Natural Weight Loss a Stunning Success Story
Natural Weight Loss a Stunning Success Story
I have a cousin who went from being morbidly obese for many years, to a mere 165 pounds in a few short years. His weight loss was not dramatic, it was not chemically induced with diet pills, and he sure did not follow any of the many diet program out there. He never did Atkins, or Slimfast or JennyCraig, or any such thing, but he did achieve his weight loss goal. His, was a natural weight loss that was consistent and sustained.
But What Was The Secret Behind His Weight Loss Success?
Before we talk about that, let’s talk about where he came from first. I remember very well, how in the heydays of his morbid obesity, we would go to the buffet (he loved food) and he would pile up as high as he could, and make 2, 3 or even 4 refill trips. He would chide me about being afraid of food and too skinny and would sincerely encourage me to stack up. But I was never big with food, and to some degree even afraid as he said. I would look at the food and imagine how all that would sit in my stomach and cringe. But that was those days. I eat a little more now.
Going back to the secret of his resounding natural weight loss success, the secret is that there is no secret. There is nothing that he did that we all do not know or can not do. But he has one thing that some of us do not have and that is a burning desire to loose weight. But desire alone is not enough. Faith without works is dead faith. Desire without effort is wishful thinking and of no effect.
The good news is that he did not have to turn his world upside down and inside out in order to loose weight. He only had to make some adjustments, two to be exact. He changed his eating habit, and injected some exercise into his daily routine and that is it.
Whereas he would previously load up on anything that was set before him, now he did his eating with reason and in moderation, carefully choosing foods higher in fiber. And instead of his usual multiple refill trips at buffets, now he makes just one trip, and if he has to make another trip, he sticks to the veggies and fruits. He also reduced his soda consumption and instead drinks water for the most part.
To complement the change in his diet, my cousin thought it would be helpful to inject some exercise into his daily routine. He did not have to do anything dramatic like jugging 15 miles every morning or lifting 300 lbs, 50 times every evening. No. He simply got himself a nice little stationary bike and rode 10 to 15 minutes every morning while watching the news and the weather, and on those evenings when he was not too tired.
What was his motivation and how did he sustain it?
I am glad you asked. You know how they say “People don’t change until the pain of remaining the same become too great”. My cousin, on one of his annual visits to his doctor, was suddenly faced with the prospect of early death form stroke or heart attack due to high blood pressure if he does not embark promptly on a weight loss program to reduce his weight. Needless to say that he did not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that he needed to make the right changes to his diet.
But considering his love for food, I was concerned about his ability to make any meaningful changes in his diet that would ring the kind of weight loss that his doctor was recommending. I was certainly wrong as he soon shattered every concern that I had.
At first, it seemed nothing was happening, but over time, I could see the weight coming off as the weeks turned into months and months into years. This is about his fifth year and he has reached a healthy weight of about 165 pounds considering his height and still holding strong. We could almost wear the same size clothes now.
And to the many out there, desiring to loose weight, my question is “What is your motivation for weight loss? What is it that will keep you in check when the temptation is to do that which you know is inimical to your weight loss goal, and everything in you says forget it? In my humble opinion, I think it would take something pretty compelling to keep your desire alive. For my cousin, it was the instinct to live.
Whatever it is for you, it must be strong enough to “take captive”, to borrow Apostle Paul’s language, “every imagination, every thought contrary” to your weight loss goal and bring them under subject to that goal.
Weight Loss Lesson To Be Learned
What are the weight loss lessons to be learned from this success story? I believe there are a few lessons to be learned here. Some of the lessons are:
1. That weight loss can be achieved on your own, without resorting to any dramatic stunts in order to loose weight.
2. That you can not continue to do the same things and expect weight loss to happen.
3. That diet change is a big part of any successful weight loss plan.
4. That you must have a compelling reason why you want to loose weight and keep that reason close to heart.
5. That you can loose weight naturally without diet pills.
6. That your success story must be written by you.
Good luck with your natural weight loss program and remember, watch your diet, make wise food choices, inject a little exercise into your routine, keep moving and keep your weight loss plan and motivation close to heart.