After watching The Biggest Loser after many seasons, it seems that all one has to do is to work really hard and eat right to lose massive amounts of weight quickly. Oh, and have a couple of good trainers. That’s all well and good. It sure seems easy enough, right? Wrong!
You see, it’s also very deceiving. Life just ain’t gonna give you those kind of results. I mean, losing 20 lbs in one week? Geez! There is only one real way that I know of to lose weight and keep it off. And that is consistency. Simply being consistent, day in and day out, will keep you on track to lose a lot of weight…..over time…
The first thing to make this happen is that you have to want it. Yes, desire is very important. My friend and business partner, Dr. Lori Shemek, mentions this quite a lot. If you don’t have that, you won’t stay with the next part of the equation.
The very next you need to do is to set a goal. How much weight you want to lose and by when should be your objective. Focus on losing 1-2 lbs per week. And that depends on your effort. That comes out to 4-8 lbs per month and 52 to 104 lbs per year. Start from where you are at and calculate how much and by what period of time to get you’ll need.
Once you have a date in mind, then you’ll need a plan, a support system and the right motivation. I would suggest that you visualize having reached your goal. Imagine what you would feel like at that time and how you day-to-day activities would be like. How does the lighter you carry herself? Does she smile? Is she still working out and eating right? What is her mindset like?
From there, you have a picture of your future. Now, make a plan to reach it. In goal-planning, keep it as a SMART goal. I have another article that addresses that and so does Dr. Lori Shemek. In your plan, look at your nutrition and exercise. Incorporate that. Think of food as feeding your cells and fueling your body. BTW, you can still eat delicious meals that are very healthy. It simply takes some extra effort. Planning your meals is important.
Another key part of this is exercise. And you don’t need a gym either. Now here’s the tricky part, time. Since consistency is the key here, you’ve got make some time for this. The less time you have the higher intensity level you’ll need. Or, add in an extra workout in another part of the day. For example, you can do 3 10 minute workouts for a total of 30 minutes for the day. What can you do in 10 minutes? Let’s see…how about doing 3 sets of 25 squats or 2 sets of 25 squats combined with 15-20 push-ups. And that’s from the comfort of your desk area. Or even a lounge area. Just use what is offered and do it.
Track your weight each week by journaling it. Speaking of which, yes, keep a journal for all your activities and what you eat. At the end of each day, write in it all your successes. The things you were able to do that was hard, but well worth it. This will help keep your motivation high and your desire strong. Knowing that you are doing what you need to do in order to reach your goal.
At the end of each month during your journey, give yourself a reward for keeping on track. Now, if you happen to slip up…let it go…it happens. So what. Just keep moving forward and make adjustments, if necessary. Always be consistent. Get support from those that really want to help you. If you have to get a coach and/or trainer, do it. Support from the right people is another key to staying consistent. Surround yourself with those that are on the same journey. There may be a group in your area that you can associate with. Get friends who are fitness-minded.
Now that you have the tools you will need on this journey. Simply take action. Do it now. I wish you success as you consistently lose weight the healthy way.
Bob Choat works as a Peak Performance Coach & Trainer and is focused on people in every industry reach a higher level in their lives.
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