Getting fit and healthy has been built up in people’s minds that it is one of the most difficult things to do, and seems next to impossible for some.
The reason for this is that they have probably tried to get fit, healthy, and lose weight many times before and have failed to reach their goal.
They figure that this is something they cannot do and they are destined to be overweight, unhealthy, and unhappy for the rest of their lives.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
No matter how out of shape you are or how much weight you have to lose you can get from wherever you are now to where you want to be.
As with anything in life you are only limited by your imagination.
It will take some effort and you will have to make sacrifices…and it may get difficult at times…but I can promise you this,
IT IS WORTH IT AND YOU CAN DO IT.
I will always ask clients once they reach their goal if it was worth it.
The answer is always 100% YES!
It is not as difficult as you think.
Ask any of my clients, after a month how difficult the program is and 99% of the time they will say it is easy. You have to get to that month first though.
I should say that people think that they will only feel good once they reach their goal.
This is incorrect.
Sure reaching your end goal is great but you will immediately start feeling better and better about yourself once you start dieting, exercising, and seeing your body start to change.
The journey is ALMOST as good as reaching the end goal believe it or not.
The way you will look and feel on your journey will keep you motivated and dedicated to the program.
Here are the things that must occur for the best chance of success:
1. The person MUST be in a place mentally where they are truly not happy with themselves and are willing to do what it takes to make a change. They have not been happy for a while and it builds up. The more irritated, unhappy, and stressed out they are, the more they are primed to get them past the first few weeks which are the most difficult. The best inquiry I can get is someone that says, “I have had it and I am not happy with myself, I want to look and feel good again.” You can hear it not only with what they say, but how they are saying it. I like to call this a mental “slingshot effect” of weight loss. This frustration fuels them until the program becomes habit, easy, and until they start seeing the results. Once they start seeing results this further motivates them.
2. The person must realize that the first few weeks of a weight loss program are the most difficult. For most people it really is the first week or so, by the time the second week comes around it gets much easier, and each subsequent week gets easier…IF THEY STICK TO THE PLAN. The first few days or week your body is kind of going through a “shock” of eating different foods, and cravings from eliminating others. The problem is this is where most people quit. They think to themselves there is no way they can do this for an extended period of time. What they don’t understand is that if they would just push for a little bit longer that it gets AMAZINGLY EASY. Very little hunger and cravings and when it happens it is manageable.
But Brace yourself and expect it. THE FIRST FEW WEEK OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM WILL DICTATE WHETHER OR NOT YOU SUCCEED.
GET THROUGH THE STORM AND YOUR CHANCES DRAMATICALLY INCREASE.
3. They must see rapid weight loss initially. Most of my clients will lose 10-20 pounds in the first month. Sure some of it will be water but that don’t matter. Water, fat, and bloat all looks and feels the same. IT is highly motivating for the person to see and feel that rapid weight loss. Especially at the beginning when it is the most difficult to follow the program. It’s what keeps them going through the difficult part. If a person is to diet for a whole month and only lose a few pounds then there is a very high chance they will quit. This is one of the reasons I love using very aggressive diets.
THE JUICE HAS TO BE WORTH THE SQUEEZE.
4. They must follow an exercise program. Most people who fail try to just diet off the weight. People are much more likely to keep up their diet if they are also following some sort of exercise program. Exercise is like the glue holding the diet together. Exercise helps in a lot of ways you don’t realize.
First of all there is a “coupling effect” with diet and exercise. That means that it is easier to follow a diet if you are exercising and vice versa, meaning that it is easier to exercise if you are dieting. They both feed off each other and dramatically increase the chances of success of one another. This is why you see someone that stops working out that their diet usually follows after. It is also the reason why continuing to workout once you reach your weight loss goal is one of the most important factors for keeping the weight off.
There is also the feel good chemicals released from exercise that help a person diet better and also the mental aspect of a person who just had a workout that they don’t want to waste everything they just did by blowing their diet.
5. They must have some sort of support system or accountability. I have clients that I have trained for many years even after they have reached their goals. Why? They tell me that they know it is an appointment that they will make and if it was left to them on their own it would be too easy to blow off. And remember once you quit working out the diet follows. Also, the fact that I always ask my clients how their diet is when I see them is a good motivator to stay on track…or so I have heard!
A good support system of friends and family at home helps big time as well. It is a lot easier to follow the diet if the rest of the family is eating the same kind of foods. It is much harder if one person is trying to diet while the rest are eating bad foods.
6. The weight loss system must be simple and easy to follow AND understand. This is why over the years I have broke it down and realized that 20% of the program is responsible for 80% of the results. The more simple and easy it is to follow and understand the higher the chance of success. On a weekly basis I have to tell a client to quit trying to make it more complicated than it has to be.
7. Do not be impatient. For some people whatever they have lost is not fast enough or good enough. If they lost 15 in a month they will have wanted 20, if they would have lost 20 they will have wanted 25. They constantly stress and feel that they are never losing fast enough. If you are following the correct program then just be patient and you will get there. It might be faster than some or slower than some but that is irrelevant.
The people who tend to be like this also tend to lose it slower while the more laid back person who has the mindset of I will get there when I get there tend to lose weight quicker. Just the way it works.
Follow these rules and you will find that getting fit, healthier, and losing weight is not nearly as difficult as you have made it out to be.
You got this.
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