The Thing You’ve Never Tried to Lose Weight in The New Year

You’ve seen the headlines; it is January after all…

New Year! New You!

The seduction of a new year is enough to commit an already overwhelmed person into ten new tasks without the bat of an eye.

Unfortunately, human beings don’t like to add more to their overloaded plate and the “new you” will disappear faster than January. 

Or should I say fortunately?

Instead of vowing to add new habits this January, how about eliminating some? 

Sound like the worst idea of the century? Let me elaborate…

Working in the world of weight loss I see countless people vowing to exercise more, eat less, cut out the sugar, the carbs; the <insert this year’s enemy here>.

Nevermind that these people ended last year with an already full plate.

Nevermind that these people were already tired, whether it be actual physical exhaustion or a version of mental, emotional or spiritual exhaustion. 

Nevermind that deprivation of foods (even if you like the idea of not eating them) is a one-way ticket to bingeing, weight gain, and irrationality towards food.

None of it matters because we are riding the willpower train into January with a vengeance and cannot be stopped… for a while anyway. 

This year has to be different. 

What can you take off your plate this year?

Instead of adding the task of weight loss to your plate, let’s take off one or all of the following:

  • Obsessing over every roll, curve, or dimple
  • Ruminating about what you should or should not eat
  • Beating yourself up for not exercising when you “should” have
  • Or how about the entire task of weight loss altogether?

Now, I know what you are thinking… Michelle, you are a weight loss coach, why on earth would you tell people to stop trying to lose weight?

Let me clarify….

Your body has a built-in automatic homeostatic regulator that monitors how much food and movement is required for you. 

If you move less, it will automatically adjust how much food it requires. 

If you eat more, it will automatically send a signal for discomfort, a digestive symptom, or even an increase in whatever it needs to process that excess food like a walk, a nap, etc.

The problem is this…

We are so busy buzzing around trying to monitor our food, force ourselves to exercise, look perfect, and never appear to struggle that we are completely missing all the answers that are right in front of us.

Your body already knows how to be at its ideal size. 

There is nothing you need to DO…. yet…

Because until you slow down, take a step back, and listen, you are throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping it sticks. And it’s why so many people fail to lose weight permanently and find themselves with the same new year’s resolution year after year. 

Once you and your body are on the same page (and it doesn’t take very long if you focus on this), then it will tell you what to do every step of the way.

At the end of the day, you cannot control your weight loss. 

You can manipulate it, for a while.

But as you know, manipulation is not a healthy way to approach a relationship with anyone or anything. 

It works, for a while. But with major consequences.

So this year, do less. 

Take a step back, breath, and connect to your body.

Connect to people.

Connect to the world.

Look beyond your body.

And if you want someone to walk you step-by-step through the process of never dieting again while permanently attaining your ideal body, I just so happen to be that person.

Happy to chat with you and see if I can help you out. 

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About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie Thompson is a recovered binge eater who turned her binge eating around and even got featured in Shape Magazine helping a woman lose weight in “My Weight Loss Diaries". She helps women end the battle of binge and overeating, fall in love with movement, and finally lose the weight permanently. A veteran weight loss coach for almost ten years, she is a Ph.D. student in Health Psychology and has three published books, the most recent titled, "Have Your Cake and Be Happy Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss”.