Weight loss, much like weight gain, is a sum of the lifestyle habits you create for yourself. True weight loss, true sustainable long-term weight loss, does not occur quickly, the same weight gain does not occur quickly. It occurs over time, at a slow and steady rate.
Weight loss can happen through a accumulation of positive lifestyle habits and changes, the same way weight gain is impacted by an accumulation of negative habits. Although many of us think weight loss occurs like the way it does on The Biggest Loser, that is not the case.
If you truly want to lose weight, you need to look at the big picture. What am I doing on a day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month basis to help me reach my goal? It is the small day-to-day choices like opting for salad instead of chips, cutting sugar out of your coffee, and taking your lunch to work that add up to big changes to help you lose weight.
Anyone can go on a 3-day juice cleanse or 2-week crash diet, but these efforts are short-sighted and don’t focus on long-term health. If you really want to lose weight, your goal should be to seek health and create a healthy lifestyle, not solely focus on a number on a scale. The reason this works is because when you focus on making choices that promote health, you WILL lose weight. I have seen this with myself, and time and time again with clients, which is why I know it works.
BUT, and this BUT is the clanger- you may not actually achieve any weight loss - BUT you might go down a dress size, you might be able to run further and faster, you may be able to exercise at a higher intensity and for longer. Not achieving weight loss does NOT mean you are not achieving. If you are following healthy lifestyle habits and you are exercising then you will be changing shape in your body as well as your mind.
Our Thirty Day Reset, is NOT a fad diet - it is about resetting ourselves by focusing on our choices to promote our health. Yes, through the Thirty Day Reset, you may lose weight - but this is a product of the lifestyle change - it is not the ultimate goal.
Weight loss is hands down the most common goal in the health and fitness industry, and if I was to venture a guess, I would say it is the least achieved goal as well. Sounds weird, right? If so many people have a goal of losing weight, why is it that so many people aren’t actually achieving it?
As a culture, we are obsessed with weight loss; it’s discussed everywhere - magazines, movies, news, and groups of friends everywhere. Whether it’s just to lose those “last 10 pounds” or a more extreme goal to lose hundreds of pounds, people are constantly creating weight loss goals for themselves. When I work with people individually one of the first things we talk about is their goals, and although different people have different goals, I would argue that more than 90% of people include the goal of weight loss.
The Weight Game. Do your scales tell you if your clothes fit better or if you are feeling more energetic? Do the scales tell you when you can get to the top of the stairs without your knees hurting or getting out of breath. No - so make your goal based on a fitness goal, a lifestyle goal and if you would like it based around on how your body looks then find a piece of clothing that you want to be able to fit into comfortably.
Don't let the scales sabotage your journey.
Yes, they can be part of the journey - but don't make them the be all and end all of your journey. You can achieve more than that.