Five Secrets to Weight Loss
by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
Weight loss – such a "big" topic! Every month another book is out by another expert on weight loss. Everyone wants to know
the secret to losing weight.
I certainly don't have THE secret, but I do have some secrets, and I want to share them with you
in the hope you find them helpful.
Weight used to be a major issue for me. Losing weight was never out of my thoughts, and
I can't tell you how many different diets, pills and programs I tried until I discovered some "secrets" that have worked for me
for many years now.
So here they are. I hope they work as well for you as they have for me.
1. Change your focus
from losing weight to achieving great health.
I grew up as a sickly child and I was a sickly young adult. I hated being
sick and never having energy to do all the things I wanted to do. So I decided to learn about what creates great health.
First I read tons of books on nutrition and became convinced that I needed to switch to organic foods. That was quite a challenge in
1961! There was one coop health food store that I had to follow around Los Angeles because it kept moving locations. But it was
worth it! My rule of thumb now is – if they didn't eat it 100 years ago, then I won't eat it now. This cuts out most
packaged and processed foods and leaves natural, organic food.
2. Learn to read your body signals regarding what
feels good to your body and what feels bad.
I no longer read about all the different diets because I've learned
to tune into MY body so that I know exactly what my body needs for great health. Since my body needs different things
than your body, no single food plan will work for everyone. Your job is to learn to tune into what gives you energy and
what robs you of energy, and what foods create calmness and which ones create agitation. Once I learned what my body needs
for great health, I lost weight and kept it off easily.
3. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy and that you can
do at least 5 times a week.
I discovered that I love to walk in nature, so I take a fast half-hour walk every day.
However, this can be a problem if you have physical limitations or chronic illness. Losing weight with chronic illness or
physical limitations is not impossible, but it can be a much bigger challenge.
4. Learn to discern which part of
you determines what and when you eat, as well as how much you eat.
We all have a wounded part of ourselves that
uses various addictions as ways to deal with feelings of loneliness, aloneness, helplessness, anxiety, depression, fear
and anger. Some people may use alcohol, drugs, spending, TV, gambling, sex, and so on to avoid their pain, while other
use food. While food may work to pacify painful feelings for the moment, in the long run all addictions backfire and
create the very pain you are trying to avoid. Yet our wounded self keeps choosing addictive behavior as a way of
managing pain. As long as the wounded part of you is making your food choices, you may continue to have a weight problem.
The part of us that is capable of managing painful feelings in healthy ways and making healthy choices is the
loving Adult. The loving Adult is the part of us that has a deep desire to learn about and take loving action in our
own behalf. Developing a loving Adult is a major aspect in creating health and wellbeing, as well as in losing
weight and maintaining a healthy weight.
5. Learn to connect with a spiritual source of wisdom, strength,
love and guidance.
The loving Adult is that part of us that is connected with a spiritual source of
guidance rather than being governed by the mind. The mind, bring programmed from childhood, is the home of the
wounded self. You are being a loving Adult at those moments when you choose to be guided by a source of wisdom
beyond your mind. This source will always guide you toward your highest good. You just need to learn to open
It is very likely that you will not only lose weight, but will also move into more physical
and emotional health and wellbeing if you embrace these "secrets" into your life. We offer you a free course
(see the resource box) to help you with developing your loving Adult. Once you have developed a powerful loving inner
Adult, you will be able to lose weight. If you really want to lose weight, there is a way!
Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-author of eight books, including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?" and "Healing Your Aloneness." She is the co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding healing process. Learn Inner Bonding now! Visit her web site for a FREE Inner Bonding course: http://www.innerbonding.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone sessions available.
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