Have you ever been on a restricted eating plan? I’m willing to put a bet on that you have, and I have a feeling that at some point you packed in that diet. Any mention of diet to most people brings up thoughts like: “I can’t eat that”, “I have to eat rabbit food”, or “I’m going to have to spend my entire life in the gym”.
Why? Why? The truth is, dieting is not a longterm approach. They are all short-term, which ultimately leads to no results, making you feel pretty crappy about yourself.
Whether that’s from excessive eating or lack of physical activity. The weight doesn’t just jump onto you overnight. It may take years of poor habits to get to your current level.
If it took 5-10 years to pile on all that weight, it won’t just fall off in a single week or even 12 weeks for some. There lies the answer, if it took a certain lifestyle to gain weight, it’s going to take a different lifestyle to take it off. It’s a permanent change in the way you live. Being in shape should be the result of how you live every day.
Cleaning up some daily habits will often do the trick. For example, if you drink a can of fizzy drink every day with your lunch change that for water. Just that one simple change added up over 1 year will result in a 16 pound difference. Add 30 minutes of physical activity 3-4 times a week and there’s at least another 12 pounds each year.
A great habit is to just drink water all day long – not only will you get the benefit of hydration you’ll also skip the extra calories from fizzy drinks, fruit juices and coffee mocha delights.
Take 1 year, and week by week, improve on your current habits with nutrition or physical activity. By the end of the year you will have seen results, all from those very slight changes. Losing weight doesn’t have to be restrictive or obsessive in any sense of the word. Take my macro counting for example, it doesn’t restrict what I eat, it just makes sure I’m eating the right things.
You’ve probably heard of someone getting liposuction or another form of weight reduction surgery. Often times they just gain every bit of the weight back, they got their quick fix, but in the end, their lifestyle just puts the weight back on.
If you’re just looking for some juice or fat-burner fads, I suggest you realign your thoughts on weight loss. Losing weight is a process, not an event. I bet you would like to maintain your weight once you get there. Dieting means you will eventually quit that behaviour and most likely rebound back to your previous weight.
You don’t want to fall into that cycle just like a yo-yo, going up and down and up and down. Weight loss is more than just a temporary fix, it’s a lifestyle change. Be like a rock, when a rock is dropped it just drops, and stays down.
If you’re wanting to start on your fitness and lifestyle “change up” journey, be sure to check out my YouTube channel soon and start your journey with me!