Is this picture what you expected from someone talking about weight loss? It’s the Holidays. I am having fun. This picture is me enjoying sinfully wonderful homemade ice cream and TWO just out of the oven chocolate chip cookies.
How could I be achieving my weight loss goals eating like this!
Lose weight, have fun
One of the key breakthroughs in my Boomer Generation Diet research is that having fun is critical to achieving sustained weight loss. Why?
Because stress is as much a reason why we gain weight as the food we eat or the amount of exercise we have.
Who wants to diet during the Holidays? NO ONE! Trying to do so creates all sorts of stress. We feel left out like a third wheel while others are partying. We are frustrated by the temptation to join the fun. We end up hating our diet. Maybe even ourselves.
I approach the Holidays with the hope of having fun. I know I am going to add weight. My experience is that I gain about three pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.
That type of weight gain could be depressing if you measure yourself on a daily or even weekly basis. But here is another key step in the Boomer Generation Diet weight loss plan. STOP WEIGHTING YOURSELF!
What? Stop getting on the scale to measure your performance? Yes!
The key to sustained weight loss is to measure what you are doing, not what you weigh.
During the Holidays I still play in a way that enables weight loss. I love to ride my mountain bike. I work hard at finding the time to ride during the Holidays.
I have a diet consisting of good for me food that I think tastes great. I still follow this diet. But this time of year I add ice cream, cookies and pumpkin pie with whip cream.
Most importantly, I am adding a LOT OF FUN to what can be a stressful time of the year. I can relax about what I eat during the Holidays because I know my Boomer Generation Diet lifestyle will enable me to lose a pound or two each month. That may seem like a small number but over a year that, for me, means losing about 10 pounds. (Of course, now that I am at my BMI weight target from following the Boomer Generation Diet, my weight loss goal is to maintain what I have achieved plus lose another couple pounds.)
Friends are key to weight loss success
Don’t we all love I Love Lucy! Lucy and Ethel have that fun, crazy friendship we all wish we had. There is a really valuable weight loss secret in their story.
Friends make a difference, especially in weight loss.
Research documents that being part of a weight loss team increases weight loss success. That says to me, don’t go on this journey alone. Most especially during the Holiday Season.
The Holidays are a time of friendship and fellowship. Why not make it so for your weight loss journey?
The path for doing so is to engage through candor and questions. Be candid with your friends. They want to know your feelings. It will help you and them if you share your stress over trying to lose weight turning the Holidays.
Ask them questions about how they are handing the Holidays. Start a dialogue of sharing and understanding. Seek to create a support group that enables your goal for both weight loss and having fun.
Friendship is as important to sustained weight loss as what you eat and exercising.
Think work out buddies. Find friends who will walk with you. Who will run with you. Or do whatever exercise you think is more like play than work. Doing so will be fun. You will do it more because it is fun. You will reduce your stress. You will be on the path to sustained weight loss.
This Holiday Season get outside the diet box that has failed us so many times.
This is The Boomer Generation Diet’s formula for sustained weight loss:
About the author
Bill Roth is a clean tech pioneer who led the team that launched the first hydrogen fueled Prius. He is a featured contributor on Triple Pundit and Latin Business Today. His book, The Secret Green Sauce, has been used by thousands of business people to implement proven green best practices that make money and a difference. Bill’s latest book, The Boomer Generation Diet, is his personal story on how to achieve sustained weight loss while still having fun and living more. The book’s ten customizable best practices are the sustainable solutions to our national weight crisis that threatens our health and medical cost bankruptcy.