How to Transfer Your Life Skills to Your Weight Loss

In your lifetime you have accumulated a skill set that helped you progress in your life. If you’re like a lot of people you may not even know how powerful your skills are or the many ways you can apply them to achieve amazing results.

Your most basic skill was developed early in life, in infancy, to be exact You developed the skill of:dreamstime_s_12927832

Feeding Yourself

Sometime in your first year you learned how to pick up little bits of food and deliver them to your mouth. It took concentration. You needed to think about what you were grasping and how to get it into your mouth. This attention to eating is a skill you can transfer to your weight loss for better progress. Think about what you’re picking up to put in your mouth. If you’re not hungry don’t pick it up. If you’re hungry consider what will be the most satisfying and how it will contribute to your daily nutrients and calories. Remember food can’t get into your mouth if you don’t put it there  You have all the power!


Late in your first year or early in your second you learned the skill of walking.  Keep practicing walking. Aim for 10,000 steps daily. It’s an easy goal to achieve with just a little attention and extremely effective for weight loss and maintenance success.

Adding and Subtracting 

Math skills are extremely helpful for weight loss. Simply put, subtracting calories is essential for subtracting pounds  The smart way to subtract calories is to add nutritious foods to your menu. By choosing foods you enjoy that are also nutritious and low-energy density you can stay full, satisfied and on track to reach your goal.

Adding treats into your food plan is important. It makes your weight management efforts livable and sustainable. The mistake people make when it comes to weight loss is focusing too much on subtraction and ignoring addition.

These skills are just a few of the most basic skills you learned and perfected early in life. There are many more skills you have learned and developed in your life  you learned to:

Read – read labels and recipes

Sort and Organize – sort and organize your personal enviro to support your health and weight-related goals.

Plan – plan how to avoid mindless and emotional eating traps  Having plans in place can prevent slip ups and lapses.

Consider all the skills you’ve learned and apply them to your weight loss. When you think off all the things you have learned and became capable of performing it’s obvious that you can be successful at weight loss!



Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.