Have you ever told yourself you are going to lose weight but then you find yourself not losing ANY or falling off the wagon? Have you tried every diet you could get your hands on? The Atkins diet, the Paleo diet, Nutristyem, Jenny Craig? Maybe they worked for a little while but as soon as you stopped all the weight you DID lose came creeping back on. These diets may help you lose weight for a short time but they aren't maintainable. You might be saying, well then how do I lose weight and keep it off?! There is not one simple answer. Sorry. However, I can point you in the right direction.
Naturally, as humans, we do really well with goal setting. Most of us have a goal to go to school, get a career, have a life/family, or something around those lines. Well where does your health fall into these goals? As far as I am concerned, it should be your number one goal and priority throughout your ENTIRE life . If it isn't right now, change it. OK, now that we are on the same page and your health is your number one priority, what are you going to do? Set-A-Goal. Set a goal for your health and well being. Sign up for a race, do a mud run, compete in a bodybuilding competition, hike a mountain, swim across a lake. Do whatever it is you like and can complete. Now that you have a goal in mind, how are you going to GET there?
The BIGGEST problem I see with people not losing weight is COMMITMENT. Why is that? Maybe it is the fact that people want a magic pill to change their body (sorry I don't make that), or maybe they aren't mentally ready, OR maybe it isn't a priority. Whatever it is that is standing in your way from achieving your goals, move it over and/or tackle it. Take that obstacle and use it as FUEL. Fuel your mind, body, and energy to commit to your fitness and health goals and go after what you have always wanted. Where there is a will there is a way.
Another common mistake I see is knowledge. Knowledge is power but if you don't know anything about fitness or nutrition then find someone who does! Google is not always right my friends nor are 800 calorie diets with extreme workouts. Working out and eating healthy is actually fun and it should never feel miserable. If being healthy is miserable to you then you are doing something wrong! Make sure you are talking with an educated fitness and/or nutrition specialist who can guide you in the right direction. exercise and proper nutrition (not starvation) are crucial.
Now think of a goal (short term and long term) and write it down. Give yourself the proper amount of time to go after that goal and succeed.
In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.