Simple ways to lose weight and keep it off, finally. You’ve likely heard this promise a million times before, often relating to specific exercise programs and strict food plans – and I bet you’ve even tried many of them. I know I have! The problem is that if they work at all, the results are short lived before the pounds find their way back to you – rapidly, usually. I know I have tried quite a few in the past and when I stopped, the pounds not only came back, but a few extra pounds seemed to come along for the ride! So, why is that?
There is an essential missing piece of the puzzle, and without that piece, you’ll stay stuck on the hamster wheel of meal plans or yo-yo diets and the quick fixes that just aren’t sustainable long term. The missing piece is quite simple – you have to start with the basics. There’s a lot of work to do first and foremost with changing your intentions and shifting your mindset before the real results come to stay.
It’s difficult to stay motivated when the only goal you have in mind is an incredible beach bod. That may sound funny, but truthfully — it’s not enough to keep you going. When you don’t attain that goal quickly enough, or you miss your workout two days in a row, you’ll start slipping or be ready to throw in the towel. Because just wanting a beach body is not enough. I know as I’ve been there. Motivation comes and goes.
Does that sound familiar? You’re incredibly motivated in the beginning, but results don’t show up fast enough, so you drop the entire idea. To break this cycle, you need to find a different reason for wanting to change. Your “Why”. Really dig deep. Your intentions for this need to come from the desire to treat your body well, live a healthy, long life – and a love for your own body, instead of a fear of it. (Yikes, that’s a hard one, right?)
The foundations must be in place for lasting change to grow and stay. Changing the lifestyle patterns that got you there is just a part of the equation. You must learn to love yourself – right this moment, just as you are. Let yourself know how beautiful you are and believe it! Through this love, you will desire to eat healthily and move to nourish the body you have (and love). You will be committed and that is one of the big keys to weight loss besides consistency and patience. You did not gain that weight over night and it is not going to come off in a couple of days. It is going to take time. Punishing yourself by eating strict foods you don’t enjoy, or working yourself crazy at the gym, is not a healthy or sustainable way of approaching your journey to health.
You’ve always been beautiful! Now you are just deciding to be happier, healthier and stronger!!