It’s always been interesting to me how business, finance and weight loss go hand in hand.
Take a personal bank account, for example. If you take advantage of this, your account will get bigger and bigger.
It is the same with your body. It grows more and more if you add it to it through more activity than eating. That’s a simple fact, isn’t it?
What about business? If a business owner does not see his business on a daily basis and takes action when needed, his business may fail.
The same is true of weight loss programs.
If it is not monitored on a daily basis and action is taken when necessary, it will fail. Most businesses fail. So plan to lose as much weight as possible. This is also a simple fact.
I have been an industrial engineer all my life and years ago I read a book written by Dr. Eliahu M. Goldrat, an Israeli physicist, entitled “Theory of Theory.”
The basic idea of the Theory of Barriers is that every real system, such as a for-profit business, must have at least one barrier.
If this were not true, then the system would generate an infinite amount of money for what it seeks. In the case of a for-profit business, it will be unlimited.
Since a barrier is a factor that prevents the system from achieving as much as it can, a business manager who wants more profit should force it.
There is really no way out. Either you manage the obstacles or they manage you. Barriers determine the output of the system, whether they are recognized and managed.
There can be many obstacles in a business but I found out in my engineering career that there is usually one basic thing.
All obstacles have to be overcome, but focusing more on the basics will make the effort better. Perfection is never achieved but improvement is possible.
This is a constant war.
Does the theory apply to weight loss? Absolutely! If there were no barriers to weight loss, none of us would be obese.
Dieters can improve by focusing on their basic constraints just like a business manager, although all constraints must be managed.
This is a constant war.
So what is the main obstacle to losing weight? I think it’s universal for the dead. Walt Kelly’s cartoon character Pogo said the best. “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Yes, the main barrier to weight loss is between our ears.
We prefer to sit on the couch and enjoy the joys of the moment rather than what we would like to achieve in the future.
As far as weight loss is concerned, we can also hunt for spear eaters or look for golden pots at the end of the rainbow. We are just as likely to lose weight.
There is plenty of good information about weight loss but you need to be active to lose weight. Knowledge is not enough. You have to work on this basic obstacle. You have to get off the couch and do something.