“Losing Weight is a Stupid Goal,” Says Former Fat Guy, Pete Thomas -Author and Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”
By Pete Thomas
Author and Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”
Do you know why we’re fat? We’re fat because we’re ignorant. By ignorant I mean we are actually lacking in knowledge or awareness. And because we are ignorant we set stupid goals.
Having a goal to lose weight is a stupid goal.
It really is. I’m not trying to criticize you because I have been there myself. Okay, so maybe “short-sighted” is a better word than ignorant. Let me explain.
You’ve Lost Weight Before…
We’ve all lost weight before. Lots of times. Two pounds here, five pounds there, ten pounds that other time. We achieve our goal over and over again. Then we gain it back. Then we set a new goal … low and behold it’s the same one – “to lose this much weight by this time.” blah blah blah. And you know what? we ‘hit’ those goals again and again. And then you regain the weight again and again. Why? You set a goal to lose weight. Not to keep it off permanently and not to get healthy. You set a shortsighted goal and you hit that goal over and over again.
Different Goals = Different Focus = Different Habits.
You won’t achieve long-term health if you set short term goals. You must set a better goal. And here’s why; Your body will go in the direction that your mind takes it. Your weight loss goal should be something that helps you to achieve a healthy weight and maintain that healthy weight for the rest of your life. For example, you goal should be to be healthy and energetic enough to see your children graduate college. Not simply to lose 20 pounds so you can look good in your wedding dress.
Setting long term health and wellness goals that may have a weight component adjusts our focus from tips and tricks toward habits and change. I will talk more about that in an upcoming article.
Why don’t we set better goals? There are a variety of reasons with the main one being ignorance. Meaning we don’t realize we are setting a dumb goal. One we will reach every time and still not help us become healthy. If you have read this article, you can no longer claim ignorance. It’s time to set a better goal.
You can read more about setting Great Goals in my new book, Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever.
Until then, let’s continue this conversation here and on Facebook. And if you’re in the Ann Arbor, MI area, I welcome you to drop in or join my SLIM U™ Boot Camp and Seminar in Ann Arbor. Learn more at www.PeteThomas.com
And remember, There’s a Winner Within You!
Have you noticed how different types of goals lead to different types of outcomes? Have you experienced the difference between a short-term, “event” based goal and a life-long, “purpose-based” goal when it comes to weight-loss? Please share your comment below!
Ask yourself, “How can I change my goals so that I focus on habits, lifestyle change and permanent success?”
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About Pete Thomas
Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and author of the book, “Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever: A 4 Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the “Biggest Loser” of All Time” modeled after his popular weight-loss program based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 2005, Thomas lost 185lbs in 9 months and has successfully maintained his weight loss for over 7 years. Now considered the Nation’s #1 Corporate Health and Wellness Speaker, Thomas inspires thousands on a monthly basis, speaking and providing cutting-edge content to human resource professionals, as well as health and fitness oriented blogs, books and magazines.
Through his company, Pete Thomas Wellness, Thomas helps corporations motivate, educate and engage employees in their wellness programs—leading to healthier habits, increased productivity and lower health care costs.
A highly skilled TV personality, Pete Thomas has appeared on ABC’s The View, The 700 Club, and eXtra, as well as being featured in People Magazine, Runner’s World, TV Guide, inTouch Weekly, Real Health and commercials nationwide. Thomas now travels full-time as a motivational speaker, consultant, and corporate spokesman—sharing his “Winning Principles” to organizations worldwide—both in person and via his website at www.PeteThomas.com. For an interview or to inquire about booking Pete Thomas for your event, contact Anita Lane at 646.450.6214 or via email at Speaking@PeteThomas.com.