You’ve probably tried a lot of diets. You may have been successful dropping a few pounds but probably gained them back and then some. At times, it feels like no matter what you eat, your body bloats and gains fat even if you just look at food. You know that there has to be an easier way to lose weight, especially given your determination and willingness to follow numerous diets and weight-loss plans. Yet you haven’t figured it out. There must be something you’re missing because excess weight is an ongoing issue for you. You’re not alone. The vast majority of dieters who lose weight will gain it all back within three to five years. As a result, they become frustrated and never achieve their desired weight-loss goal. The purpose of this book is to equip dieters with the most overlooked factors in dieting: the mental strategies required for permanent weight loss. Dieters know there is more to weight loss than “eat less and exercise,” and this book will provide the missing piece they need to win at weight loss once and for all. As a weight-loss expert who has written three bestselling books and developed a weight-loss system known as DHEMM, I have helped dieters lose over two million pounds in two years. In so doing, I have realized that the most important, yet most overlooked, factor for permanent weight loss is mental mastery. Dieters need the mental fortitude to stay the course and finish strong. According to market research, Americans spend over $60 billion trying to lose weight every year. However, given the rising obesity rate, there is no evidence suggesting that dieting makes people healthier or thinner. In fact, statistics show that 90 percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it back within three to five years. If people don’t overcome the mental challenge of weight loss, they will struggle with weight their entire life. This is particularly detrimental because repeated dieting causes a cascade of negative psychological consequences as well. Few books reveal the most important factor for permanent weight loss: how to create a permanent shift in thoughts, feelings, habits, and behaviors. Most diets can bring about short-term weight loss, but if they don’t address the spiritual or emotional issues tied to behavior, permanent weight loss will be an ongoing challenge. You have to get to the root cause of why you’re overweight.
Being overweight is not a crime. It doesn’t devalue who you are as a person. However, weight can affect your health and overall quality of your life. It can affect almost every area of your life, including your career and personal relationships. It can affect your ability to enjoy activities with your kids. It can affect the opportunities you get on the job. It can affect the quality of mate you are able to attract and date. If you have found the quality of your life negatively impacted by your weight, make the decision to get to a healthy weight and do it. Don’t think of losing weight as just a number on the scale. When you say you want to lose weight, what you’re really saying is that you want to live a long, healthy life and enjoy your kids and grandkids. When you say you want to lose weight, you are saying you want to look in the mirror and love what you see and be proud of your body. When you say you want to lose weight, you are saying you want to live life to the fullest.
There are numerous diets on the market that yield different results for different people. Advocates of the green smoothie cleanse, which I developed and which focuses on fast, healthy weight loss, have lost over two million pounds. Other plans focus on less carbs, more protein, but you have to be careful with the weight-loss plan you choose as some will help you not only to lose fat, but muscle as well. However, you want to maintain muscle mass as it will increase your strength and cause you to burn more fat, even while your body is at rest. So the first thing to do is to choose the most effective weight-loss program for you, while also focusing on the mental and behavioral changes required for long-term success. You have to decide you’re done with dieting, which only results in temporary weight loss; your goal is permanent weight loss. The problem with dieting is that it doesn’t help most people transition to a healthier lifestyle.
With my mental mastery approach, you will have to form new habits and maintain consistency. Consistency becomes the evidence of true behavioral change. It is an approach focused not on what to eat or how much exercise to get but rather on changing daily habits that will improve both mind and body. This is a timeless solution that will help you achieve your weight-loss goals for a lifetime. Your weight is a result of current and past habits. So, logically, a different set of habits and behaviors will create a different result. You can learn a new set of habits, which will serve as the foundation for healthy living—not to stick to a diet but to live a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime. This is not to say that you will never regain some weight—there are many lifestyle factors (like having a baby, hormonal imbalances, stress) that cause weight gain. However, you will have the foundation for modifying and creating new habits to ensure you maintain a healthy body weight. Establishing new habits will ensure consistent action over time. Most of the diet and nutrition books on the market only focus on what to eat and what not to eat. Few books focus on why we struggle with our weight and eating habits. Most people have enough understanding of what to eat, so this book is intended to serve as the complementary piece to your diet to ensure that you can create lasting change and get to your goal weight. This book will help you transform not only your body but your mind as well. You will have an improved relationship with food. You will learn how to maintain a healthy body and have great energy through positive daily habits.