Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a different secret formula to weight loss success. However, I’ve found that most of what people will tell you is oversimplified- dumbed down to sound great in a Tweet or look cool on a picture. But, ignoring the moving pieces that affect our ability to lose weight and keep it off, is precisely why we’re stuck. And for many of us, being stuck makes us feel like something is wrong with us. We start to believe that we are just too weak, unmotivated, or in love with food to do what it takes. When the truth is, we’re just trying to drive a car with the emergency brake on. And, we’ve been told that it’s normal.
Nothing happens in a vacuum. When we are aware of all of the facets of life that affect our ability to follow through on beneficial food choices and consistent exercise, we are empowered. We can begin to see which areas are holding us back. And, we can finally stop pouring all of our energy into trying to eat right and exercise if there are other things we need to address first.
We open ourselves up to discover and address the real problem. The real thing that has held us back. And, that is how we end the insanity and finally step off of the emotional rollercoaster that this whole process can be at times.
Here are the five areas that we must consider if we ever want to lose the weight for good.
Motivation is the “want to” behind the “how to”. How many times have we read an article, blog or book and discovered strategies that could help us move toward our goal and then did absolutely nothing about it? Too many, right? Without the motivation to take action, knowledge isn’t powerful. As a matter of fact, it can be stifling.
Knowing what to do without taking action on that knowledge causes us to question why we won’t just do what we know to do. The answer is, we haven’t given attention to creating the motivation that we need to take action.
Motivation at its simplest level is just a reason for action. To become motivated, we have to identify why we want the change that we want. And, the more clear and emotional our reason, the more likely we are to take action.
Our perception is our reality- even if it’s not THE reality. This is why two people who face the same challenge under similar circumstances can have dramatically different responses and outcomes. When we invest the time and effort to cultivate a determined mindset, we see the possibility even in the midst of a problem. This ability to flip our perspective is what gives us the courage to start when the task seems insurmountable and keeps us going when times get difficult.
You can’t out train a poor diet. So, while we don’t need to become a Food Accountant with incessant calorie counting and macro tracking, we do have to pay attention to our food choices. I go into great detail in a different blog post about the simple way to eat for sustainable weight loss without giving up the foods you love. And, the Figure Friendly Checklist is an excellent tool to help you tweak the meals that you already love to give you the results that you want.
Fitness / Movement
While you can’t out train a poor diet, you can train yourself out of reasonable eating. This fact is often overlooked in our current culture. Beast mode and no days off are glorified far above efficient exercise. However, too many beast mode sessions too frequently can be the exact reason why we end up on team #TheStruggleIsReal when it comes to our food choices. In a different blog, I go into detail about how to build a weekly workout schedule that gets results without wearing you out or spiking your appetite.
This component of losing the weight for good is rarely discussed in fitness circles. Yet, it is the reason why so many of us struggle. How often do we eat junk food because it’s convenient and we don’t have Figure Friendly food readily available? Often, right?
As a matter of fact, neglecting to cultivate a lifestyle that makes following through on our food and fitness intentions guarantees frustration. We will bounce back and forth between two extremes. We may be hyper-focused on our fitness and food to the detriment of our home lives. Or, we are constantly putting out fires at home and work to the detriment of our weight loss pursuits. Either alternative is frustrating. Addressing lifestyle issues is the only way to remedy that struggle.
So, you see sustainable weight loss can’t be dumbed down into a cute little formula with one or two parts. And, trying to do so leaves us struggling and confused about our lack of follow through and results. Evaluating where you are in regards to all five pillars of sustainable weight loss and addressing the ones where you struggle is the real key to lasting results.
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So, what did you think of all of this? Did you have any aha moments while reading this post? Have other areas that you think are important too? Sound off in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.