If you can commit to making lasting changes in several aspects of your live — not just isolated changes to diet and exercise — you will be more successful in losing weight and keeping it off.

Start by honestly assessing any imbalances or trouble spots in your life, and pay attention to the interactions between various sectors such as work, home, relationships and money.

My experience as a weight loss coach is if one area of your life is distinctly unhappy or out of balance, it will tend to create problems in other areas of your life that may, in turn, inhibit weight loss.

For example, if you’re working long hours on the job, your stress level will probably rise, leaving you more vulnerable to cravings for unhealthy foods. Plus, you’ll be short on time to shop and cook, eat well, and exercise. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you could throw your metabolic system out of whack — increasing hormones, like ghrelin, that trigger hunger.

To achieve healthy, sustainable weight loss, you need to address the underlying patterns and lifestyle behaviours that may have predisposed you to gaining weight in the first place. The following questions might help you identify the trouble spots in your life:

Are you leading the life of a healthy, active person? Do you have the interests, priorities and passions of a healthy person? What positive changes or areas of learning do you think might make the biggest difference?

Do you have enough sources of healthy pleasure, meaning, creativity and joy in your life?

Are you aware of any lifestyle habits or addictions (eating, drinking, skipping sleep, overspending, overworking, watching TV, people-pleasing) that are absorbing your energy or holding you back?

What things are taking up an excess of your time and focus?

Do you have a variety of fun, relaxing or exciting opportunities to move and use your body throughout the day and week?

Are you surrounding yourself with other healthy and motivated people?

My recommendation is to get help when you need it: If you aren’t making progress, get some expert help. You may have an underlying health condition or another unaddressed obstacle that requires support.

Click the button below and book a free health discovery call. I stand for transformation and want to support you to be the best you can be. Together we can design a healthy sustainable lifestyle.

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