A client of mine told me the other day that she had been very busy at work, and felt like she hadn’t had the time to focus on her weight loss programme.
I told her what I am about to tell you:
With any other weight loss programme, I can believe that a lack of time would interfere with your ability to follow the programme. After all, with most diets, you are expected to completely change what you eat. And this means lots of work. When work gets busy, it’s hard to maintain the new routine. This is a large part of why most diets fail. The first sign of trouble (life get’s busy) and they are often discarded. (This is often accompanied by guilt on the part of the person, thinking there is something wrong with them for not being able to stick to the diet).
But that is the beauty of a behavioural approach. With behavioural weight loss therapy you don’t need time. You don’t need to do much at all.
In fact, I could break it down to two activities (aside from seeing me each week):
1. Keep your food diary
2. Think about things before you eat them
Food diaries take a few minutes to fill out each day.
Thinking about what you are eating takes a few seconds.
You don’t need to re-stock your fridge.
You don’t need to drive around town to different supermarkets to find a whole new bunch of ingredients.
You don’t need to learn new recipes.
You don’t need to use military planning to map out your meals for the week.
You don’t need to weigh food or count calories.
I’m often hesitant to mention how little time this programme takes, because it sometimes seems too good to be true. But “them’s the facts”.
Changing behaviour requires focus and attention. It requires staying committed to maintaining the changes, which can sometimes be difficult (which is why people see me to help them).
But the one thing it doesn’t require is large amounts of time.
My client has been having a busy time at work, and part of the problem was not being able to make it regularly to appointments which really does affect focus. This programme works, but you need to turn up!
Of course, having a busy time at work is often a trigger for people struggling and then giving up. But not on this programme. We anticipate difficulties and we certainly don’t let them get in the way of achieving the goal. My client accepted that sometimes life would get in the way, and we re-emphasised the progress she has made so far. Happily, she has a clear run for the next couple of months, so she will be able to attend the weekly sessions. We should see some good progress here on in.
Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan (Dr. K) is a medical doctor, weight loss expert and author of the best-selling book, “Slim and Healthy without Dieting”. He provides individual consulting programmes for people wanting to lose weight without dieting. Try his 7 Day “How to Lose Weight without Dieting” Email Course for FREE at www.doctorkweightloss.com
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