What if I’m not resistant to weight loss? What if what I’ve been telling myself for over 20 years isn’t true? What if changing my mindset about how I feel about myself is all I ever really needed? These are the things I’ve been pondering for the last few months.

I work with hundreds of people who are trying to reach their weight loss goals. My own personal experience with this makes it easier to talk to clients about their struggles and it helps them that I can relate.

Many practitioners target weight loss because it’s an ever-growing market. Promises of rapid weight loss, miracle pills that support fat loss and the ‘next big thing’ are enticing but are they safe and effective in the long run? After the initial few months or the following year, will you still have the results you initially obtained? Will you be satisfied with your eating plan? Will you have slowed down your metabolism because you were too restrictive? Or will your brain be exhausted from chronic worry about what you should and shouldn’t be eating?

One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that if you decrease calories and increase exercise that you will automatically lose weight. This is false. I see a lot of people who don’t eat enough. That in itself wrecks your metabolism and makes it nearly impossible to lose weight. The type of exercise you are doing also makes a difference.

My revelation came when I realized that perhaps I still wasn’t doing enough. So here are the changes I made:

1) I joined a gym.  I’ve always loved exercise.  I was an athlete in high school and was good at sports. As an adult, it keeps my brain working and improves my mood. Power Train Sports and Fitness has made a HUGE difference in my life. The programs they offer are outstanding. One-on-one strength training  plus the option of boot camp style classes (which are super fun!). The advantages of strength training are numerous! You check them out here.

2) I ditched my scales. They are nothing but psychological sabotage. I see this time and time again with my clients. It is not the only way to measure results!

3) I hired a nutritionist. My diet is good. I splurge once a week. I rarely drink alcohol. I try to keep carbs at a minimum. So what am I doing wrong? My nutritionist recommended that I increase my activity level to 60-90 minutes A DAY and that I EAT MORE FOOD. It’s awesome to have an outsider look at what I’m doing so I can make the necessary changes to meet my goals.

4) I am working on letting go of what my expectations are when it comes to my diet. Simplifying, so I’m