Laura is a 30-year-old competent director of marketing. Despite having a good-looking face, she has always felt insecure because of her big body. She has struggled with obesity for nearly as long as she can remember. She tried many different methods to lose weight but seemed to end up miserably. She nearly gave up on trying and started believing that weight loss never happened to her. Members of her family are obese as well, and she doubted that obesity is part of her genes.
Laura works for many hours a week, obsessed with huge loads of work and stress. She usually gets home late, has a quick meal at home or simply buys anything on her way, usually takes away.
She has dated with some men, but she is still single at the moment. She lived alone in a great apartment where she can have a good view of New York. She does not have any plan for diet day by day. In fact, in the past, she thought about a diet plan which aimed at promoting weight loss. But then, she felt that counting calories did not make any sense or worse, had no impact on her final result. So, she quitted. Counting calories before any meal also cost her a huge amount of time, which she lacked due to workload.
Weight loss seemed to be an impossible dream for Laura.
Last year, her father passed away suddenly because of a heart attack. She felt extremely devastated. And this event even impacted her in an unimaginable way. She realized that she could be the next to die of heart attack. This shock finally encouraged her to try losing weight one more time, and this time, she was determined to overcome all difficulties she had been through.
The miracle occurred to Laura one morning when she was talking to an old friend. It’s Ben. He used to be as obese as Laura, but now he worked as a personal trainer at a famous fitness center. He shared to Laura some ultimate secrets of weight loss. They opened Laura’s eyes to a brand new world. She then got access to the secrets of the diet, the workouts and most importantly, motivation and mindsets, which she had never confirmed before.
For Laura, these ultimate secrets of diet are ideally suited, enabling her to overcome her problem. It is not all about the workout or the diet. It works with her mentality and psychological well-being to form core beliefs. They are the foundation to stimulate her right behavior in the attempts to lose some weight. Only after these attitudes and values were formed could she understand and change her daily behavior.
Like most obese people, Laura was frightened of fats. She spent countless hours on reading labels of foods at the supermarket, just to skip any type of food containing fats. But it never seemed to be effective for her weight loss.
But then, she learned that fats are not the enemy to the human body. We can even be put in danger if there is little fat in our body. What Laura, as well as other people, needed to know is which fat to go for.
Laura then understood that fats could be good if you find the right sources. She stopped munching her way through pieces of chocolate every night. Instead, she went to the supermarket more often to purchase nuts, seeds or olive oil. They are excellent sources of good fats to improve our health.
She decided to remove chocolate from her kitchen. Her desk at the office was full of nuts or seeds; sometimes she even brings peanut butter along with her. Eat them in a moderate amount time by time, and she managed to redeem the first mistake in diet that she had kept for years.
The second thing Laura learned from her friend is the danger of sugary drinks. She drank them almost every day, up to several times per day, along with her takeaway. Huge loads of work drove Laura to spend little time on meals, and she usually ended up with fast-food.
Even when she knew they are bad for health, she could not find time and motivation to change it.
In addition, for a marketing director as Laura, going out for dinner is common. But hitting the restaurant 4-5 times a week is not a good way to lose weight. She usually experienced non-stop waves of appetizers, main courses and then, desserts, let alone sugary drinks. By minimizing the times she went to a restaurant and spent more time in her kitchen, Laura finally found out that the secrets had been already inside her house with simple things, like avocado or olive oil. It was just because she did not recognize them.
Officers like Laura do know the benefits of the workout, but in fact, find it hard to burn some fat at the gym regularly. She bought up to the few-year membership at a fitness center near her office and went there almost every day. But it turned out that Laura had done in wrong ways after all this time.
She followed the same workout over time, day by day, month by month. She hit the treadmill, elliptical, or jogging path and she put in her time. Unfortunately, this exercise routine can generate the opposite results when it comes to weight loss and fat burning.
So, instead of concentrating on cardio only, Laura learned that doing aerobics interval training (short bursts of heart-pounding work, also known as HIIT, or high-intensity interval training) or strength training (push-ups, squats, anything that builds muscle and power) is even better to burn fat. And she enjoyed herself at the gym. The sadness in hitting the treadmill day by day was gone.
Laura had few days off a year, but when she did, she wanted to sit in front of TV and just relaxed. But then, the feeling that she did nothing covered her and made her miserable. She shared it with Ben, and you know what, he said it does not make any sense.
Here’s the reason: Stress has a series of serious impacts on your health (research claims belly fat becomes bigger because of it and stress slows down the results of weight loss).
So, Ben suggested Laura laugh as a way to release fat even more efficiently. Even more impressive, it’s a pretty potent calorie burner in its’ right. When British researchers looked into the number of calories burned by intense laughing and compared it to the calorie burn of other daily activities (strength training, running, even vacuuming), they found that an hour of intense laughter can burn as many calories—up to 120—as a half hour hitting it hard at the gym!
Laura never thought of changing her motivation in the efforts to lose weight before. All she knew was to change her behavior and diet. But one more time, Laura felt enlightened with Ben’s words on the importance of motivation and mindsets.
The thing is many people know the way to lose weight, but few people succeeded. Why? Because they can afford something, others cannot? No. The secret is behind their motivation and mindsets. They keep us in line and keep track of our progress.
In the case of Laura, she started to plan again, but this time, in a different way. She knew which food is healthy and how much she should eat them. Then, she made a timetable for her diet and workout and insisted on it for months.
She hard-boiled six or seven eggs and kept them in the refrigerator for breakfasts or snacks. Or cook up a large batch of steel-cut long-cooking oats (since this variety contains the most nutrients) on Sunday, and measure it into single-portion sizes in bowls covered with plastic wrap in her refrigerator.
Her work was still busy, but she learned how to cope with it without ignoring healthy meals. She could reheat all above with just a minute every morning in her new microwave. Her kitchen became fuller of ingredients and appliances that supported her in weight loss.
In a nutshell, Laura’s story is not the only one. There are millions of people who have built up their pattern of behavior slowly over decades. It is nearly impossible to ask them to change all of them instantly. From Laura’s experience, you know that you can start with adopting a brand new method of diet and workout to guarantee that they are sustainable. Besides, it is necessary to think of rewards and regular supervision to make sure that you are changing.
These ultimate secrets are super valuable for such people as Laura. They kept Laura’s spirits up and ensured that she could change her life positively in an incredible way. Do you want to be like her?