For a weight loss attempt to be successful it needs to feel possible. Otherwise, it’s pretty easy to justify poor dietary decisions with, “oh just this once” or “I’ll start on Monday”. Truthfully, there isn’t much point to putting in effort if there’s no perceived reward. Why work for nothing?
This means it’s absolutely essential that you believe weight loss is possible. You must believe that your strategy will work, otherwise adherence to your strategy is going to be dismal. And if you don’t adhere to your strategy, you can’t say it doesn’t work, because you didn’t actually do it!
A lot of diets work. Adherence i.e. CONSISTENCY is much more important than the specific contents of the diet itself. This is important so I will repeat it:
Adherence i.e. CONSISTENCY is much more important than the specific contents of the diet itself.
There isn’t any guess work with weight loss. Weight loss is a challenge, but there isn’t any mystery to it. There aren’t any “secretzz” and there isn’t even any debate in the scientific community about what causes weight loss. If you consume less calories than you burn, you lose weight. That’s it. If you manage to create this caloric deficit for long enough you will lose a noticeable amount of weight. There isn’t any luck or chance involved whatsoever. This is good news, because it means you are not at the whim of fate. Whether you have crappy genetics or not, you still need to achieve a caloric deficit to lose weight.
Getting your head on straight to make your efforts consistent
This brings us to the title of this blog. Defining yourself by your scale weight, or treating it as part of your identity, is not only unhealthy psychologically, but can make your weight loss efforts that much harder.
When you identify with something, you treat it as an inherent part of yourself that defines us. If something is a part of yourself, it won’t change no matter what you do.
Your body does not define who you are as person–it WILL change depending on your actions. The current state of your body is temporary, it’s not a characteristic you are stuck with.
Realizing this, and reminding yourself of this, is important because it will help eliminate the rationalizations for not adhering to your diet. Thoughts such as, “oh just this one time; it won’t really matter” stem from feelings that weight loss is impossible, that it doesn’t matter. If you think your fat is permanent, then you will consequently feel like any sort of effort is pointless. Realizing the temporary nature of your physique means that you now have a reason to put in the effort as it will actually amount to change.
You, as a person, are so much more than your body fat percentage, or how you look in a swimsuit or whatever. Sure that is how your body is right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s a permanent state. It can, and will, change if you consistently make decisions that will cause it to.
By breaking away from the idea that your fat is a part of your identity, a part of who you are as a person, you will equip yourself with a mindset that is necessary to make the changes in your diet and lifestyle that will give you the body you want.
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