Don’t you find it exhausting to see the same search results come up whenever you Google for legitimate and effective ways to lose weight?
For example, “How to lose weight overnight!”, “5 ways to lose weight and not gain it back”, “Foods that help you lose weight immediately!”. It can get especially annoying when you test these alleged methods yourself but get no results and the only thing you probably obtained from all that, was another kilogram.
The truth you need to hear amidst all of this, is that they will never truly work unless you have a complete understanding of how weight loss works, plus an exceptional level of motivation. Even if they do work for you, it may be an unhealthy method and will put you at risk of many health problems, especially if you follow a rapid weight loss diet for many weeks.
Therefore, it would be advisable to grasp these following points to not only help you kick start your weight loss journey but also prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the obstacles that are bound to come your way.
There is no quick fix to losing weight
People often mistaken losing weight as something they can achieve overnight. “I just won’t eat for the whole day” is a common misconception that run on the minds of those who want a quick fix.
It’s wrong to say that you won’t be able to do it, because you most definitely can. But have pity on your body as it can only do so much in such a short time. And these strategies will always come back to bite you due to their ineffectiveness in keeping the weight off.
You need BOTH exercise and a healthy diet
Exercising alone can’t help you lose your desired weight when you don’t even consume the right nutrients to support your weight loss. The same goes for only depending on diets. You can’t simply take up those ‘miracle diets’ that are being marketed out there and think it’ll all be okay.
Know that these two factors work synergistically together. They are a power team, and if you solely depend on one of them, then the future won’t look so great for you and your body.
Remember to be consistent
The thought of having shed a few kilograms after everything you went through is certainly a rewarding feeling. However, don’t let it get to your head and start ripping out the first packet of Oreos you see.
It is extremely important that you practice self-control and self-discipline to ensure you don’t get lazy and start gaining what you’ve worked so hard to get rid of. Don’t forget that exercising, healthy eating and just generally feeling great about your body are what you need to work hard to maintain, so it can benefit you in the long run.
Always think positive!
The sight of a number on the scale not decreasing or the fatty culprit in your belly that won’t disappear, can trigger you emotionally and mentally. You may be thinking you can’t lose weight at all because your progress is slow. But please understand that everyone’s body is different. It is perfectly normal for someone to lose weight faster or slower than another person.
There are certain factors to consider like your family history, your metabolism, your activity level, your age, your gender etc. Thus, you shouldn’t look down on yourself just because you didn’t achieve your goal as quickly as some do. Keep your chin up, leave no room for negativity and you will get there no matter what!
The process of losing weight and everything else that comes along with it, is not something that can be done in a day’s work. Sometimes you’d even feel like none of what you’re going through is worth it.
Nevertheless, just know that the countless body aches you encounter, is a sign of progress. The emotional pain you feel when nothing is going your way, is completely normal. And the lethargic feeling taking over you when you don’t feel like continuing, is just a small setback.
So don’t lose hope in yourself because these little things will lead to an even bigger and better outcome, not just for your body but also you as a person.
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