Wait, don’t go on that diet! You can haven freedom from diets and get what you really want, which is to lose weight and keep the weight off.

It is possible, but it will take a little work. It’s not a magic fix, but it can be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself.

A diet is a hope or a wish wrapped in a partial truth. To lose weight we have to eat different than we have, which is what a diet is. However, that’s just part of the truth.

Even though we know the diet won’t fix us, we hope, we wish, that we will be the size we desire for the rest of our lives. That’s the part a diet doesn’t offer us, but it’s why we go on the diet in the first place. That makes the diet a partial truth wrapped up in a wish for more.

Change Is Possible

There is only one way to keep the weight off. We have to change our lifestyles. That change has to address everything in our lives including what we eat, how we move, how much sleep we get, how we work, how we play, how we handle stress, how we reward ourselves, how we handle our emotions and what we really and truly believe abut God.

The reason commercials that say things like lose 20 pounds in a month bring in customers is because they speak to what we really want. We want to keep the weight off but not change the way we eat forever. We don’t even think changing is really possible.

I’m living proof that with God, change is possible. I once weighed 430 pounds. Crazy, but true. After losing more than 250 pounds and have kept if off for five years, I’m feeling like a halfway normal human being.

The latest, greatest diet is where we have placed our hope or wish. When we gain the weight back, we lose what little hope we had and just give up.

Secure Promise

In this day and age, hope has lost its meaning entirely. We use as a synonym for wish. I hope it won’t rain today. I wish I could lose 20 pounds.

The real meaning of hope, though, is biblical. It is a secure promise. When God is involved, what He has promised us, what He desires for our lives will happen. We can bank on it.

“God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.  Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest,” Hebrews 6:18-20 NLT

The hope we build based on what God wants for us is a strong and trustworthy anchor, a sure thing, what we stake our lives on no matter what comes our way. 

With God, my biggest mess has become my greatest message and it can be for you, too. First, though, we have to trust Him enough to allow Him to remove the obstacles that keep us from trusting Him enough to do what He shows us to do.

Working through freedom principles with several different coaches helped me understand how to embrace total lifestyle change. I had many emotional roots that had to be dealt with before I could trust God to provide for me, protect me, comfort me, lead me, teach me who I am and be a companion to me.

I had to give up my need to respond to every one of the latest, greatest diets which experience had taught me don’t work in the long run. I had to surrender my bad habits and put good ones in their place.

I had to understand where my fears, needs, desires and dreams had gotten side-tracked. I had to understand that when they got side-tracked, they also derailed my absolute trust in God. And I had to understand how to trust God to help me.

Letting God Lead

My issue wasn’t learning what diet I needed to incorporate, it was allowing God to lead me to become the person He wants me to be—body, soul and spirit.

When I finally understood how to do work through all of these things, it didn’t just change my weight, it changed my entire life.

Because freedom coaching concepts radically changed my life, I now work to help others identify and deal with the core issues holding them back. Once they understand that, they can go forward to the lives they’ve always dreamed about.

Join me for the next session of VIP Freedom Coaching. Signup deadline is midnight, September 15. I will work one-on-one with you for six private sessions. I’ll also provide video teachings in a private Facebook group where you can ask questions in between our one-on-one sessions.

There’s nothing like watching the barriers that have been erected to keep you from living your best life simply crash to the ground. I’m ready to go deep with you. Let’s do this/

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has four more books, "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon and under the book tab on her website. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab. Also check out her blog at TeresaShieldsParker.com.