You Either Succeed or Fail in Weight Loss by Being One of These Two Types of People

January 31st, 2019

For many, weight loss is a difficult struggle, often lifelong, that must be endured rather than experienced. They’ve been through the process many times. And the easy lifestyle that got them overweight, to begin with always seems so appealing in comparison. Yet for some at the opposite end of the scale, they decide to take a better outlook and path-one that ensures them success and keeps them fit and healthy for good. Just as it is with realizing success or failure in any worthwhile goal, there are really only two types of people — opportunists and strategists. One type leads to weight loss failure and the other creates success. Let’s explore each type more in-depth so you can choose which one you’d like to be (or see which one you already are) and what weight loss outcome you want to achieve.

A weight loss opportunist:

1) Believes that “now” isn’t the right time to live a healthy lifestyle, but “later” will be. Weight loss opportunists see daily living as an obstacle to, or motivation for, a fit body. They’ll either say or think…

“I’ll start eating right on Monday because I’ve got the big birthday party this weekend and I want to have fun.”

“I’ll enroll at the gym, but not until after the holidays because I’m too busy now.”

“The class reunion is in two weeks and I need to lose 20 pounds!”

“These long days at the office forced me to eat out all the time, and make it hard to lose weight!”

“Watching three kids all day makes it impossible to work out.”

“It’s been a long day and I don’t feel like cooking for the family, so I’ll pick up pizza and sodas on the way home from work.” “I’ve got to start dieting by March so I can look good for swimsuit season.”

And on it goes until the opportunist also…

2) Blames a lack of resources. You hear opportunists use this excuse all the time as — similar to point #1 — it places the blame or responsibility on someone or something else. They let you know they’re unemployed or short on cash, so they can’t afford healthy food right now; they’re short on time; they live with family members who don’t support their healthy lifestyle goals; they have friends that pressure them into making bad food choices; or their bad childhood experiences left them unable to make good lifestyle decisions; and the list goes on.

3) Obsesses with the outcome. Weight loss opportunists fixate on the end result and don’t enjoy the steps along the way. The successful business coach, Rich Schefren, calls this “destination disease.” Opportunists only see the start and the end. They aren’t able to see the journey between the two points. Therefore, it’s easy for them to stumble and eventually fail because they get easily sidetracked. Which leads to the next point, in that an opportunist…

4) Chases after quick fixes. Why are dieters gobbling up acai berry and diet pills by the handfuls these days? Because of both promise an almost instant fix — fast weight loss without any effort! Nevermind that none of these quick fixes actually work. Opportunists don’t ask the right questions when presented with promises of instantaneous results:

“Will, this pill or starvation diet give me permanent weight loss?”

“Will this quick fix really allow me to be thin while keeping my current lifestyle?”

“Will I have to take this pill, or count calories and measure portions, or drink this shake, for the rest of my life?”

“Is this honestly any good for my health and well-being?”

“Why don’t fit people have to take this pill or eat this processed diet meal to be thin?”

“If they don’t, then what do they do to be thin?

“Wouldn’t their way be better than popping pills, starving me, or eating the same old diet candy bar for the rest of my life?”

5) Undermines themselves when the quick fixes and other detrimental beliefs don’t work. Opportunists give in to pessimism, procrastinate on the things they need to do to lose weight, or usually give up entirely because their beliefs and decisions set them up for failure.

On the other hand, a weight loss strategist:

1) Has a clear vision for success. Weight loss strategists know that shortcuts don’t work and that eating quality foods and being active on a regular basis are the only ways to achieve effective weight loss. They aren’t easily sidetracked.

2) Understands that a healthy body is the byproduct of a lifetime of educating and challenging oneself. A strategic thinker does not believe for one second that they can lose their desired weight and then go right back to the poor eating and sedentary lifestyle that got them overweight, to begin with. They know that healthy living is a lifelong journey.

3) Realizes there will be roadblocks and detours along their journey. These roadblocks might translate to things like hitting a weight loss plateau or giving in to a binge eating session. It might be a temporary loss of enthusiasm, some negative thinking on a given day, or any number of relatively small things. Regardless, in the grand scheme, a strategic thinker understands these are but minor hurdles toward their eventual success, so long as they keep moving forward.

4) Embraces change. Strategists see detours as a challenge and learning experience, not an excuse to give up.

5) Is resourceful. They educate themselves, experiment and play with different foods and activities to see what their body responds best to. It’s a big puzzle that a strategist gets to piece together, all the while getting healthier by the day.

6) Understands that mistakes will be made. But because they grow in self-control and start to reorganize their priorities, and because they have a clear vision for success, strategic thinkers aren’t always making the same mistakes over and over again. They live and learn, grow stronger, and move on to the next challenge. Their mistakes tend to be new ones (and smaller as time goes on), therefore giving them more opportunity to grow.

Although this isn’t a comprehensive list of each personality type’s qualities, it at least gives you a good look at what it takes to be one or the other. Now, if you are to succeed in weight loss, isn’t it obvious you need to be a strategic thinker? And if you want to fail, then definitely become an opportunist. It’s your quickest path to not achieving your weight loss goals. Which type of person do you want to be? What outcome do you want?