Don’t over-think this, permanent weight loss isn’t as hard as many people think it is, here’s a couple of top tips…
Two weeks in to January.
Just hitting week three.
According to surveys, this is the week “most” people give up on all the ‘new year, new me’ stuff, the diet, the weight loss efforts, the gym, all that.
So, if you are still fired up, motivated, enjoying it and pushing forward - kudos to you, well done, you are doing better than most.
But if you are struggling, here are two thoughts from someone who did it, pushed through, stuck it out and lost the weight, 101 pounds of it, and kept it off, now some 12 years later.
Perfection is bull****
Don’t strive for perfect.
Don’t be that person who ate one bad thing, made one small mistake, and then decided that everything had gone to rat sh*t as a result.
I’ve seen that so many times.
January 16th: “OMG, someone offered me a biscuit at work, by the coffee machine, I ate it, oh well that’s the diet screwed then, sod it, might as well cancel the gym membership and order pizza tonight and open a 6-pack of beers!”
Don’t be hard on yourself, it was just one small slip up, boo hoo, get over it and move on.
I can assure you, success comes from getting it right 90% of the time, not from being too hard on yourself all the time chasing 100% perfection.
So the only thing you should give up in the 3rd week of January, is this ‘set-yourself-up-to-fail’ idea of chasing ‘perfect’.
Let that go, and you’ll give yourself permission to be humanly imperfect, which is just what you need to be to navigate the crazy times we live in and keep making forward progress.
Once you have let go of the trap of perfect, you’ll be far better equipped to survive the ups and downs of life, which is what you need to achieve success with Tip #2 - stick with it, foe the long haul, be consistent.
The number one pitfall for most people, is ‘fad diet mentality’.
A fad diet is just that - a fad. A temporary change in behaviour that will likely deliver you a temporary change in your results.
You eat less for a few weeks or months, and you weigh less for a few weeks or months.
When you return to eating how you always have, guess what? Yep, the weight returns too.
It’s the ultimate frustrating hamster wheel of modern life.
Instead, you need to adopt a permanent healthy lifestyle, to achieve, keep and enjoy, permanent weight loss results.
If your new January regime has involved cutting back on sugary foods, eating smaller meals, exercising more often or drinking less booze, that’s great, well done you. Now understand that sticking to it, making these changes at a level you can enjoy your life and stick to the changes long term, permanently, will give you long-term, permanent results.
If you want these changes to last, if you want 2019 to be the year you finally break the yo-yo diet cycle, then employ these two tips to work to your advantage:
- Give up on perfection, just ‘be good’ and aim to make progress on your former self. Don’t berate yourself for small mistakes, just keep on moving forward
- Stick to it. Don’t be an all-or-nothing maniac, don’t be a quitter, just be consistent. Put good new habits in place, at a level you can live with and enjoy, and stick to it through January, February and onward from there
Achieving weight loss isn’t as hard as many people think, permanent results are achievable, you just have to know what to do and apply yourself to it. If you want more help and simple tips and guidance, plus a full 28-day meal plan and home exercise routines for all levels and abilities, check out my brilliant little book on Amazon Kindle and it just might help keep you on track.
To your 2019, your year!
In good health!