Monday Lifestyle Education Discussion:
I can’t begin to do justice by retelling the stories of the men and women that shared yesterday, BUT I will try to recap the main points for those of you who weren’t able to attend. Of course I like to elaborate with my own commentary based on experience
Greg, Lisa, Roxanne and Derek shared details of their journey with weight loss. It’s interesting to note that 2 of them chose to do a full meal replacement plan (optifast) and the other 2 chose a food-based plan. This goes to confirm that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to losing weight. Individuals that come to work with us quickly see that the biggest challenge in losing weight is not the nutrition, but the commitment to change one’s behavior and lifestyle. If they didn’t already know, they soon realize that no diet will be the cure, but rather the cure comes from combining determination, the right nutrition plan, exercise and the ability to arrange their environment for success. All of this is based around the individual and challenging/changing behaviors is required.
The common theme shared by all of them was that their desperation led them to come seek support from Nutrition Solutions. A doctor’s report of poor health may have been their “wake up call” and they knew that their usual attempts at weight loss in the past had proved futile. Often, it’s that desperation and frustration that provokes people to take drastic measures. It’s their ability to say “no” to instant gratification and quick fixes, and instead say “yes” to a lifestyle change. Support at this stage is essential. Is it hard work? Heck yeah! They all shared challenges with navigating social events, family influences and the natural discomfort that comes with challenging any habit. We’ve said this before, but eating habits are learned early in life–quite possibly in infancy. That makes it a unique beast to tackle and that is why we applaud and encourage anyone who fights the natural tendency towards self-gratification and pleasure-eating.
I crunched the numbers and they have a combined weight loss of 218 pounds! This is incredible and is a testament to their success. If you wonder if you can lose weight and keep it off, the answer is YES, but please make sure to surround yourself with the right team of experts and supportive friends and family.