2.1 Transition to the SWLL – Introduction

This book sug­gests that you change your lifestyle. This is a big un­der­tak­ing. The change will take months to ac­com­plish. In this chap­ter, we look at the prepara­to­ry work you can do and the steps to take as you tran­si­tion to the SWLL. By do­ing this work, you will have a sol­id un­der­stand­ing of what the SWLL is, why it works, and what you must do. When you do start on the SWLL, the prepara­to­ry work you have done will in­crease the like­li­hood of a suc­cess­ful out­come.

Here is what you will find in the rest of this chap­ter:

  • Adopt a proper mental set. Your goal is not to lose weight but to adopt a new lifestyle.
  • Assess your health, your calorie intake and your level of activity. The data you assemble here will be a baseline as your lifestyle changes.
  • Ask, “Why am I overweight?” Is it because of your genes? A hormone imbalance? Your lifestyle? Or some other cause? If you conclude lifestyle is the cause, this will enhance your motivation to change it.
  • Experiment. When you adopt the SWLL you will make many changes. By experimenting you can choose palatable alternatives to some of the foods you currently eat and which activities to embrace.

Finally, you should read and think. Read this book. Pursue the ref­er­ences in it. Check out some of the rec­om­mend­ed read­ing.

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