Some people think (or hope) when they set off on weight loss journey that they will lose set amount of weight every week e.g. lose 1lb every week, and that it will follow a straight line. They tend to get frustrated if this doesn’t happen, and some times they may stop because they think they are not making progress.
The reality is that there will be ups and downs, but if you do the right things, over time there will be a downward trajectory .
A few tips for holding the course:
1. Trust the process
If you have studied what to do, or got good advice, then trust the process, especially if the process involved looking at it holistically and not just focussing on one element. For example, if one just focussed on diet/ food alone, and one is not getting enough sleep, then sooner or later the sleep deprivation will get the better of things and undo all the good work on the nutrition side.
2. Any change takes time
This is very important. The body takes time to adjust. Any significant change can take 1-2 weeks to start showing up. So don’t stop, or don’t radically change the plan everyday without giving it enough time to show up. Ideally make one major change and allow 2 weeks to see if that makes an improvement. If it does, continue, if you feel it is not, then make another adjust and allow that another 2 weeks to settle in before making any other change.
3. Be patient with yourself
It is vital that if you want to sustain the improvements for the long term, that you are patient with yourself. One might be able to drop a large amount of weight in short term, but often that involves special diets, or restrictive food. This can make life more challenging, or may not be as enjoyable to live life e.g. you may not go out for dinner to celebrate special event, or if you do go out you may not eat what you would really like to eat. Life is for living, so you should be able to enjoy what you do on an ongoing basis. So be patient with your weight loss journey and cut yourself some slack so that it is sustainable for the long term.
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