We all do it.
How many times have you promised yourself to stick to healthy portion size and not eat too much, and have instead gone to the fridge and eaten everything in sight?
Changing your entire bad health habits may seem a little overwhelming at first, but you can ease into it by taking a few small steps to form new healthy habits:
1. Envision the end result. You’re not changing a habit for the sake of change itself, but because doing so will get you closer to achieving or having your “ideal weight.”
If you have a habit of watching TV for a few hours every night and eating an entire bag of potato chips, turn the TV off and substitute reading or a walk.
2. Take a realistic assessment. What’s working well, what needs improvement, and what’s getting in the way of your progress?
Your exercise routine of lifting weights may be going perfectly well, but what if you would really like to find a more interesting way to tone your muscles? Put that on a list of things that are important to you and start working on it.
3. Pick a challenge—any challenge. You don’t have to pick a big challenge to begin. Think in terms of improving one percent a day—something very attainable.
For example, if you drink several cups of coffee or tea a day, but want to cut out caffeine, start by drinking one less cup per day or even one-half cup less. Within a short time, you’ll have weaned yourself from the habit.
4. The action is the key. Form a plan for staying on track. Keep a written record of your progress.
It’s easy to forget the little victories, but going back and looking at a journal of success—even in the smallest areas—gives you a mental boost and encourages you to stick with your plan.
By taking small steps—if you really commit to and persist with your new habits—I guarantee that you’ll have a new perspective and belief about who you are and what you can accomplish.
You can then move on to choosing the next healthy habit you want to develop and strengthen.
Remember, you can change yourself and the way you interact with others.
This is the path to true happiness and success! Knowing that you’re in complete and total control of your life and the healthy lifestyle you choose to live means you have the power no matter what happens or what others say.
You have the freedom to find your true self and determine who you’ll become, which includes implementing healthy habits and living your ideal life at your ideal weight permanently.
Diet Pills Only Have Minimal Effect…Lifestyle Changes Are More Effective
A study done by the British Medical Journal found that many of the top-tier diet pills do not deliver and are unable to aid users in losing a significant amount of weight.
Even individuals that have taken weight loss drugs for a year, enjoy only minor losses.
Canadian and Brazilian researchers worked in concert, assessing the results of individuals who consumed both prescription and non-prescription weight loss pills.
Persons in the study used the following weight loss pills, Rimonabant (Acomplia), Orlistat (Alli and Xenical) and Sibutramine (Meridia).
The study showed that users were only able to shed, on average, a modest 11 pounds. This was true even up to 4 years of usage. Yes, you read that correctly, a measly 11 pounds.
Individuals who took Orlistat (Alli), a weakened form is sold in retail stores), were only able to shed 7 pounds, even after long-term usage of the supplement.
Those persons in the study who took Sibutramine and Rimonabant lost 9 to 11 pounds on average, respectively.
However, those on Sibutramine experienced uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous side effects such as nausea, the inability to sleep, increased blood pressure and pulse.
Nearly 10% of those taking Rimonabant experienced mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.
The incidences of mental disorders related to the intake of the drug were so high that the FDA would not allow it to be sold in the United States in 2009.
A reduced-strength form of Orlistat (Alli) has been approved and is currently being sold over-the-counter, much to the chagrin of some medical professionals, “Selling anti-obesity drugs over-the-counter will perpetuate the myth that obesity can be fixed simply by popping a pill,” Dr. Gareth Williams of the University of Bristol wrote.
The Problem With Diet Pills
Weight loss pills are hardly ever as effective as they claim to be, as evidenced by the above study.
Therefore, users, even those who need to the most, typically won’t lose a great deal of weight by using them.
Secondly, weight loss drugs can be dangerous. They often negatively affect both the mind and the body, sometimes resulting in death.
Lastly, diet pills are simply a Band-Aid. Until individuals are able to understand why they overeat, deal with those issues and then learn to eat correctly and control their portions (even when under stress), they will continue to battle with their weight.
In short, weight loss pills don’t deal with the root cause of the problem.
Learning To Live Differently
If a person that struggles with their weight wants different results, they have to live differently.
Being willing to do the hard work, i.e., getting to the root cause of the overheating problem, treating it and then adopting lifestyle changes and better eating habits is the only way to lose weight and then keep it off.