Weight Loss – Managing Expectations and Staying on Track
Weight loss is a mental challenge and not a physical one.
This is a very important fact that you must always remember during a weight loss journey.
Every day, thousands of people around the world decide they’re going to lose weight.
They get started off all excited and determined… and for the first 2 weeks or so, they’re motivated and on track.
By week 3, they start losing steam and by week 6, most have quit.
In this article, we’re going to look at why this happens and how to master your weight loss psychology to overcome the problem.
It’s not fast
If you take away one point from this entire article, let it be this – weight loss is a slow process. It really is.
Do not let the infomercials and the hype on diet pill labels fool you.
Depending on how many excess pounds you’re carrying, it can take weeks to several months before you see results.
In fact, you’ll see very little change in the first month.
Your face may seem a little slimmer, but it’ll not be that noticeable.
This is what throws most people off. They want to see visible results for all their effort…and they want to see it quick.
When they don’t see it in the first month, they throw in the towel and think that what they’re doing is not working.
Always remember that it’s a slow process. Give yourself at least 90 days and don’t expect to lose more than 2 pounds a week.
You may lose more on some weeks and less on others. But for the most part, 1 to 2 pounds a week is the norm.
You will slip up
It’s inevitable that you’ll slip up on your diet and skip a workout every now and then.
Nobody who has ever been on a weight loss journey has been 100 percent compliant from start to finish.
Life gets in the way. Your hormones can act up and cause cravings.
Emotional states can throw off your mood and you just say, “To hell with it!” and skip the workout.
It happens. It’s normal… and you’re just human.
Accept the fact that you’ll NOT do it perfectly. No one has. Then carry on with the journey anyway.
Correcting and carrying on
Once you slip up, you’ll need to assess why it happened then acknowledge that it did and strive to do better.
Do not quit, or just give up and binge eat all the way and forget the gym.
It’s like dropping your mobile phone accidentally. What do you do?
You quickly pick it up, dust it off and keep it more carefully. You don’t repeatedly smash your phone on the ground just because of one small mistake.
The same applies to your diet and training. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and carry on with the journey more carefully.
Adhere to these 3 pointers and you’ll reach your weight loss goal and get the body you desire. It will take time, effort and disappointments.
This is unavoidable and inevitable… but when you come out of it successfully, you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that you did it.
Your lean and healthy body will be proof that hard work, sacrifice and consistency pays off.
Slow progress is still progress. Keep going.