Weight Loss Brief Coaching Demonstration
Hey guys. Welcome to the Saluber Coaching Show. Helping you make wellness a priority. My name is Dr. Matthew Blaylock, and in today's episode, we're going to be continuing the series on brief coaching. The focus of today's episode is going to be weight loss. A lot of people in today's world are trying to lose weight, but most people end up frustrated when they go on a diet. Studies have shown that the average person goes on 4 or 5 diets a year and the failure rate for diets is over 95%. So, what's the issue? With all of the books and all of the information that's available today, what is holding people back from losing weight? Why are people gaining weight each year?
Weight Loss Simplified
The main reason doesn't have anything to do with the diet itself. Just to be clear, any diet that causes a sustained calorie reduction, that means any diet that causes you to eat less calories than you burn every day, will result in weight loss – 100% of the time. It does not matter if it's a paleo style diet or a vegan or vegetarian diet or whether it's a low-carbohydrate diet like Atkins or a ketogenic diet whatever diet that causes a calorie restriction will result in weight loss 100% of the time. Now, the question is what causes people to have difficulty losing weight and then maintain that weight loss over time?
The Role of the Mind
The biggest issue is mindset or beliefs – a person's frame of mind. If it were just as simple as following the diet and weight loss would be automatic, then no one would have a problem with being overweight, but there's something else going on and that something else is belief. It's what's going on in the mind, and today I have two main questions that will help you in your weight loss program.
The first question is when you think about the diet that you're on or that you are considering going on is this a pattern of eating that you can maintain for the next five or ten or twenty years in the future? Is this a lifestyle choice that you can see yourself maintaining? If you can't see yourself continuing to eat like this for the next 10 or 20 years, this diet is not going to be effective for you in the long term. The biggest issue that most people have is they go on a diet, and they rapidly lose weight in the first month or three months, but the diet is restrictive. It's different than their normal patterns of eating. Then, over time, a person comes back to the normal patterns of eating, and their weight goes up and possibly even increases. Maybe you've experienced that for yourself. If you have, it's because you are not able to maintain that pattern of eating as a lifestyle choice. So think, can you maintain this eating style over the long term? If you can't, it means you need to do something different.
The Meaning of Food
The second question is, what does food mean for you? What's the meaning behind food for you personally? A lot of people attach meaning such as comfort or security or maybe certain pleasure? Maybe it is a stress relief for somebody. Emotional eating or psychological eating is something that a lot of people face today. Any time that a person attaches certain meanings or levels of meaning to food, it's going to be an issue when they want to begin a diet. One of the ways the coaching can help you is to begin to uncover what the meanings of food are for you.
A Successful Weight Loss Mindset
A lot of people have these meanings in the back of their mind that they're not consciously aware of. In the coaching process, through questioning, you can take these meanings out of your unconscious and bring them into conscious awareness. Then, you can decide, is this something I want to hold on to and keep or is it something that I would like to throw away. With these meanings, the people who are most successful with weight loss hold to a meaning that food is fuel – nothing more than that. It's just like putting gasoline in the tank of their car. Food is there to provide the energy that your body needs to function optimally. It's not a source of comfort or reward or security. If you have these levels of meaning attached to food, you need to address those meanings before you begin your diet process because those are the meanings that will help sabotage your efforts in the long run.
Let me know in the comments down below what meanings have you attached to food. We'll begin a discussion – I'll help coach you through the process of how you can begin to become aware of those meaning and what you can do to change those meaning so that you can reach your weight loss goals and live the life that you want to live. Until we meet again, my name is Dr. Matthew Blaylock. Be strong and live well