Do you need to lose weight? Have you known this for a long time? Maybe you have tried tactics that made you feel exhausted, weak, hungry or helpless.
I do not know anyone who has “gone on a diet” and then kept the weight off.
Not a single person…
The only people I know of who have become slim and healthy focused on eating for fat loss, then created these long-term habits for themselves.
Eating for fat loss?
Eating for fat loss sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?
If overeating makes you overweight, then why would you focus on eating for fat loss? It is like fighting for peace, or fornicating for virginity isn’t it?
Most failed weight loss techniques involve tactics that are difficult to follow and are unsustainable:
- Counting calories or points for different portions of food. Then recording these as you estimate the weight, or actually weigh how many grams are in each portion. Does that sound like something that you will keep doing for the rest of your life?
- Getting up early in the morning for a run before breakfast even though you are a “night owl” and find it hard to wake up in the mornings.
- Going to the gym three times a week with a “Drill Sergeant” type fitness instructor who pushes you so hard that you regularly feel like vomiting and/or feinting.
- Only drinking weight loss shakes and diet bars, and only 3 per day…
There are many more examples that we can think of, but the bottom line is:
What is not sustainable will not be sustained.
Real, lasting change might take willpower and effort in the beginning whilst new habits are formed, but the real change is permanent.
We all hear of actors and actresses that have slimmed down or bulked up for a movie, extreme body transformation is certainly possible. But for the average person who does not have personal chefs, nutritionists, dietitians and personal trainers, it is unrealistic and unnecessary for any drastic fat loss or extreme muscle gain.
The better path is to change your habits gradually, ensuring one at a time becomes ingrained into who you are.
Can you get up and run 5 miles before breakfast every day for the rest of your life?
But a better question for now might be:
This is a question that is easy to answer. The new habit is likely to be easy to form and once formed can be maintained for the rest of your life. Of course, you are not going to lose lots of weight or increase your fitness levels simply by substituting fresh fruit juice for soft drinks, but it would be a good start. Then you can work on the next habit.
I think so…
Then, the healthy momentum gives you more power
After perhaps 5 of these healthy diet substitutions you will start to gain momentum. The hardest part of any task is getting started, we all know this. In the beginning of a new path we need some easy wins to reinforce our self-esteem. We need to realize that yes, we can do this, we can achieve our goals.
A few weeks or months down the road you will already be seeing and feeling the benefits of the different small sustainable changes that you have made to your everyday life.
You might not have kept up the “intense boxer aerobics master class” lessons…
But you have managed to take 3×30 minute brisk walks every week.
This is the path to sustainable life transformation. The key is to chase life and all it offers. Make changes that are easily achieved that create a snowball effect.
You are not punishing your body with a “no pain no gain” workout philosophy, you are rewarding your body by taking moderate enjoyable satisfying physical activities.
You are not starving, depriving or dieting for weight loss, you are rewarding your body by eating for fat loss, and eating nutritious, life-giving delicious foods.