Self-Discipline - the Key to Losing Weight

I believe, a weight loss program that stresses self-discipline is the best and safest way to lose weight.

Here are three examples of self-discipline in action:

1. John got out of bed, got dressed and went to work even though he felt like staying home and sleeping all day.

2. John came in from a long, hard day at work. Even though he was tired and wanted to go straight to bed, he stayed up late studying for a final school exam to be taken the next morning.

3. John showed-up feeling very hungry at his scheduled four o'clock doctor's appointment. John wanted to eat breakfast and lunch earlier that day but his doctor told him he needed to fast for a certain lab test.

As you can see discipline can be part of our everyday life. I just gave you three examples and I am sure you can think of more.

Take another look; at the three examples I gave you above.

Notice in all three examples John did something he did not feel like doing.

John did not feel like going to work but he did.

John did not feel like staying-up late to study but he did.

John did not feel like going all day without eating but he did.

The basic reason John practiced self-discipline in each case can be summed-up in one sentence: John wanted to be successful.

Let me explain…

In example one, if John had decided to stay home and not go to work he knew he would be in jeopardy of losing his job. (In John's sub-conscious mind losing his job would mean he was unsuccessful.)

In example two, John knew if he did not study that night, he would be in jeopardy of failing his school exam. (In John's sub-conscious mind, failing his school exam would mean he was unsuccessful.)

In example three, John knew if he did not fast he would be in jeopardy of getting a faulty lab test result. (In John's sub-conscious mind, getting a faulty lab test result would mean he was unsuccessful.)

Applying The Self-Discipline Concept To Weight Loss

Self-discipline is something we practice because it is a key characteristic to being successful.

Show me an individual who has lost weight and is successfully keeping it off and I guarantee, that individual is practicing self discipline within that weight loss program.

Growing-up I used to hear this term “If it feels good do it”! However do you know that is a very dangerous way to live? I can think of a lot of things in life that feels good but is not good for you. On the other hand I can think of a lot of things in life that does not feel good but is good for you. Can you?

I believe that, people who live by a “If it feels good do it,” attitude threaten the moral fabric of our society because they are denying a principle we all should live by… Self-discipline.

As you may know dieting in the United States, is a multi-billion dollar business. Right now, as you are reading this page, millions of overweight Americans are on some kind of weight loss program.

While many of these weight loss programs may help you lose weight my concern is how many dieters actually keep it off. In fact there is little published evidence that they do.

To me, the root of the problem is not the diet program. The root of the problem lies within the individual on the diet program. So if you want to lose weight and keep it off we need to work on “YOU”, because after all, you are the one who created your weight problem.

You are the one who have been overeating. You are the one that just could not pass-up that last piece of pie. You are the one who has not practiced self-discipline.

You are the one that did not listen to your doctor when he told you that you needed to lose 20 pounds. Now you are 50 pounds overweight. You are the one that has allowed food to become your master instead of the over way around.

Remember! The food did not fly out of your plate and into your mouth. You and only you made the decision to overeat.

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