Let's face it, diets often fail badly because we get bored and feel as though we are living in a straight jacket. So with that in mind I wanted to share 10 unusual ways to help you lose weight and keep it off for the long haul.
Looking at the success of fad diet books alone, we might convince ourselves we need to lose weight- and... fast! It's always Fast! Here, I'd like to use some of the findings in cognitive neuroscience and the neurobiology of eating behavior to address, specifically, why fad diets don't work.
Today's topic is not about the low carb diet, weight watchers or the 5:2 diet. All these diets and many more work and they are popular within those seeking quick results. But they have something in common; they are based on prohibiting certain healthy foods or limiting the daily calorie intake.
I used to say to myself: "When I feel comfortable in my own skin, then I'll be happy"; "When I feel comfortable in my own skin, then I'll get the job I really want." But everything I was doing in my life was sabotaging my goal for ever reaching that place, plus I know now how backwards my thinking was.
It was 3am and three hours before my alarm was due to go off. I managed to get back to sleep, but there was no doubt that when the alarm went off the nervous anticipation would return. This was to be no ordinary day.
Whether it be a diet or a health kick, improving your personal best at running or walking or simply identifying how you would like your life to be in a years time these hopes and dreams are the stuff that life is made of otherwise we just stagnate.
Transferring just one of your weekly workouts to the outdoors can bring a new edge to your routine, introducing a sense of adventure and stimulating an adrenalin boost. It can take you back to thoughts of endless hours spent running about playing and exploring when you were young but more importantly it lets you enjoy your body again.
Years ago, I worked for a charity that was linked to a major chocolate manufacturer. One of the perks of the job was a staff shop, where chocolate was available at a considerable discount. I learnt very quickly that it was a very bad idea for me to go to the shop, because I didn't save money, I just bought more chocolate. And I ate it.
As time goes on, I know for a fact that I will be congratulated on how well I look and how slim I have become and be told I have done well, but the minute that it is known that I have cost the NHS in the region of £8,000 people's opinion of this weight loss will change.
I know I'm not the only one who finds it frustrating that a man simply has to decide to lose weight and it drops off (or so it appears), while so many women have a constant battle with their weight - struggling to lose a few pounds, only to then end up gaining it all back!
I was persuaded that a human's genetic programming was implemented during a period in time where carbohydrates and sugars were not readily available. As such, the fact that they are so prevalent today plays a major role in the obesity epidemic.
I want them to have such a desirable goal they are compelled to achieve it. It's this kind of motivation that creates action. It's this kind of motivation that causes my clients to do the simple things necessary to achieve their weight loss goals.
Being one of life's overweight people who are unfortunate enough to be regarded as Morbidly Obese, I am regularly belittled and derided for my size. Even when a trip to a medical establishment looks likely to be on the cards - somewhere a person should be safe from such things.
The low rent therapist may be so bad bringing little experience, little evidence of success, and little evidence of professional achievement. In fact these kind of therapists are so bad that they can potentially do you more harm than good.
We often think that dieting or restricting our food intake will solve our weight and food battles, and that willpower and strict discipline are key to achieving results. When I battled with food, I defined slip-ups as failures and the 'slim' clothes in my wardrobe were a constant reminder of my shortcomings.
Britain is far from healthy. In fact, one in four Britons are classified as obese, but I think it is safe to say we are all painfully aware of the problem; a survey recently reported that women will go on twice as many diets in their lifetime than they will have lovers.