During my years of working with people to help them achieve weight loss, I have noticed a key element that leads to permanent weight loss. That essential key is balance. When you have balance in your life, you are not overtaken by any one aspect which deters your focus from your goals. Even if your main focus is on losing weight, you must be sure to fulfill other needs in your life. Do not allow an obsession with weight loss to take over. Likewise, if you are too focused on others, you will not be able to focus your energy on what you need to do in order to lose weight.

Sometimes we become focused on reaching many goals all at once. We may have thoughts of being a perfect mother, wife, friend and employee. When we are so focused on meeting the needs of others, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves and our needs.

The key to losing weight is to have a balance between your physical health, emotional health and social responsibilities. This may seem impossible at the moment. Trust me, by bringing your life into balance you can achieve anything you set your mind to it. Throughout the day, it is important to focus on the physical, emotional and social aspects of your life.

The physical aspect refers to your overall health. This means getting enough sleep, even if you skip doing the dishes in order to sleep. In order to function properly and give your best to others and yourself, you must have the things that you physically need. These things include the proper amount of sleep, balanced eating, and any physical exercise your body needs.

Your emotional health is also very important to weight loss. Many times our eating is tied to our emotions. By promoting your emotional health, you can begin to sever those ties. This can be done in many ways throughout the day. If you are at work and need a break, close your door and take time to yourself. Writing in a journal and meditating are also great ways to improve your emotional health.

If you are like most women, you play many different social roles such as wife, mother, and friend. It is important to realize that you do not have to do it all. In fact, if you are on a weight loss journey, then doing it all is not possible. When you are so focused on doing everything you will ultimately lose track of the diet you are on. This results in the weight coming back. There are many things that can be put off until a later date. Throughout the day, pick the tasks that are going to further promote happiness for you and your family.

The last and most important step in balancing your life, which will ultimately lead to weight loss, is making time for yourself. Many women become so focused on others in their life that they forget about themselves. Do not allow this to happen to you. It is imperative that you also focus on yourself each day. This can be done by taking a few minutes to read, take a warm bath, take a walk, or do whatever activity will help you connect with yourself. Just remember that you can accomplish your goals by not trying to do everything.

Author's Bio: 

The above article is based on the book, "Winning Overeating" by Ofira Shaul. Ofira is a Naturopathy doctor. This experiential, self-development leader has devoted her life to finding the best natural way to obtain permanent weight loss while improving the total quality of your life. Her all-natural program does not require you to use any pills, count calories, or starve yourself.

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