Weight Loss And The Theory Of Constraints

It's always been fascinating to​ me how business,​ finance and weight loss parallel one another.

Take a​ personal bank account for instance. if​ you add more to​ it​ than you take out of​ it,​ your account will grow bigger and bigger. the​ same is​ true with your body. if​ you put more into it​ through eating than you take out of​ it​ through activity it​ will grow bigger and bigger. That's a​ simple truth isn't it?

What about a​ business? if​ a​ business owner doesn't watch his business on​ a​ daily basis and take action when necessary his business will most probably fail. the​ same is​ true with a​ weight loss program. if​ it's not monitored on​ a​ daily basis and action taken when necessary it​ will fail. Most businesses fail. So do most weight loss programs. That's a​ simple truth also.

I've been an​ industrial engineer all my life and years ago I read a​ book that pertained to​ manufacturing by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt,​ an​ Israeli physicist,​ entitled "The Theory of​ Constraints".

The core idea in​ the​ Theory of​ Constraints is​ that every real system,​ such as​ a​ profit-making enterprise,​ must have at​ least one constraint.

If it​ were not true,​ then the​ system would produce an​ infinite amount of​ whatever it​ strives for. in​ the​ case of​ a​ profit-making enterprise,​ it​ would be infinite profits.

Because a​ constraint is​ a​ factor that limits the​ system from getting more of​ whatever it​ strives for,​ then a​ business manager who wants more profits must manage the​ constraint.

There really is​ no choice in​ the​ matter. Either you manage constraints or​ they manage you. the​ constraints will determine the​ output of​ the​ system whether they are acknowledged and managed or​ not.

There can be many constraints in​ a​ business but I found out in​ my engineering career there is​ usually a​ primary one. All constraints must be managed but by focusing the​ most attention on​ the​ primary one,​ whatever is​ being strived for will improve. Perfection is​ never achieved but improvement can be accomplished.

It's a​ constant battle.

Does the​ Theory of​ Constraints apply to​ weight loss? Absolutely! if​ there were no constraints to​ weight loss then none of​ us would be fat. Dieters can achieve improvement by focusing on​ their primary constraint the​ same as​ the​ business manager,​ even though all constraints must be managed.

It's a​ constant battle.

So what is​ the​ primary constraint to​ weight loss? I think it's universal to​ all dieters. the​ cartoon character Pogo,​ by Walt Kelly,​ said it​ best. "We have met the​ enemy and he is​ us."

Yep. the​ primary constraint to​ weight loss is​ between our ears. we​ prefer sitting on​ the​ couch and indulging in​ the​ pleasures of​ the​ moment rather than striving for what we​ would like to​ have in​ the​ future. as​ far as​ weight loss is​ concerned we​ might as​ well be hunting for unicorns or​ searching for pots of​ gold at​ the​ end of​ rainbows. We're just as​ likely to​ find them as​ to​ lose weight.

Good information on​ weight loss is​ abundant but to​ lose weight you must become proactive. Knowledge is​ not enough. You've got to​ work on​ that primary constraint. You've got to​ get off that couch and DO SOMETHING. I wish you the​ best.

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