How To Lose Weight The Right Way (Without Fad Diets)

Jan 20, 2019

Dr. Ben Connolly

Dr. Ben Connolly


January is upon us which often means an onslaught of new years resolutions of which more than half will revolve around our own health encompassing nutrition, exercise and how to lose weight (ugh). While resolutions can often give us that kick start to make some changes in our own habits they often lack the follow through and ultimately, the results which we so desire. James Clear discusses resolutions in his book “Atomic Habits” and it is not the resolution that is the problem, but that a resolution focuses only on the end result and misses everything important which is required to get you to that end result which is the small changes in our daily habits which are required to achieve this resolution.

There are many ways to lose weight and most likely all of them work, at least for a period of time. However, there is only one correct way to lose weight. The healthiest way to lose weight is to live a healthy lifestyle which results in weight loss as a side effect and not as the goal. This slight change in your paradigm will have drastic effects on your overall health. By focusing on your quality of life, how you feel, how your brain functions throughout the day and how you digest food will result in your body shedding any excess weight without even trying.

So many of us focus on the wrong goal. The goal which society often tells us we should be focusing on. We see it while in line at the grocery store checkout, we see it while browsing our social media and reading the news. The soup diet which will have us lose 10 lbs in a week, or this weight loss tea which will have you losing weight without even trying. These fads and gimmicks all have us focusing on the wrong goal and not actually what is important.

If you want to lose weight the right way then start making small and meaningful habits which you do every single day. Stop snacking in the evening and replace it with a herbal tea. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Park at the end of the parking lot. Laugh and smile, even if you don’t feel like it. Stick a pencil between your teeth if you have to. Learn what real food looks like. Take a cooking class and truly learn to enjoy cooking.

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