In the world where the instant gratification dominates sustainability; in a world where success almost means overnight magic… In the fitness world where everyone loses 50lb overnight, where everyone cures their eating disorders in two weeks and wakes up with a six pack after a day of being on a diet, people forget to mention a small, yet crucial things: Weight loss is hard!
People forget to mention how many times they tried and failed. The number of times they quit before the success came. The number of lonely hours spent on a treadmill. The number of extra cheat meals when they weren’t supposed to be consumed. And how many Oreo cookies were eaten at night when everyone was asleep. In the world of Instagram, and People magazine weight loss is quick and easy!
However, in the real life, all of the aforementioned “successes” are like a unicorn, everyone talks about them, yet no one sees them. While weight loss is pretty darn hard for a billion of reasons, there are ways to make it easier and even somewhat enjoyable. And it starts with the mindset.
Here you will find three ways to make your weight loss journey easier by changing the way you think about it.
Tip #1: Change the way you think about strength training
You do not lift weights because it helps you to eat more. You lift weights to build strength, which means you build confidence! You build confidence to do anything! Shift your mindset about your weight loss success from the number on a scale in favor of the number on the bar; of the way the number on the bar makes you feel – a strong, confident, decisive, fearless human creature!
Tip #2: Change the way you think about cardio
Yes, cardio burns calories. However, once you start lifting, and your muscles become stronger, you will need your lungs to catch up with your strong muscles. The bigger plates you start lifting, the more oxygen your muscles will need. The more oxygen your body needs, the more lung capacity it will require. In other words, think about cardio as a way to strengthen your lungs, and ultimately make bigger strength gains. Strength gains = confidence boost!
Tip #3: Create a good relationship with food
Food deserves a particular topic in weight loss. Often, we treat food as bad and focus on what we should not eat. I challenge you to focus on foods you like and to try to fit them into your routine. For example, you can eat more of the food you like on days you lift weights and less on other days. Or if you eat over your calories one day, you don’t have to starve the next day, call yourself a failure or what have you. Just understand that if this happens, it will simply put you slightly behind on your schedule. This kind of mindset will help you to realize that relapses are okay, and you will be able to get back on track quick and pain-free without binge episodes.
No one lost all the weight over 30 days. No one lost the weight without a grind. Weight loss requires a lot of work and patience. However, if you practice these tips, you will find yourself in a better and happier place, with reaching your goals at a fairly easy and quick pace.