Today was our three kids' first day of school and it dawned on me that today would be a great reminder for all of us to think about how many books, articles, blogs, etc. we've read on the topic of living a healthier lifestyle since high school.
I've heard 50% of Americans have never read 1 book (regardless of topic) cover to cover after graduating from high school so I'm assuming a large percentage of my health coaching clients haven't "hit the books". How about you?
While I wasn't a book worm in high school, I've learned from my mistakes (well some of them at least) and I now embrace reading more than ever before. I heard a speaker once say "Leaders are readers and the more you read the more you learn. The more you learn the more you become. The more you become the more you can achieve and the more you achieve the more you'll want to read!"
Albert Einstein also said "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." I use this quote quite often when challenging clients to learn more and achieve more with adopting the Habits of Health.
You can lose weight with diets and exercise but if you don't know how to live a healthier lifestyle and enjoy it, you'll add the pounds back on and slide right back down the mountain to where you started off.
Some of my coaching clients feel they know how to live a healthier lifestyle once they've lost weight but most really don't know how to live a healthier lifestyle long term unless they've fully committed to the coaching and learning process. The National Weight Control Registry says 85% of dieters gain their weight back within 2 years of losing it without behavior modification so statistically speaking the odds are stacked against the dieters before they eat anything healthy or start their exercise program.
The ones who don't read and study up on how to live a healthier lifestyle are the ones who struggle to lose weight or they're the ones who add the pounds back on. Most of us simply don't know what we don't know and if we want sustainable weight loss for a change we're going to have to "change" what we know.