Before starting a diet, we ask ourselves some questions. How did I ended up in this situation? Stress, obesity, depression, which cause was the first one? We are obsessed with these questions, the health or the lack of it, it is difficult to say which is the cause and which is the effect. What we clearly know is that each of us is facing one or more of them and we can see around us that we are not the only ones. Unfortunately, an illness doesn't have a single cause, all the psycho-emotional and physiological aspects being interconnected. We, as individuals, are not alone in this and through finding the proper information, we will discover a lot of examples regarding our kind, which have succeeded in their fight against excess of weight. So,we can also do it!

Oprah Winfrey, victory in the fight with excess weight

"I consider it a victory for someone who was an emotional eater! Even if I don’t lose another one kilo, I still feel fantastic", says Winfrey. "I’m not trying to be thin, I'm not trying to get a certain size! I'm just trying to be healthy and feel good in my body! Usually, every Christmas I would put on a few kilos. For me, keeping the same weight from before Christmas, even though the people in front of me are gobbling all types of food, I think this is a victory for someone who was an emotionally compulsive eater and struggled with extra kilograms all her life!" stated the American star.

Diet and water

One of the rules of diet that was hardly accepted by Oprah is regarding the water consumption. She admitted that she "doesn't like water very much", though she knows she should drink more. So she has reached to a compromise, which is the infused water and currently tricks herself, by adding some ginger or even a drop of vanilla. You can be even more creative! Water infused with fruits, such as oranges, strawberries, pineapple, lemon, raspberries, in combination with mint, for example, is delicious. The water is left to be infused for several hours and can be consumed all day! There are solutions, you only must be willing! 

3 x Things to Know Before Dieting!

You are not alone!

Most importantly, be aware of this! If others have done it, then it is possible. You've done things before which seemed impossible and you can do it again! Be inspired by Oprah’s story, as her fight with extra weight is famous. In addition, she is one of those women who can speak honestly about all the difficulties encountered and surpassed.

The rich have also problems with weight (not in gold!)

Another thing is that everyone faces this problem one way or another. No one is spared, whoever they are, no matter how rich or famous. It's good to remember this when you feel discouraged!

The reason why diets fail

Why? Because many do not take into account the emotional problem that triggered an unhealthy habit. We all faced compulsive eating when we were in a bad shape and run to the fridge, hoping that some ice cream or fried potatoes would ease our suffering, instead of choosing the right diet. And maybe so it was, at the moment. But the next day, sickened by junk food, we realise that the suffering is still there. And it asks for food again. 

Diet, weight loss and motivation

What upsets me and how do I want to be?

Look at yourself with honesty once and for all! Or at least start from today! What is my problem, ask yourself? What annoys me? Why do I suffer and I feel the need to comfort myself with food? What didn't I get? What do I crave for? What would I want different in my life? What do I dream of becoming? Why did I stop on the way? Answer these questions and reconcile with the life that brought you here at this very moment. Only then you can start changing and losing excess weight!

Am I able to imaginehow will I look at the end of this diet? 

It may seem easy, but the researchers found out that is not exactly like that. When asked about this, several women responded that they could not know the ideal weight, or how would they look like in the future, because they had never been there. I’m just telling you this, nor did the first astronauts had ever been to the Moon, but that didn't stop them from imagining it. Furthermore, if they hadn’t seen themselves there, they might not have gotten there. This is the advice. Imagine you are already there. How do you look, how do you feel, how many kilograms did you lost? It’s a pleasant and useful exercise! Don’t go around it!

The fact is that you can’t reach a goal if you can’t see it. It doesn't matter that you are not there yet, you must see the result with the mind's eyes! When you are able to imagine the goal of losing weight, sensing what you will feel then, you know that you can reach it and move on with conscious actions!  The trick is to motivate yourself to take the right path in the weight loss process, to make sure that you can see clearly where you are headed, and to include all the other steps needed to achieve your goal!

What can stand in the way of diet and weight loss? 

Take a pen and paper, don't answer the question in your head, because it won't work! Write on paper whatever comes to your mind, let your hand draw questions, ramifications, obstacles, any detail, memory, something that could block your path towards the goal. And this is a good exercise for any goal, not just the for struggle with kilograms. 

Don't worry that you forgot something or insisted too much on certain details. Nobody can cover everything. Repeat the exercise as many times you feel discouraged to move on. Just note what comes naturally to your mind, don't think too much about it. The simple awareness of some of the barriers could simply dissolve them. Some things last just because we can’t face them. Good luck with the start of a diet and on losing weight. 

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Text: Mihaela Moldoveanu