To Lose Weight, Do One Thing Different

do one thing different weight lossA quite well-known author and psychotherapist is named Bill O’Hanlon.  He is the author of about twenty five books.  He gained some recognition some time ago for teaching therapists how to do ” brief therapy” , that being to help someone create change in a few sessions.  

Another therapist , a psychiatrist, named Milton Erickson, M.D, amazed his colleagues in the sixties with his ability to create great change in one session, using hypnosis.

Bill O’ Hanlon wrote one book called, Do One Thing Different.  I like this concept, even as it applies to weight loss.  I think that people who desire to lose significant weight feel overwhelmed by the whole idea of a massive change in their lives, not knowing where to begin, not understanding what eating changes they must undertake, and they feel that there’s a long, painful process ahead of them.  So, they put it off, and things get much worse.  There seems to be a little demon on the shoulder telling them to go ahead and eat the bad stuff.

There is a saying,  “How do you eat an elephant?  Answer: One bite at a time!”

So to apply this to the topic of weight loss, one thing to do first is to do a lot of reading, to use the analytical part of the  mind to understand  the science and what a better plan could look like.  There are tons of books on the market.  The newer ones have updated science and information.

Barry Sears Zone books are great, as are those by Atkins and by Arthur Agatson, MD. ( He was responsible for the South Beach Diet). If you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, you may want to take a look at  the book entitled, Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution: Turn off the Genes that are Killing You and Your Waistline… and Drop Your Weight.  This reading is one thing different to do a little every day.  Knowledge is power, I remind all of my clients.

The next thing to do different is to think about one simple change that you could make…such as substituting a no calorie drink, (aspartame free, to help save your life and your brain) for your cola beverage.  Or, regarding moving more, just make two trips up and down stairs each time you need something.  Or, take half of a usual portion.  Possibilities are endless, and you will be getting back charge of what you do and how you think!