Are you looking to achieve dramatic weight loss?
The phrase “dramatic weight loss” is used in 3 common situations. Firstly, it is banded around in the media, especially when a famous actor or actress appears publicly after losing a lot of weight. Another time we hear the phrase is when someone is seriously ill and loses a lot of weight. Lastly, there are the everyday people who get their act together and change their eating and exercise habits.
Can anyone achieve dramatic weight loss?
Everyone knows what to do, and how to go about losing weight, but it seems that most overweight or obese people are just stuck in the rut of daily bad habits. If you were to ask if they would prefer to be 20, 30 or even 50% lighter, they would answer that this would be great…. BUT….
- They are too busy.
- Its their hormones.
- They cant afford it.
- They have tried before and failed.
- They are under too much stress.
- They only go on a diet at New Year.
I have picked a few common excuses but there are many.
So, is dramatic weight loss a good thing? is it desirable? My view is that it can be, depending on the situation… But probably not.
Given the choice, I would tell you that weight loss is usually good… But you can keep your drama! I enjoy a good series or movie, but personal drama is now something that I try to avoid.
Why not go for steady, rewarding, satisfying weight loss?
Yes, it can be exciting losing weight and achieving your goals, and it can be disappointing and upsetting to realize that you have gained a lot of weight. But dramatic? Lets tone down the drama.
We want to try to control our minds so that we do not get “carried away” in our achievements or disappointments in relation to personal development. Life will invariably involve ups and downs, but do we want to be overly dramatic about it unless really necessary?
Getting into healthy routines, including eating nutritious foods and indulging in plenty of exercise will result in weight loss. This is not rocket science. But the feeling should involve a sense of purpose and conviction, with intermittent feelings of deep satisfaction.
Drama? No thanks… This is part of the problem.
It is the emotional dramatic side to our personalities that result in congratulating ourselves too early, or giving up after a few small obstacles.
Dramatic weight loss is also associated with yo yo dieting and over training. Way too much emotion and drama involved.
When you change your bad habits for good ones, the weight will fall off fairly quickly in the beginning, especially in the first few weeks. As you get used to your new life there will be plateaus or consolidation periods where you do not lose any weight at all.
That is no problem, someone looking for more dramatic weight loss might panic. Not me, I just give myself a pat on the back when I look back at how far I have come.
Later on in your journey there will be periods where your weight doesn’t change but your muscle to fat composition does. If you are eating well, and cranking up the exercise intensity you might even put on a little weight. If you are drama minded you might think that you are failing.
With a steady mind, you might monitor your body fat percentage and discover that during this period where you put on 5 pounds, your body fat percentage went from 18% to 12%. You are actually in far better shape, because you have looked at the bigger picture, not the drama.