Angela Duckworth – Why We Can't Stick to Weight Loss

Hi folks, it’s Christopher Lawrence here without the transformations program. I wanted to share a really cool piece of research with you. This is called “Beyond willpower strategies for reducing failures of self control” “Beyond willpower strategies for reducing failures of self control” I wanted to read it twice just so that you could lock it in. So when we look at like weight loss or eating correctly, or exercising, or reducing inflammation in the body through adapting our food, why is it that we can’t seem to stay on track? With food there is a bit of a magic bullet. When you eat a certain way, you’ll produce certain results in the body. Certainly if you eat the healthy transformations way, you’re going to reduce inflammation, lose weight and beat the odds of having chronic illness but our behaviors there doesn’t seem to be a magic bullet, we hear things like, well, if I have a fresh start, or if I have a plan, or you know, maybe if I go do some behavioral therapy, then that’ll be the thing that fixes it. And sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. So why is that? What’s the difference? The really key thing with this is that there is actually no bullet for behavioral change or for managing behavioral change. And the challenge that we continually run into is why is it that, you know, when I did say, goal setting as my tactic for exercise that worked really well and maybe I added planning and tracking into that as one of my tactics that worked really well. But then when I did correct eating, I use those same tactics and it didn’t work. Why is that? Why is it? And we can drive ourselves bonkers with this stuff.

I know even with me for years and years and years, I was like, why is it that this works for me and this doesn’t work for me, or it doesn’t work over here when it worked over here. And so it’s like, we’re just taking a shot gun and trying to pinpoint the center of a target. But what does a shotgun do? it just kind of blast the whole thing away and it’s not pinpointed enough to kind of get the results. Well, if you’re feeling frustrated, it’s actually a very common thing because we don’t know what’s actually gonna work. There is no magic bullet when it comes to behavioral change, habit shifting, or anything like that. And what I love about this piece of research is that Angela Duckworth and her team Katherine Milkman and David Laibson, I believe is how you say their name. They are from the University of Pennsylvania, they are researchers, they’re psychologists who are researchers. I think all of them are psychologists, research psychologists. In any case, they put together a list, a detailed list of 22 different tactics that they could identify that had been researched to some level. Some to great detail and some to not so great detail. So what that tells me is that there’s probably even more tactics out there, but these are the ones that they could find that had been researched, that had some effect. And what they’ve come to is that, not one tactic works for one person all of the time for whatever that goal or habit that they’re working on is, it could take a combination of tactics, a lot of trial and error.

So if it seems a little bit frustrating, a little bit overwhelming, a little bit confusing about why sometimes something works and why sometimes it doesn’t when we’re looking at behavioral change, it’s because of this because, we don’t actually know what the combination is gonna be for you that’s gonna make it work. What’s cool about it though, is that we have a whole bunch of different options that we can choose from, and what I like about this article is that they actually go right into and there’s a nice little cool diagram in here. They talk about self deployed versus other deployed, and situational versus cognitive. And so we have lots of options to choose from and so if this is something that you’re interested in, you should check us out healthytransformations.ca and you can learn more about this and how it applies to weight loss and you can reach out to us and attend one of our info sessions.

Patience and Changing Behaviour for Weight Loss and Health Acquisition

The GARBAGE Marketing of Weight Loss

Do You Know What You’re Eating?

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Do you know what you’re eating? I don’t mean the recipes or what restaurants, but what your food actually is made of? Do you know if the cheese you are eating is real? How about that microwave popcorn? Most of us are aware that foods like the Twinkie or Zesty Cheese Doritos are bad for you, but do you know what’s actually in them? Well, just a warning, you may not want to know! And the food industry definitely doesn’t want you to.


Food is Now Science

Did you know that the Doritos are manufactured not to taste good or satisfy your hunger but to keep you eating more? Doritos are scientifically-designed to maximize pleasure – with little regard for nutritional value. Even the fact that the food is scientifically designed should give us all pause. Real food is not designed.

They use tricks such as flour grinding for their ‘cheesy’ powder, ensuring every nook and cranny is filled, maximizing the amount that will contact your saliva. In fact, food scientist Steven A. Witherly, author of the book Why Humans Like Junk Food, says that licking the dust off your fingers without a chip gives an even larger boost of flavour.

In fact, these food fraudsters (including Coca-Cola) balance the flavours so well that it’s actually unforgettable. That’s right, unforgettable! Though these fake foods have powerful tastes, they balance the flavour so well, no one taste lingers, avoiding sensory-specific satiety, or the feeling of fullness. That’s right – so you’ll eat more, and if you’re like most people, more often!

From artificial colours to the use of MSG mixed with salt (oh so much salt), food companies are just that, companies. They are no longer the farmers and grocers of our grandparent’s generation (or for you millennials, great-grandparents).

So, while you may be thinking, “ok, so Doritos are bad for you, I get it, that’s no surprise.” I write this to show how manufactured, and profit-driven the food industry has become.


Fraudulent Foods

What would you say if I told you that even foods you thought were healthy, well weren’t quite what you thought? Did you know that strawberries in Quaker’s Strawberries & Cream are actually apples with red food colouring? And while that may not sound ominous, just the fact they need to use food colouring when they could dehydrate actual strawberries shows how devious the industry can be.

Perhaps the best examples of fake food are Kraft Singles (cheese slices) – they don’t have just the three ingredients required for cheese (raw milk, salt, rennet), but have 24 other ingredients! In a disturbing self-experiment, CBC’s Sook-Yin Lee left a slice of processed cheese for a year and a half stuck to an outside window. And well, not much happened. It didn’t rot, it didn’t even attract insects or critters, it didn’t even mould – after 18 months!

If this doesn’t make you take a closer look at what you are feeding your body (your only body I might add), perhaps the pictures in this article that separately shows each of the ingredients in foods like Doritos (blue powder anyone?), Twinkies, and even Campbell’s Chicken Soup? Loading up soups with monosodium, a flavouring agent that boosts appetite and causes migraines, many popular soup brands are surprisingly unhealthy.


So, What Can you Do About it?

So how do you compete with the psychologists and food scientists at food companies? The most important thing you can do is educate yourself on what you are really eating. As you may remember from childhood, School House Rock said, knowledge is Power!

There is a lot of information out there regarding food. As so much is conflicting, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and settle for what is easy, familiar, or comfortable. But, it’s not hopeless, and with some education, everyone can begin to understand the types of foods we need and where to get them. Understanding the food industry and how food is made, sold, and kept from rotting on shelves will go a long way to improving not only your health but your mindset. Here are five tips to get you started!


Changing Mindsets and perceptions around diet and lifestyle

Did you know the word diet comes from the Greek word dieta, meaning “way of life?” Eating healthy isn’t what the word ‘diet’ has come to indicate. You can eat healthy and delicious food that both satiates your hunger and your taste buds and emotional needs.


Understand what food really is

While food is definitely fuel, it is so much more than that. While most diet programs and information about food often speak of the concept of calories in/calories out (basically, fuel and how we use it), food also plays a large part in affecting our health and future health by speaking to our genes and providing them instructions. By eating real and nutrient-dense foods, we send our bodies positive instructions. With foods such as Kraft Singles, Twinkies, and even yes, even our favourite soup brands, we send our bodies instructions that negatively impact gene expression.

To simplify this, I like to look at this like we have a bunch of levers we can pull to affect the genetic code we were born with. Some of us have genes that are predisposed in specific ways, and the food we eat instructs our genes to behave in certain ways – what message do you want to send to your body? Foods like Kraft Singles confuse your body with the manufactured ingredients – our bodies have not evolved to consume these foods. For even more information on how food impacts your body, check out Dr. Mike’s video (on the Healthy transformations blog) about the Glycemic Index and the Glycemic Response.


Shopping

Once you understand what food is and the instructions it provides your body, shopping and meal planning become so much easier. Depending on how your grocer is set up, you really only need to shop in a few aisles and sections, mostly around the perimeter, to get all the food you need to help your body. By keeping to the aisle or “U,” as some suggest, you will stick to the real food areas such as fruits and vegetables, the meat section, and a few of the aisles with pantry staples such as nuts and seeds. Remember, companies use bright colours and logos to capture your attention with labels that suggest health, but upon closer look, are anything but.

Understanding that the marketing usage of words such as “natural,” “whole,” or “heart-healthy” are all subjective and are meaningless without reading the ingredients and nutritional label. As well, make sure you check the source of the “organic” label and the different claims, so you understand what you are paying for.


Listen to your body

This is so important. When we have eaten poorly for longer than we care to remember (or admit), we forget that how we feel isn’t natural. Is your brain foggy? Do you often feel tired, even after a full night’s rest? Do you feel weak? Achy? Maybe it’s those pesky last ten pounds that you want to shed that you just can never seem to lose. Your body is sending you signals (physically, mentally, and emotionally).

A good way of thinking about what you are eating is to think of the process like traffic lights. Companies try to make it so easy to sail through all “green lights” to get their product into your bellies and craving more. The end result, remember, is always for them to make money off your eating habits. When you build in yellow lights between the emotion and thought of eating and actually eating, we can slow down our impulses and habits. This is especially helpful when these habits have been years in the making. By giving yourself time to process the feeling connected to eating, you begin to understand what it is your body truly needs.


Support

Lastly, support is vital in anything we do. Humans are social creatures and not only want but thrive with proper social support. Make a goal with your spouse or best friend to learn more about food together, share recipes, and hold each accountable.

If you want expert support and knowledge that will help you learn not only the basics but to also become a food expert so that you will never doubt what your body needs again, we run the Healthy Transformations program annually. Our comprehensive program is based on a scientific and behavioural model to teach what food is, its impact on our bodies, and the behavioural connection to our food.

Check out www.healthytransformations.ca for more information or to sign up for one of our Info Sessions.


Christopher James Lawrence is a Co-Founder of the Healthy Transformations Program with Dr. Mike Breen.  He is also the Chief Value Officer and Founder of Change My Life Coaching and Co-Founder of Change My Business Coaching — a fast growing whole-life, leadership and business coaching company, and the only one of it’s kind.  He is also the author of “Go Beyond Passion: Discover Your Dream Job”.  Christopher is a Certified Master Coach Practitioner (CMCP), trainer and facilitator, and a passionate public speaker that truly cares about the success of each and every single person he comes into contact with. You can reach him here.

[VIDEO] Amrit's Story

Amrit – I’m Amritpal Grewal and I’m a mortgage broker for Iverico Mortgage Solutions and I process mortgages for a living. What brought me to the Healthy Transformations program was,

I was unhealthy at the time when I had joined. Unfortunately I had tried multiple different diets, a lot of different exercise programs and it was unfortunately filled with a lot of trial and error and a lot of failure unfortunately and I was just ready to try anything at that specific time, and that’s what brought me here.

 

The sum of the results that I had achieved in this program, the number one that sticks out in my mind is obviously the weight loss. The weight loss for the entire year was actually more than 60 pounds. So from my heaviest at 253 pounds, to coming down to 190 pounds and still counting. So that’s number one for me. The other things that I achieved were realizing a lot about my triggers. The triggers meaning what things are kind of going ahead and setting me off, what things I need to really watch out for that drive me off the program altogether. The foods specifically and how they made me feel, okay. So when we talk about greens, how they actually make me feel and then my thinking, how it actually goes ahead and changes. Learning a lot about my body and learning about the nutrition and what it does to my body on a day-to-day basis is what I really took away from the program altogether. The toughest part of my program was actually breaking the old habits that I actually had. So when we’re talking about socializing with friends, how to get past some of the challenges there that drive you away from the program. When we actually sit down and learn a lot about food and nutrition and some of the specifics about what goes into your body, automatically you really start to realize about how much you’re harming yourself with your old habits. When you actually put those goals on paper, when you put those achievements that you see yourself attaining through the entire year, that specifically really puts a lot of pressure, a positive impact of pressure on you to achieve what you set yourself out to do.

 

The best part of the program I think was the support that we have, so I mean continuously being on the program, you’re meeting every two weeks to talk about your struggles, to talk about your positive outcomes, to talk about what works, what doesn’t work. You’re in a team environment and you’re all here to achieve the same result, is to get healthy and so for me I think the easiest was just showing up. When you show up, half the battle is already done. So you’re learning so much about exactly what needs to be done and the other half is applying it,

so which comes naturally when you have all the support around you.

 

What I would say to somebody considering to join the program is don’t think about the cost point of view, think about what you really want to achieve out of the program. I would strongly encourage anyone to write down your goals, to really put it on paper, and to read them over and over again. If you think that it’s something that’s possible, it is definitely possible. For someone that like myself who had tried everything with trial and error. We used to go to the gym two times a day, morning for cardio and evening for weights. And we did a lot of gym training, unfortunately that didn’t even bring me close to my goals. What really did was the knowledge, the actual application of that knowledge as well, that really got me down to the weight that I wanted and is getting me to the body that I want as well.

 

I think anything else that I wanna add is do the program. It’s priceless, the knowledge that you actually are acquiring and to go ahead and be someone that your family goes ahead and looks up to. You’re doing your family a huge service in terms of being an excellent role model for them and I think it has so many different benefits, I can’t even list them right now, so join the program.

 

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[VIDEO] Vicky's Story

Vicky – My name is Vicky Walter and I am a grandma and enjoy my life just doing what I need to do. I had a friend do the program and I really liked what I saw of her and she explained the program a little bit to me and that’s what drew me to the program, it was something that I thought I needed to try.

 

I am 297 days in. (laughing) And as far as goal wise, I am past my goal. I have lost 63 pounds. I have recommended a girlfriend to the program and I had to talk to her four times to just tell her and this is what I told her was you need this program, because she was a lot like me, with her body pains and issues and things like that and I knew that she could do the program and I knew it would make her very happy. So when I talk to people about the program, I explain it’s an anti-inflammatory program, not a weight loss. Weight loss is the bonus part of the program. The health issues are even better. So that’s how I explain to people why they should do the program.

 

Oh, I could just tell them my story, how good I feel and how good they would feel if they tried a little harder to stick to the program and that it would be so worth it to just try it and work a little harder because it is worth it. I can only say how good I feel and I get all these comments how good I look and that makes you feel even better and feeling good in your own skin again is good.

 

I kinda thought my life was going to be the weight that I was and feel as unhealthy as I felt, pain all the time. So my knees are good, I’ve had a knee replacement 14 years ago, saw my surgeon and he was amazed that they hadn’t changed in a year ’cause last year I was looking at another

replacement and he said it hasn’t changed so keep doing what I’m doing ’cause he was amazed how good I looked and how good my knees looked too. So that’s, that’s a kicker for me.

 

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