There May Well Be a Downside to Losing Weight, Discover What Yours is!


Yes, there really is one and it might be holding you back - so heres what you can do about it!

This might be a familiar scenario. Youve been doing really well with what youre eating and drinking. Youve maybe been more consistent with your attempts to exercise (or, hang that, actually DOING it). But then you eat a whole box of cream cakes (or whatever). Youre not even hungry. You can barely remember doing it. But you did. And now you feel annoyed. And puzzled.

Welcome to the land of self sabotage. From a logical point of you, smart women cant figure out what just happened. Why would you be getting in your own way and wrecking everything you have been working towards?

There are two sides to diet sabotage. Theres the downside that you feel bad and are putting the brakes on your progress. Then theres the upside youve something nice to eat that maybe you have denied yourself in a while.

There are many ways you can sabotage your progress but what I want to talk about today is when you sabotage without being conscious of wanting something to eat. Without being consciously drawn into the biscuit barrel.

You really need to look at the worst case scenario. One of the very common reasons for sabotaging your diet is fear of failure. You might wonder, what if I have a goal and I fail?

But worse still, what if you got everything you wanted? What would happen then? What would happen to the YOU you know and love? Would other people hate you?

Go and get yourself a notepad and pen because were going to do a little brainstorming exercise to get through this barrierIll wait while you get them

Write down your weight loss (or other) goals on the paper. For each of the goals on your list, youll now want an extra page. Write the goal in the middle of the page and draw a circle around it. Now start to brainstorm all the possible downsides to your goal. Write each point somewhere on that page. You can use lines coming off the central circle if you like. Whatever works. This is just for you, so get it all down. Even if it seems crazy or ridiculous.

You might be thinking that this is a crazy exercise or wonder how this will make a difference. It will, believe me. It is hugely important and gives you valuable information. Remember that successful weight loss for life is not going to come from willpower alone. The only way through this is to get rid of all the stuff in your head that is holding you back. If part of your brain is telling you that BAD THINGS will happen if you lose weight, what do you think your outcome is going to be?

Let me give you an example. You want to learn to eat more healthily and lose weight. Consider all the unintended negative consequences of that. Your first thought might be there isnt a downside; that would be great. Believe me, there is always something

Dig a little deeper and you might find things like:

If I commit to eating healthily, Ill never be able to eat again. And I would hate that.

If I eat healthily, I wont be able to go out for dinner.

I wont be invited to dinner parties as people will think I need to eat weird food

Ill have to buy new clothes, and that would cost too much money.

People will treat me differently, and I dont want that. It will be difficult to know who to trust.

My husband will hate the new me. He always says he loves my curves.

My friends might be jealous of my weight loss and talk about me behind my back or exclude me from things we used to do together.

Ill miss the cosy nights in front of the TV with my husband and a giant chocolate cake.

Ill never be able to lose enough weight, so whats that point in starting?

Backhanded compliments (like wow, you look so much better) that insult me will make me miserable.

What if I start getting obsessed?

It doesnt matter how crazy it seems, get down EVERY SINGLE downside you can think of. Huge ones, small ones, tiny ones. It doesnt matter. Some of the things might be unresolved fears from way back.

What else can you write?

What else?

Even when you feel you cant think of anything else, where are always a few more.

You might have a list of 15 to 20 downsides to eating healthily and losing weight. Read over what you have got and chances are, there will be two or three that really hit home.

It will start to dawn on you that YOU are holding yourself back from getting healthy and losing weight because of these fears you have (however crazy). There is part of you that is so scared about changing that you will do anything to keep yourself on familiar ground and stuck. And that is why you are sabotaging your goals.

In writing all this stuff down, theres a high likelihood that none of it will happen. It also gives you some work to do. Naming your fears isnt showing weakness. Its the starting point, and voicing them releases the hold they have on you.

Now, I hear you shout, what do I do about it? For some people, simply recognizing the fears and how crazy some of them are is enough. For most people, youll want a helping hand.

The beauty of health coaching is that together we can work through whatever is holding you back and, through our sessions, move you forward. If any of this resonates with you, message me or give me a call on 07765 869670 to see whether a coaching programme is what you need right now. Diet alone isn't enough...we need to sort your head out too!

About the Author Georgina Graham

George is the Nutritional Therapist at Cotswold Better Health. She qualified at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in 2006 and has been a practising Nutritionist ever since.

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