Weight loss feels impossible. I know.
But here’s the bad news, it becomes even harder once you reach your goal weight.
Many of you might be aware of this yourself. Maybe you’ve tried losing weight in past, but witnessed it slowly creep back up after the diets end.
Curious why your diets never produce lasting results? It’s simple. The popular diets that people choose don’t focus enough on developing habits or behaviors.
Do diets really help with weight loss?
We love diets. Like seriously love diets.
In fact, Marketdata projected that Americans would be spending $70.3 billion dollars on dieting in 2018.
With that amount of money spent on weight loss diets, you think Americans should be losing weight right?
Well guess again.
Trends show that obesity rates have been progressively rising for the past few decades. Although the most current data hasn’t been released yet, it’s pretty clear that our increased spending on weight loss solutions haven’t been hitting the mark.
So why haven’t diets been working out for us?
The reason why diets are broken
Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re trying to ask me for advice on how to get from couch potato to the fittest shape of your life:
You: “Yajen, I haven’t been exercising for the past 2 years, but I’m pretty committed to getting in amazing shape this year. What should I do?”
Me: “Well that’s easy, I want you to go run 10 miles a day, every day, for 3 straight months. You’ll be in the greatest shape of your life!”
After this conversation ends, 3 things would happen:
- I would slap myself for giving out stupid advice
- You would probably throw up on day 1, day 2, day 3, and so on
- You would give up on exercise for the rest of your life
P.S. I wouldn’t actually advise you to go run 10 miles a day, every day, for 3 straight months. Especially starting from zero.
That would be really stupid advice right? That’s common sense right there.
But what do we usually do when we start a new diet?
“I’m gonna follow this diet plan every day for the next 12 weeks.”
“This month is going to be the month that I go vegetarian.”
“No more junk food for the rest of 2019.”
Sounds familiar? Did it work?
The power of habit
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Will Durant
What if weight gain wasn’t the problem? What weight gain was just the side effect of the real problem – us not taking care of our bodies in the way that we were meant to take care of them?
Weight gain doesn’t happen overnight. The process of weight gain is essentially this:
You adopt a new bad habit and do a really great job at sticking to that habit for weeks, months, or sometimes even years. In fact, you do such a great job that now you have no problem maintaining that 40 pounds that you’ve put on!
I know it sounds a bit silly, but if you really think about it, isn’t that what happened?
So the real problem here is not weight gain, but rather the habits and behaviors that resulted in the effect of weight gain.
So why do we focus all of our effort on changing that number on the scale? Shouldn’t we be focusing on changing our habits and behaviors to prevent weight gain?
Habits that guarantee weight loss
Weight loss can feel tough, but that’s because many people over complicate it. You don’t need to know how many calories go in everything or how many ounces of rice you eat.
What you do need to know is how to build a plan and stick to it. Take the example of someone who is already a healthy weight.
You don’t see healthy individuals walking around tracking every macro-nutrient in their breakfast burrito. Not most of them at least.
This is a quick comparison of some of the main decisions that determine weight loss.
Now look, I’m not saying that it’s easy to make these big behavioral changes. But at the end of the day, you do or you don’t right?
Why your weight loss isn’t important enough
You need to get out there and just start and mess up. Miss a workout, eat a whole pizza, but find out why that mistake happened and fix it. That’s honestly the only way.
Maybe you were pissed off at your partner for saying something mean, so you decided to clean out a family-sized bag of Cheetos. You’ve got to figure out how you’ll choose to deal with that. Those are the real problems.
Me and my clients are regular humans. We screw up all the time. I remember a time where I would always grab a box of cookies when I went grocery shopping. Those cookies would sit on my desk and magically disappear in a day.
Yes, this personal trainer is the real cookie monster. Pretty big problem right?
But the fix was simple. Don’t leave a box of cookies on my desk. Leave it elsewhere. Somewhere that I won’t have regular and easy access to during potentially stressful states.
And that’s how you can fix the never ending struggle of weight loss.
No time to meal prep? Simple, look for quick to make recipes or healthy dining alternatives.
No time to work out? Go run for 20 minutes every day right before you shower.
Don’t have 20 minutes to spend improving yourself? Tough. You’re either grossly mismanaging your time or weight loss just might not be important enough to you.
But if it is, go now and just start.
The solution to weight loss
We all know what it takes to lose weight. In fact, I can list out pretty much every little step that it’ll take.
99% of people won’t take the initiative to even give these a try. Even those that say they want to lose weight.
But if you feel like you’ve suffered long enough and are finally committed to making the change, answer this one question in the comments section below, and I’ll give you a straight answer as to how you can fix it.
What is the one thing that, if you changed today, would revolutionize your weight loss results forever?
Comment down below, put down your phone, and go start today. Start something, anything, as long as you start. It’s 100% OK to mess up. It’ll help show you exactly what you need to fix.
Thanks for reading. 🙂