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Weight is a source of concern for most of us. Whether people are following the advice of your family doctor or they’re working towards a personal body goal, the search terms “weight loss” are some of the most popular searches on Google. From people who are looking for a way to boost their weight loss journey to those who are wondering how long it will take to get back in shape, losing weight is one of the most frequently googled fitness topics.
Despite the abundance of online material about dieting, health specialists warn against the risks of following unhealthy and unbalanced diets. Indeed, most of the social media influencers we turn to for inspiration have little medical know-how. Even Beyonce’s crash diet, 22 Days Vegan Nutrition Plan, has been strongly criticized by nutritionists as it could lead to harmful nutritional deficiencies. Additionally, many of the fans who have tried to follow the diets have experienced intense cravings and hunger pangs that have made the plan unsustainable in the long term.
Your doctors insist that you can lose weight naturally through a balanced diet. You don’t need Beyonce’s crash plan. Maybe they’re right, but how come you still haven’t managed to drop a dress size?
You don’t understand the science of weight loss
The best explanation that I know about regarding how fat is shed from our bodies is this TEDTalk by Ruben Meerman. It’s amazingly complex but amazingly simple at the same time. Also the video is entertaining! LOL
You don’t have the support you need
Losing weight is a long journey. You didn’t put on weight overnight, and therefore you can’t expect to go back to your dream body size without any effort. However, most of us find it challenging to notice positive changes or to develop healthy habits that have a long term impact. Therefore, the typical solution is to google for the next best dieting trend and to follow it until you get tired of it. Guess what? This won’t work. Instead, you need a dedicated physician guided weight loss plan that is designed to meet your nutritional requirements but also your lifestyle. Sustaining long term weight loss is all about switching to healthy and positive habits that you can keep day after day. In other words, goodbye crash dieting, and hello new health routines.
You drag yourself down
I’m too fat.
I hate my body.
I’ve let myself go.
I look disgusting.
If you’re the type of person who stands up in front of the mirror and delivers hurtful comments about your shape, it’s time to wake up from your self-torturing routine. We get it: You are not happy with your body at the moment. But don’t hate it. Instead, remind yourself that your weight loss journey is not a miracle pill but a life long adventure, one step at a time. Helping your mind to stay positive through regular exercise and plenty of rest can bring your goal a little closer. Ultimately being unkind to yourself isn’t going to deliver any of the positive results you expect.
You want it to happen overnight
I’ve started almost a week ago. Why can’t I fit in my dress already?
Well, the answer is simple. Weight loss requires time and patience. You need to be patient with your body to be able to practice your new positive habits. If you lose patience, the chances are that you’ll go back to your unhealthy routine. This is not something that there is a magic pill for. Your entire attitude about who you are and how you eat has to shift. It has to happen each day with each decision you make until it is a habit. Even then, you must stay on track.
I once heard a TEDTalk about a man who weighed 400 pounds. He finally decided he needed to change (just to stay alive) and began to lose weight. He envisioned himself as a physically fit man. After losing 150 pounds, he purchased two expensive suits totaling $700. They asked who the suits were for. He replied, “Himself.” Let that sink in. If you don’t put your mind and your money where your mouth is(no pun intended), you cannot reach and sustain this goal. You must make a decision about who you are in the future not who you were in the past(like before you started reading this article).
In conclusion, in a society where weight has become an obsession, from a medical, fitness and also purely aesthetic point of view, it’s important to define your goal carefully. A trained physician can help you to understand your body and what your ideal weight should be. But reaching your goal requires a change of attitude, from self-loathing to body-embracing and self-indulging to patient and dedicated healthy eater.