I’ve now reached a point where my weight loss is noticeable to many people. Those who have seen me at my heaviest are amazed at the amount of weight I have lost and so those who carry excess weight often ask me what I did hoping that they can follow it and lose the weight themselves. A lady even asked specifically what I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The truth is, anybody can lose weight on any diet. There is only one principle in weight loss: “You must burn more calories than you consume”. You can lose weight with or without exercise as long as you consume less calories than you use. You can even lose weight eating fast food, junk food, healthy food or your favourite foods everyday single day as long as what goes in is less than what you burn.

However, a deeper answer to the question “What did I do?” goes beyond following a certain diet regimen. It’s more about developing a different mindset and attitude about what I was doing. The change that people see is more than a change in the exterior but more of an inside out change. The glow comes not from losing the weight but from an inner peace and calm that pervades my entire being. It came from a process of self-examination, coming to terms with many things that I refused to face and own up to, giving up and letting go.

The issue of weight goes beyond diet and exercise. It is a symptom or a yearning for something more. People may lose weight following a particular regimen, but unless the issues that are lurking in the background are examined and addressed, the weight will just keep on coming back. The same is true for many people who are suffering from lifestyle-related health issues. They may not necessarily carry excess weight but manifest other health-related problems which are all symptoms of imbalance in our lives and with the laws and principles of the universe.

We have been trying to solve a problem with a band aid when what we need to do is examine what is really wounding us. We cannot solve the same recurring problem in the same frame of mind where it all started. We need to have a profound shift in our minds for lasting change.

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the
same level of thinking we were at
when we created them – Albert Einstein