You see it happen on TV – people literally losing hundreds of pounds and becoming healthier and happier. How are they able to do it when most people struggle to lose just ten or twenty pounds?
Big weight loss means changes that stick for more than a few weeks. Moving more and eating less are necessary, but you need more. Here are the top 5 requirements to lose significant weight and keep it off, according to Dr. Holly Wyatt, medical director of the Anxchutz Health and Wellness Center in Colorado.
1. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Transforming your life requires stepping out of your comfort zone. Being comfortable and doing the behaviors you do right now got you to the weight and place you are now. If you aren’t happy with that place, you need to prepare yourself for true change — and this means being willing to embrace feeling uncomfortable.
No real transformation happens inside your comfort zone.
2. Get your mind right.
Eating right and exercise are critical pieces to any physical transformation, but a mental transformation is just as important. People who succeed develop an optimistic or positive attitude about their new life. They expect success; they believe they can and will succeed. They concentrate on what they get to do in their new life, NOT what they can’t do. They savor positive moments, and enjoy the journey!
3. Figure out your deeper ‘Why?’
True transformation requires powerful motivation. This motivation comes from linking your new lifestyle to the things you most want to accomplish. Look a little deeper and consider your purpose in life. Is it to run your own company, keep up with your children, help the underserved or be a better spouse? Identifying how your new lifestyle will help you achieve these things is what will get you up at 5 a.m. or allow you to pass up your favorite dessert when necessary. Linking your new lifestyle to your passions makes a transformation permanent, not temporary. Successful transformers spend time peeling back the layers and determining why they really want to lose weight, to better understand who they really are inside!
4. Be the hero in your own movie.
Only you have the power to change you. One of the most important steps in any transformation is deciding to stop playing the victim role. Realizing you have the power to write your story is critical to achieving true transformation. Things do not happen TO you anymore; YOU create opportunities and direct your new life. You are empowered to choose what you will do and how you will react.
5. Pay it forward.
Successful transformers appreciate what they have been given and how their lives have changed for the better. They want to help others change their life and experience the power of transformation, and by doing this, they help themselves. It’s contagious!