For over 15 years now I’ve been an ultra-busy entrepreneur with a part-time fascination with advanced nutrition, health and weight loss strategies.
I’ve studied, experimented with, and tried out virtually every popular diet out there.
Except for a few exceptions, I have also lost anywhere from 10 – 40 lbs of weight each time I tried one of these various diets.
The only challenge is that I’ve always gained the weight back.
Well, funny enough most diet books or programs out there will say something like “Oh, that’s because diets don’t work. What you need is a ‘lifestyle change’.”
Right… and then they proceed to give you THEIR DIET plan which is supposedly better then anything else out there, but they label it as a “lifestyle change“, and not a “diet“.
I’m sorry, but I’m not 3 years old… you can’t trick me into following what clearly is a DIET, simply by labeling it with a different name that sounds more fun like a “lifestyle change” or a “health program” – LOL.
Here’s the truth that I’ve discovered about diets, after being on close to a dozen different ones…
DIETS DO WORK!
If you look at every single person out there who has lost weight, or gotten in the best shape of their life, they’re following some sort of diet that is usually (but not always) healthier than people who are overweight or obese.
So you can’t say that diet’s don’t work, when that’s obviously not true.
Trying to form a belief like “diets don’t work” which is based on a lie, just so that you don’t have to take responsibility for the way your body looks and feels will not help you.
It’s much better to embrace the truth, and to take 100% responsibility for your body and to stop blaming diets.
The reason I’m currently overweight is NOT because the diets that I’ve been on didn’t work.
The reason I’m currently overweight is because I STOPPED FOLLOWING those diets after losing the weight that I wanted to lose, and so I gained the weight back.
So a more accurate statement of truth would be “Diets do work, and produce the specific results that they were designed to deliver, if they are followed.”
I mean it’s common sense.
Besides my own experience, I know dozens of other people who have lost weight over the years and gained it back.
While they followed the diets that they were on, they swore by them and constantly spoke highly of them saying “This diet really works! I already lost 30lbs!”
However, six months later or a year later they gained the weight back and then they would say “Yeah, that diet didn’t work…I gained the weight back.”
But hang on a second, did they continue to follow the diet the same way as when they were losing weight and somehow ended up gaining the weight back while still being on the diet?
They STOPPED the diet, and THEN they gained the weight back.
So it’s not that the diet doesn’t work…it’s just that it doesn’t work if you stop following it!
So the real question is not so much whether certain diets work, but rather why do we stop following diets…
Why We Stop Following Diets and Gain the Weight Back
One of the most challenging things about my health and fitness for me has been trying to figure out why I lose weight on various different diets and weight loss plans that I’ve been on, and then go right back to gaining the weight back.
It’s not an easy thing to lose 30 lbs or 40 lbs of fat or more, so why go through that process only to then gain it all back?
This is a question that I’ve spent a LOT of time contemplating.
I’ve already invested over a decade of my time and energy into studying nutrition and diets and weight loss, and testing various different methods for losing weight…
… and to be completely honest, it is NOT difficult for me to lose weight.
I know exactly what things I need to do in order to change my body composition and to lose the excess fat that’s hanging around my belly right now.
I’ve done it many times, and I have total confidence that I can do it again.
But the REAL question that I’ve been fascinated with more recently is how to NOT gain the weight back!
That’s the real million dollar question, as far as I’m concerned.
I believe that the answer to that question somewhat depends on the individual person, as I don’t believe that all people are internally motivated the same way.
We each have a different set of beliefs and values that we live our lives by, and so the reasons why one person stops following a diet might be totally different than the reasons why another person stops following a diet.
However, at the core of the issue is one simple truth.
The reason we stop following diets is because they don’t align with our core beliefs and our highest values.
Here’s what I mean by that…
Throughout the various weight loss journey’s that I’ve been on I noticed a pattern that would emerge in my life when I’ve gone on the different diets.
Two main things would happen…
#1 – My Business / Income Would Suffer
For the most part, I have usually gone on diets and weight loss programs that last around 30-90 days and I’ve lost upwards of 40+ lbs on those diets.
I used various different methods and diets over the years and have actually become more and more effective in losing weight faster and more efficiently.
However, the pattern that I started to notice is that when I would go on these diets for 30-90 days, and my weight would start to drop, some weird circumstances would happen in my businesses that would result in my business income also going down.
In fact, by the time I would usually be in the last part of my weight loss plan, withing a few pounds of reaching my goal weight, my business would be in such a dire need of my attention that I would be in this state of mind where I didn’t really care about the weight loss anymore and I just want to get it over with and reach my goal so that I can stop focusing on that and focus back on my business.
The first few times this happened, I just thought it was bad luck or co-incidence, but after it started to happen again and again I realized that it’s a pattern.
And when this pattern would emerge I would then go back to focusing most of my energy on getting my business back to running smoothly, with the intention of going back to focusing on my weight loss / health when my business stabilizes.
However, in most cases by the time I would get my business back and running smoothly, I had already gained the weight back especially with the added stress of having a business that’s in trouble.
This made me realize that ENTREPRENEURS have a different set of values from other people, and in a lot of ways our businesses are one of our highest values because we believe in changing the world so much, and we have this desire to help other people so much that even our own health takes a secondary focus if our highest values are jeopardized.
The second pattern I realized was…
#2 – My Ability to Manifest Things in My Life Would Suffer
The other pattern that I began to notice throughout the various different weight loss journey’s I’ve been on is that my ability to manifest positive things in my life, using the laws of the Universe such as the Law of Attraction, would diminish while on a diet.
Meaning, as a practitioner of the Law of Attraction for many years, I have gotten used to a certain FLOW in my life where I can manifest pretty much anything I set my mind to and the minute I set my focus on something, it’s like the Universe aligns itself to help me achieve my goals.
Certain people, situations, resources and events seem to flow into my life, as if by magic, to help me achieve what I want.
However, when I’ve gone on various diets in the past, I’ve found that my capacity to manifest has diminished!
Once you become good at manifesting things in your life, you kind of get used to it, and so when that ability is diminished it starts to drive you nuts.
And that is exactly what I started to notice when I would go on the various diets I have been on.
It’s as if by reducing my body weight by 20%, I also reduced my ability to manifest by 20% or more!
I believe there are a few main reasons for this which I’ll get into in future blog posts, and as I experiment with different strategies, but at the core of the issue I think it boils down to one thing.
If we are on a diet or weight loss program which causes us to align ourselves with the energies of LACK and UNWORTHINESS when it comes to our food, then we will manifest more of those types of energies in every area of our lives.
Meaning, for example, if I think about having a certain type of food and my mind goes into a pattern of thinking that goes something like “I want to eat this, but I’m not allowed” or “I can’t have everything I want” or “I don’t want to eat this but I have to because it’s good for me“, then those types of thoughts tend to produce feelings of LACK and UNWORTHINESS and when we vibrate with those energies, we attract more of that in every area of our lives.
Having these realizations that every diet I’ve been on has produced these two undesirable effects on my entrepreneurial endeavors and my ability to manifest, I’ve decided to create a new diet / lifestyle program that I’m calling the Manifesting Body Diet.
Manifesting Body Diet
Whenever I create a new concept or process or system for myself, I like to give it a name or a label of some sort so that it’s easier for me to build a framework around it and also to attract new ideas, concepts, and resources to help me expand the idea.
So as a starting point, I’ve decided to call my new program the Manifesting Body Diet.
I’m going to design the Manifesting Body Diet around two main criteria that it must take into account.
#1 – It Must Support My Entrepreneurial Lifestyle
Unlike previous diets and weight loss programs that I’ve been on, the Manifesting Body Diet has to be designed around the concept that my diet, health and fitness program has to SUPPORT and improve my ability to be successful with my entrepreneurial endeavors, not take away from them.
Because I am an entrepreneur at heart, and one of my highest values is being an entrepreneur, and having a positive impact on the world, if my diet and fitness programs are at odds with my highest values, they’ll never last.
Yes, they might work short term, but if for example losing weight gets in the way of me achieving my business goals, then I’ll have to constantly be in this mental battle of trying to decide whether I should do what I know I’m supposed to do according to the diet or weight loss program that I’m on, or whether I should do what I know needs to be done in order for my business to thrive.
And when you enter into a battle with yourself like that, your highest values will almost always win.
And that is why I’ve always been able to lose weight short term for a few months, but then as soon as my business needed my attention, I would abandon my weight loss program to put my energy in that direction instead.
So one of the primary focuses of the Manifesting Body Diet program will be that it must support and align with my entrepreneurial goals and aspirations.
#2 – It Must Support and Enhance My Ability to Manifest
The other aspect of my new diet program is that it must support and ideally even enhance my ability to manifest using the Law of Attraction and the other Universal laws.
Meaning, by putting time and energy into creating and following the Manifesting Body Diet, my ability to manifest what I want in my life has to go UP and not DOWN.
Although it’s not always easy to quantify or somehow track or gauge our ability to manifest things in life, because there are a lot of moving parts to the formula and not everything that we want to manifest comes about instantly, there is one way to know on a moment by moment basis if you’re aligned with your highest ability to manifest what you want in your life.
By being aware of and tracking how you feel throughout the day.
When we are in full alignment with the Universe and our ability to manifest our dreams and desires is at it’s best, we FEEL GOOD…
Well, more accurately we feel great!
The side-effect (if you can call it that) of being in full alignment with our manifesting abilities just happens to be that we feel good or great in our lives.
So for example, if I was to implement some sort of weight loss strategy that was supposedly proven to produce rapid fat loss results, but by following that strategy it put my in a state of feeling horrible, even if I was losing weight by following this strategy, I would stop following it.
In other words, the purpose of the Manifesting Body Diet is NOT to find the most scientifically accurate and most efficient way to shed excess fat off my body while at the same time feeling like crap, and being miserable, and trying to tough it out… in fact it’s going to be almost the exact opposite of that.
The purpose of the Manifesting Body Diet will be for me to be able to lose weight, while also at the same time FEELING GOOD throughout my days, and having no reason to even look forward to stopping being on the diet, because it feels good, and I enjoy it, and it’s also producing the desired weight loss effect that I want, so why would I ever stop?
Starting the Manifesting Body Diet Today
Even though this diet and lifestyle program is pretty much just at it’s infancy stages as I write this blog post, I am officially starting this new diet today.
My initial starting weight is 242 lbs with approximately 32% body fat percentage, according to my Fitbit Aria scale.
My target weight is 175 lbs, and <20% body fat, so I have about 67 lbs of excess fat that I need to lose in order to achieve my goal.
As I embark on this journey, I’m going to blog about it on a regular basis and share some of the ideas, strategies and systems that I’m going to be using to achieve my goal.
If you’re an entrepreneur with a busy lifestyle or someone who wants to enhance and improve their ability to manifest things in their life, by creating a Manifesting Body that literally vibrates and emanates the Universal energies of abundance, health, prosperity and love, then I think you’re going to enjoy following my journey.
And since one of my primary focuses with my business right now is to build up a six and eventually seven figure income as a blogger, and to encourage and mentor others to do the same thing – by blogging about my Manifesting Body Diet journey I am aligning my new lifestyle with my business as well.
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