There is a big misconception that losing weight is supposed to be easy.
That belief leads people to question what is wrong with themselves for not being able to follow their plan. They beat themselves up and then move from program to program looking for that magic solution to their lifelong problem.
Yes – weight loss is a fairly simple and rational concept. But the process of change is usually a hard and emotional journey.
Losing weight means change. And change, which is the process of overcoming years of faulty programming, is not an easy thing to do.
You Already Know How to Lose Weight
My guess is you are a smart person who already knows what needs to be done to lose weight – move your body more, eat healthy, yada yada yada (bonus points if you got that TV reference).
There’s nothing wrong with you for not being able to consistently implement your plan. It’s not an intelligence issue. It’s a behavioral issue that’s driven by complex psychological forces.
These psychological forces express themselves through nutrition and exercise behaviors. And the sum of these behaviors is what you see in the mirror today.
Expect To Struggle
Struggles are a natural part of the change process. You can’t avoid them or find shortcuts. You have to take them head on.
A struggle is a sign you’re on the right track. It means you’ve found something that needs to be changed.
The answer isn’t to move to another program or find an easier solution. The solution is to persist through that struggle and break through to the other side.
This emotional breakthrough moment is what creates lasting change. It creates a bookmark in your life that you will remember forever.
Call it an epiphany if you want. Call it a new perspective on an old situation. Whatever the case, these breakthroughs change you on a deep level. And this new change in thinking influences your behaviors going forward.
Transformation Is a Process
Transformation is made up of many smaller breakthroughs, that when combined, create a healthy lifestyle. One of the side effects of this healthy lifestyle is weight loss.
So your goal shouldn’t be to lose weight. Your goal should be to identify the struggles you’ve been avoiding, either consciously or subconsciously, and work on those.
The goal is change on both a mental and physical level. No, this isn’t an easy thing to do.
It means being honest with yourself. It means letting go of procrastination and perfectionist mindsets. It means rebuilding trust in your self. It means repairing your relationship with food, exercise, and your own body image.
Yes this takes work. Yes this takes time. Yes you’ll naturally want to find a shortcut.
But there are none. There is just you and your struggles.
Take them head on. Heighten your self awareness. Look at your weight loss problem differently.
The struggle is real. It’s necessary. And it’s worth persisting through. Improved health and happiness is waiting on the other side if you’re willing to do the work.