Are You “Rigorously Honest”?
Here’s a question: do you, always and everywhere, no matter what the circumstances, tell the truth?
Maybe you do, but I’m willing to be most people don’t. In some cases that’s not a bad thing necessarily: there is something called tact and common sense. We men know, for example that some answers have to be navigated carefully: “Does this dress make me look overweight” needs to be approached carefully when considering an honest response, for example .
Honesty in the game of weight loss is paramount. If we’re not honest with ourselves, we can’t hope to overcome our overweight issues. That’s because we need to be honest enough to admit we have a problem, and to admit to what kind of problem we actually have.
Then we need to be honest enough to keep ourselves accountable as we progress along our weight loss project. Are we doing the things we need to? All of them? Are we really eating according to plan? Are we perhaps cheating too much? These and many more questions we MUST be honest about if we’re to hope to gain any lasting results.
I’m a nutrition coach who also does personal training in Mississauga, Ontario. I offer programs that can be done face-to-face, over the phone, or via skype. I work out of my home and can supply all of your fitness training and weight loss needs. Today I want to talk about how honesty – especially honesty with yourself – impacts your ability to lose weight.
What Do I Need to Be Honest About?
First off, you need to identify – and accept – the type of problem eater you are. In my upcoming book “Where Winners Lose & Losers Win: PERMANENT Weight Loss Made Simple,” I explain Phil Werdell’s division of problem eater types.
Phil has identified 3 types of problem eaters, and his categories mesh well with my experience in working with people:
1. The “Normal Eater” who is overweight/obese
2. The “Emotional Eater” who may or may not be overweight/obese; and
3. The “Food Addict”
There are ways of diagnosing each of these. Once diagnosed, a person’s weight loss success will hinge on whether or not they accept their diagnosis. For example, the food addict who does not accept that they are food addicted will most likely continue to struggle if they are unwilling to eliminate addictive foods from their diet.
Acceptance of the truth requires rigorous self-honesty. Are you willing to accept your problem as it is, and work with it? Or will you continue trying to bargain with reality, or worse, remain in denial?
Second, after you’ve accepted your particular eating problem and the solution for it, daily honesty is now required to keep yourself accountable. What it comes down to is this, basically: are you doing everything you need to do to lose your weight? Really? Are you really eating exactly according to the plan? Or are you cutting corners? Are you bargaining with the plan, do you believe there are things in it you don’t need to do?
Honesty is the one of the key things that will get you to your goal. With respect to weight loss, the most important kind of honesty is self-honesty.
To help with self-honesty, you may want to engage an accountability partner to start your program with. One of my clients is currently in a challenge with her two sisters and a friend. They weigh together each week. They talk about what they’re doing. They remain accountable about their wins and their struggles. They’re honest with each other, and that helps them to be honest with themselves.
They’re succeeding because of it. Go ladies! It’s a lesson to all of us…accountability breeds honesty, honesty breeds self-honesty, and self-honesty powers a successful weight loss program.
It’s Hard to Do Alone
If accountability is the thing that ultimately helps to breed rigorous self-honesty, and if you don’t have anyone to be accountable to, you’ll need to find someone.
That can be a friend, a family member, a therapist, or a nutrition coach, like me. One of the most important services I provide my clients is keeping them accountable. I see them minimum 2x/week, and each time we work out and discuss their eating: challenges, wins, progress, struggles, everything.
Many find that having me there is the difference between success and failure.
If you think you might need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to meet you for a free consultation where we could diagnose your particular eating issue and come up with a solution together. I’d be happy to show you how I can help.
Remember: I was once 85 lbs overweight myself. I know what the journey is like. I lost my weight 13 years ago and have kept it off ever since. I have learned the secret of permanent weight loss, and I love teaching it to others.
Feel free to reach out to me by phone or text at 647-677-6025, or by e-mail at email@example.com. I’d be happy to discuss with you how I can help. Until then, stay happy and healthy!