Lets be honest, weight loss isn’t easy. Weight loss doesn’t just boil down to you doing some extra walking and bam, you lose 10 pounds. Weight loss requires many resets on personal behaviors, and everyday activities. Today, just for fun, I am going to highlight the major things I have noticed in weight loss success stories! Perhaps this will put you in the frame of mind you need to reach the results you are looking for! Enjoy!
Be Patient and Embrace the Process- We are all guilty of wanting immediate results in most everything we do, but it just doesn’t work that way in the gym, unless you are on The Biggest Loser(I will save that for another day). I always start a relationship with a client by telling them “you will notice results by month 3”. Some trainers will tell you that you can reach your peak in a month, but people who make those types of promises are usually full of it! Embrace the process and appreciate what you have achieved EVERYTIME you challenge your body with a good workout! I wouldn’t be fully immersed in this lifestyle if it wasn’t fun, trust me, you will learn to love it with time too!
Set Goals Everyday- In order to change who you are you must set challenging, everyday goals! Meaning you write in a daily log, for example, “today, I Carl Johnson, will exercise for no less than 30 minutes.” or “Today I will eat only 1 chocolate treat at work, instead of the usual 4” Once you have achieved your goal, take a pen and cross the goal out! There are few things more empowering than acknowledging that you knocked that goal out!
Don’t Weigh Yourself- Don’t obsess about the scale. Weighing yourself goes against embracing the journey! If you are stepping on the scale daily, all of the fluctuations will drive you insane! Ever heard the saying “a watched pot of water, won’t boil”? Same thing here! Check your weight once a month and again, don’t obsess about the scale!
Modify Diet, Don’t Restrict Calories- As you probably know, I am a big believer in myfitnesspal, which is a system you can use, for free online, to journal your food. I truly believe one should log food consumption and analyze the number of grams of fat, carbohydrates, and protein to determine the correct plan of action to move forward with weight loss. Which leads to my next point!
Get Help- Seek professional advice for your approach to both diet and exercise! If you want the safest and most efficient approach to the battle get help! Yes, I am a little biased, but I also know the vast amount of bad information out in internet world that could not only halt your progress, but lead you to injury too! Follow the link below if you would like help with diet or exercise!
Celebrate Every Success- This goes back to embracing the journey! You should celebrate every small success, even if that small success is you going to the gym when you are a little tired! Every small victory sends you a little closer to your end goal, so celebrate them!
Lift Heavy and Vary Your Workouts- A common mistake made by rookies is to just stay on a treadmill or elliptical and expect something to happen! If this is you, it is likely(unless you are a god of nutrition) you haven’t seen great results. Heavy lifting taxes your bodies muscular structures, causing increased hormone production, and metabolism boosts that lead to results! This is the part I help with and I could go on and on but I don’t want to bore!
Hope this has been helpful! Thanks for reading!