The Real Secret to Weight Loss

Patricia Moreno by Patricia Moreno | April 15th, 2008 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness

I would like to share about one of the hottest topics in the U.S. today — weight loss.  How does one lose weight and keep it off?  What is the best way to melt away those unwanted pounds of fat that impact the quality of our life from our health, our confidence, our relationships and our self-belief?  I am not going to give you advice from a nutritionist point of view.  I am not even going to give you advice from a fitness professional point of view.  I am going to share with you from my personal experience and my training in spirituality and life coaching.

I have asked myself those same questions for as long as I can remember.  I remember being absolutely horrified and ashamed when in the third grade my dad put me on a scale and gasped at my weight of 130 lbs. From then on, hardly a day went by that I wasn’t wishing I could be thinner.  My early years of dieting were influenced by a way of dieting which was what everyone else did and still seems to rely on.  Diets, diet pills, starving, binging, exercising and paying money for any product that made a promise to melt the fat away fast.   But after all these years with weight loss being one of the number one money making markets in the world why are we getting fatter and fatter and at an earlier age?

There is no trick to weight loss I am so sorry to tell you.  Eat less, workout more, have a balanced diet, and keep everything in moderation.  But who wants to hear that?  We all want the magic pill, the perfect one minute exercise solution or the perfect food group to eliminate that will make life easier.  I am here to tell you, after many years of trying every single thing on the market myself, and never getting to nirvana, or the island of forever thin, the thing that needs to happen is you need to be able to get yourself to keep your word.  The only thing between you and thin are the choices you make every single moment of your life.  You either choose to get up and exercises or you choose to go back to bed or go have a drink with the gang after work.  You must be able to make a plan and stick to it and not listen to the disempowering conversation your automatic pilot mind will always go back to.  “I will have just one,”  “I promise I will start tomorrow,”  “But it is a special occasion,”  “ I don’t have time,”  “It’s too hard,”  Every time you allow your mind to ramble these phrases and you don’t catch it and change it you will find yourself back at square one indulging again when you wish you wouldn’t.

You have to be able to get yourself to do what you know you need to do and make it a way of life. Start by making a simple promise to yourself and keep it.  I will workout 3 times a week for 30 minutes.  The key is to do what you say you are going to do no matter what and not let any excuse get in your way.  And boy those excuses will be flying up from everywhere and they will be great ones.  The practice is keeping your word no matter what.  Once you have a little bit of personal power back you are on your way to living in a body you are proud of.  No magic pill here.  If you do want support in dealing with your ability to keep your word to yourself, visit my website and check out life coaching.  The training is in learning to make and keep promises to yourself which is your access to living the life you always dreamed of!




  1. I think a lot of it also boils down to BELIEF. People who have been overweight for a long time just don’t think that that it is even possible for them to lose the weight.

    Well, it is possible, and getting involved in a workout and/or a nutrition program that you will actually ENJOY is a huge step in the right direction. I do workouts that I actually look forward to doing, and YES, it is possible to look forward to exercising. :)

  2. I so agree with you. Those decisions you got to do every day really make the difference. Weight loss is not achieved in just a day, not even in just a week. The persistence you need to show every day until you reach your goal weight is essential.

    Alexa Cooper | April 16th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. one of teh things that really inspires me is to hear success stories of people who have really turned thier life around. It takes a huge committment and a deep desire to want to change. One of my sisters recently lost 150lbs and she is over the age of 50 and has had significant weight issues all her life. Its not even about being thin, it is a about caring enough abou tyour happiness and as Arron said above, there has to be teh belief or at least the hope that you will succeed.

    patricia | May 14th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  4. HI Patricia
    I have a beautiful and to me young mother , who lives far away from me on another continent, and she has been a little overweight and then very overweight for about the last 25 years. Since I am her daughter, whatever I say (as you know you and I are in the same business:)) goes in through one ear and exits the other…..quickly….do you have a suggestion on how to inspire my loved mother to start taking care of her health and her weight which are of course in direct correlation? I have been worried about her health for years, and tried to inspire, help and change but alas, I’m still the youngest and her “baby” in her eyes:)…please help…and many hugs to you …hope to see you soon!!!!!! Your blog rocks!

    Tanja Djelevic | May 23rd, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  5. This blog would definitely give a lot of people the courage and strength to reduce excess weight and live a healthy life.

    Daniel | August 5th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  6. Hello Patricia:

    I feel like I’ve known you a very long time. I’ve been doing your Cardio Burn Yoga on On Demand everyday for three months. I LOVE IT. Like someone said above, you have to look forward to exercising. This is the only fitness program I love. It has successfully flattened my stomach, which no exercise has done. I am truly grateful to you.

    Nicoline Ambe | January 12th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  7. If you want to lose weight, you need consistency. Losing weight is hard and you need a lot of patience. You need to control what you eat and avoid a lot of foods which is hard to do for some people.

    Michael Davis | August 12th, 2010 | Comment Permalink

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