First off, most of us have done neither. But the reason I bring it up has a lot to do with how we learn (or not) as adults.
It has been shown that up until about age 25 the human brain looks forward when learning a new skill.
Like when you were a toddler, you were curious about what it would take to walk, so you started practicing. You fell down a whole bunch of times, but you didn’t let that stop you, you got up and tried again. The same thing with first grade, second grade, 12th grade, etc. You had never done it before, but you got in there and figured it out by trial and error.
Then something different happens at about age 25. Us humans start to predict the future and what is possible by looking into our past to see what we have done before. We may incorrectly assume that just because we have dieted and failed that we will never be successful at losing the weight permanently, so we stop trying.
I’ve heard how long it takes the average person to learn to ride a unicycle, and I think it is something like a year. You would really have to want to learn that skill, because it is hard, and you are certain to fall a lot, get back up a lot, and practice a lot to be able to master it.
So why would you decide that losing weight permanently is impossible, when you could liken it to riding a unicycle. Sure, you have fallen off a bunch of times, and you have certainly learned what doesn’t work for you, but you could also rightly assume that you are getting closer and closer to mastering the skills it would take to make permanent changes and maintain your ideal weight.
Starvation, deprivation, and extreme amounts of exercise all work for a while but eventually are unsustainable for 99% of the population. So now that you have experimented enough to know that deep in your bones, what else is there?
How about looking at the problem with a new set of eyes. Could it be changing your mind about what is and isn’t possible is the first step?
Could doing a make-over on your mindset have profound results?
Evidence proves that just shifting the way you approach a problem yields mighty results.
Edison made more than a thousand attempts before he invented the lightbulb. He kept shifting how he went about it, because he had a deep-seated belief it was possible.
When you are ready to dust off your unicycle and have one last go at it, give me a call, and let’s do a free 20 minute mini session, and let me teach you a new strategy for finally attaining your goal of losing the weight for the last time, ever.