I think we all can agree that trying to lose weight sucks. It’s hard, it takes forever, sometimes you can go weeks without losing anything, and it’s just annoying in general. Over the years I’ve lost 85 pounds (still working towards my goal weight!) and I tend to see the same mistakes made over and over from people starting their journey. Whether it’s friends or people online, here are my top 5.
NOTE: If you are planning on losing weight, please consult your doctor. They’ll be able to give you the best advice about how to do it. Thank you!
- You want to go from 0-100 in the blink of an eye. I hear all the time about how tomorrow things are going to change. You’re going to get up at 6am, workout for 2 hours, only eat a small amount of calories, cut out all sugar, and only eat healthy. Heck, even I’ve done that. But here’s the thing, you wouldn’t decide that tomorrow you’re going to run a marathon without any training. Why would you do the same with weight loss? While I totally applaud the willingness to change, it’s okay to take things slow. Try starting off with simple diet changes – substituting in fruits and veggies where you might otherwise eat junk food. Then once that’s going well, start incorporating in gym time. You want to set yourself up to win and this will give you the best chance to do that.
- There’s no quick fix. I know, I wish there was some magic pill that you could take that would make the weight fall off. It’s so easy (and fun) to get caught up in all hype that surrounds diet pills and magic wraps, but I think we both know that those aren’t long term solutions. While they may help you lose water weight, all of the weight is going to return as soon as you stop using them.
- Losing weight isn’t looked at as a lifestyle change. The problem with diets is that not only are they impossible for a lot of people to keep up with, but they don’t teach you the skills needed once you stop them. Sure, it’s easy to do low carb for a little bit. But are you honestly never going to eat bread or pasta ever again? Probably not. Instead of denying yourself food that you enjoy, work it into your daily calories. I still eat everything I once ate, I just eat less of it and more of the healthy stuff. I mean, I could never give up tacos or chocolate. That’s crazy talk.
- If you fall off the train, you tell yourself you’ll start again tomorrow. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve grabbed some sort of work provided snack and then realized later exactly how many calories were in it. It’s discouraging. But it’s important that I don’t let that ruin my day. Your mind wants to say, “well today is a wash, might as well eat whatever I want and start up again tomorrow”. You have to say no. In the grand scheme of things, that one donut won’t ruin your week. But eating whatever you want and not tracking for the day will. If you fall off the train, you need to get right back on again.
- There isn’t enough emphasis put on your diet. Real talk here – losing weight is basically all about the food that you eat. Calories in versus calories out. If you aren’t keeping track of how much you’re eating every day, you’re going to have a hard time losing weight. That’s not to say that exercise isn’t important. It’s pretty awesome and has a ton of other amazing benefits so you should incorporate it into your daily routine. But if you can’t exercise or you don’t have time, keep your calorie count on point. Soon you’ll start looking and feeling great!
Weight loss can be discouraging and it’s a lot easier to give up than push through. But I promise that if you stick with it, you’ll see the results you want.
What’s one positive thing that has happened to you this week?
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