Lose weight by fixing your life with Tony Robbins

There is a reason we have the expression “can’t see the forest for the trees”. In reading the biographies of great men and women in history, we invariably find that almost all of them had one thing in common: they were able to take a step back, see the big picture, see the real problem and come up with a real solution. When we consider our approach to losing weight, it very quickly becomes clear that many of us are so obsessed with our weight that we are too involved to correctly identify the problem, the solution, and the actions required. Making matters worse, many of the professionals that are supposed to help us lose weight are also so focused on the task of helping us into skinny jeans that many of them also fall into the same trap of tunnel vision.

Let’s review our standard approach for getting back into shape: we jump straight in, get the shock of our lives to find out how much we weigh at that stage, calculate our goal weight, choose an action plan (a diet or weigh loss program), and force ourselves to stick to the chosen diet with all our might. In our desperation we very often choose the wrong diet, because all of that excess weight has to come off quickly right? Since we can’t lose weight really fast following a healthy diet, we very often opt for the latest fad diet. Just look around you and you’ll notice many of them, for example the Lemon Detox Diet or the Cabbage Soup Diet. Many desperate dieters also resort to taking potentially dangerous weight loss pills such as Hydroxycut or Imelda Perfect Slim. While there may be short term losses on the scales, fad diets do more damage than good in the longer run, and before we know it, we are even bigger than when we started. At the end of each yo-yo down and up cycle we feel worse about ourselves and become even more obsessed with our weight problems. And so the viscous cycle continues.

One Decision Can Change Your Life Forever

So, take a deep breath, take a step back and see the big picture. Assume for a moment that when someone is overweight, it is a symptom of a life out of kilter; not the cause of it. In most cases overweight people (or their bodies) are subconsciously trying to compensate for imbalances in their lives. If your body believes you are under threat, irrespective of where the threat comes from or the nature of the threat, it will act to protect you. It may send you messages to eat more because it believes you need more energy, or it may slow down your metabolism and burn as little fat as possible to conserve energy! If we define weight loss is our primary target, it will be quite obvious to anyone looking in from the outside that any weight loss will in all probability not be sustainable, because we are not addressing the real problem areas. Since we will only address the symptoms by losing weight, any solution purely focused on weight loss is highly unlikely to deliver lasting results. We may experience an initial sense of achievement for losing weight, but sooner or later the old problems will raise their heads again, and before we know it, we are back where we started.

How then do we find out exactly what the underlying causes for our weight problems are? There really is no easy or simple way of doing this. The bottom line is; we must master and balance all of the major areas of our lives to get the best results. When we are healthy, happy and fulfilled we find that our weight problems automatically disappear….gradually. The different facets of our lives that must be balanced (and fixed where necessary) include our physical bodies, emotional needs, relationships with colleagues, friends and family as well as our life purposes (work, career, mission), finances and spiritual fulfillment. There are many ways of achieving this, and as with anything, different approaches deliver different results for different people. Some people benefit from spending hours on the couch of a psychologist, while other people prefer to achieve this by themselves. Doing it yourself without any guidance of sorts can be rather difficult, since it is rather easy to fall back in the same rut. And then there are the self help gurus…..

I used to be, and to a lesser degree still am, a big skeptic about these so-called “self-help” programs resources. I used to think it was a total waste of time and money. I still think that many so-called “self help gurus” get stinking rich without providing anything else but short term motivation. It is almost like getting a sugar rush from high GI carbs. You feel great when you leave the seminar or finish the book, but two days later, when reality dawns on you again and life is back to normal; you can’t for the life of you understand why you felt so good leaving the seminar in the first place. Many of these programs really only deliver an unsustainable, short term, emotional high.

You can imagine my reaction then when my husband bought Tony Robbins’ “Get The Edge” program for us to work through as a couple. He practically had to bribe me to start working through the material with him. Against all expectations I found Tony’s approach to everything very sensible. We worked our way through all of the sessions, one by one each night over a period of about a month. While Tony encourages a positive frame of mind, his programs and seminars are a far cry from your typical positive thinking and motivational speakers. To quote Tony: “Weeds don’t disappear if you look at your garden and chant – ‘There are no weeds, there are no weeds’”! Same thing with losing weight; positive thinking alone will not get you very far. Certainly, chanting “I am skinny, I am skinny” while looking in the mirror never did much for me!

As we progressed though the “Get the Edge” program, I gained a much better insight as to why I was battling to lose weight, and why I kept on sabotaging myself. Tony is absolutely great at guiding your thought processes, allowing you to discover the problem areas in your own life. He then helps you understand how to change limiting and self defeating beliefs and associations into beliefs and associations that can help you grow. Not only did I lose weight, but I set and accomplished many other goals in my life. Some were small and easy to achieve, while others were bigger and I am still on my way there, but I can honestly say that was a pivotal month in my life.

I was so impressed with the “Get the Edge” program that I decided to attend one of Tony’s “Unleash the Power Within” seminars. What a truly wonderful experience that was! Trust me, as a relatively reserved, and very analytical person, I was hesitant to go to the seminar. Listening to a self help program in the calm comfort of my home and working through the exercises in a relaxed manner was one thing; but having to do all that in public, walking over a bed of hot coals, and jump up and down on a constant emotional high was not my cup of tea! Or so I thought. It turned out that I was not quite as emotionally “challenged” as I thought, and one of the biggest lessons I took away from that seminar was that to live with passion requires huge emotional commitment, so maybe it is good to get emotional every now and then!

Take it from a converted skeptic. You can live the life of your dreams, while wearing all of those skinny outfits you keep on dreaming of, provided you’ve got the guts to go and get it. Tony Robbins acts as personal advisor to high profile leaders, CEOs, athletes, and entertainers from around the globe, including Bill Clinton and Andre Agassi. Get Tony’s “Get the Edge” home program (or the new “Ultimate Edge” program when it comes out); and, if you are fortunate enough to be able to attend one of his UPW seminars – do so. You will never look back. Not only will you reach your goal weight, but you will be happy, healthy and fulfilled as well.

One Decision Can Change Your Life Forever
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9 Responses to “Lose weight by fixing your life with Tony Robbins”

  • Hmmmmm, that walking over a bed of hot coals was a dead giveaway to me. Are you for real? Who in his right mind would even want to do something like that. No, you should have stayed tyhe skeptic you were. Good points in the article which made a lot of common sense, but I will pass on Tony Robbins thank you. BTW I am also not one for therapy. Only one way to get yourself sorted, and that is to be honest with yourself, to actually do something about your situation and see if it works. If it doesn’t – you are doing something wrong and need to find another way. same thing with weight loss I suppose, and that is where I found this article useful. It just put my weight loss issues in perspective for me. I realise now that I am far too obsessed about my weight and should take a step back and take a holistic view.

  • Thank you so much for this article. I just had to come back here and share my experience. I worked through Tony’s program and can not believe how badly I knew myself. I now realize that my weight problems were only one of many symptoms that showed I was a deeply unhappy person. I won’t share with you the reasons for my unhappiness, as it is personal. I don’t know why I never put two and two together before this. I never even considered the possibility that I kept on sabotaging myself. I was hiding behind my weight because I was too scared the world would reject me, which of course became a self-fulfilling prophecy. I literally am a new person now – thank you so much for publishing this article!

  • The dancing sounds nice and I agree with the persistence bit BCC, but can’t agree with taking fat burners. You mess up your body with those things.

  • I found that losing weight is not that hard as anyone would think. It sure takes commitment and following a simple plan but the key element is persistence.

    You need to monitor the calories, lose the junk food, sodas, sweets and do some physical exercises. I myself love dancing. And remember to use a fat burner to accelerate the fat metabolism.

  • Extreme Extensions

    Great article – it puts into words the truth about an unbalanced life leading to weight gain or inability to lose weight.

    Extreme Extensions

  • I think all of these self help gurus are an absolute waste of time! I think Tony Robbins followers are something akin to cult followers. Plse. If you want to lose weight, there is only one way of doing it! Stop eating! I am tired of the modern softie-softie approach to life. Give me good old self discipline any day.

  • Great article. I’ve ordered my Get The Edge set. I am sick and tired of battling with my weight and I am definitely self-sabotaging my own weight loss attempts. Tony Robbins certainly has a great reputation! Will keep you posted.

  • You know what – I have done this series before, I found it amazing. Tony gets you to write down your goals, and then start to take action to follow through on them. I was absolutely amazed when I looked back over those goals a year later. Not only have I achieved most of them, but I actually exceeded my expectations. Thanks for the reminder. I slowly started falling back in my bad habits without realizing it! This article reminded me on that. From tonight onwards it is me and Tony again! And ladies, if I may say so – I love his voice….

  • I have friends who attended the Tony Robbins seminar for other reasons, and they absolutely raved about it. This article makes perfect sense to me, and I think it is a wonderful perspective on the whole issue of weight loss. I ordered my set today – I hope it arrives soon! These friends of mine actually claimed that it did change their lives. Pity I live too far for the seminar but the Get the Edge set will have to do for me.

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