I saw an advert the other day for a weight loss solution targeting the frustrated people who, “fail to see results from diet and exercise.” Had to scratch my head on that one.
When does diet and exercise fail?
This, of course, is a trick question. Diet and exercise don’t fail.
The only way for diet and exercise not to work is if you fail to stick with it long enough for the results to show.
Plain and simple.
End of story.
I’ve seen with my own eyes, more clients than I can count transform their bodies through the power of diet and exercise. Without surgery. Without gadgets. Without fat burning pills.
The real question to ask when you’re not making progress towards your weight loss goal, is not why diet and exercise has failed you, but rather why have you not stuck with it?
How to stick with a diet and exercise plan…
I will not downplay the hard work that goes into sticking with a diet and exercise plan, day-after-day, week-after-week, in order to achieve a stunning body transformation. It is hard work.
It takes dedication, focus, energy, determination and a stubborn refusal to quit.
Make no mistake about it: losing weight is hard work! Anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you some BS.
Which is precisely why so many give up before experiencing the body that they really want to have.
So, you wonder, why are some people able to stick with the process long enough to transform their bodies while others jump ship after a few weeks?
Here are the four steps to sticking with diet and exercise for the long haul…
1. Mentally and emotionally lock on to the idea of the new, sexier, you.
You can’t causally date the idea of transforming your body. This isn’t a noncommittal, no-strings-attached relationship — you’ve got to go all in, both mentally and emotionally.
Attach yourself to the idea of a brand new you; focus on how you will feel, what you will wear and how life will improve once you achieve your weight loss goal. The stronger your feelings and mental image become, the more likely you are to succeed.
2. Keep the game plan as simple as possible.
There is no need for fancy macronutrient specific diet plans or complicated exercise movements when it comes to dropping dress sizes. Keep your game plan as simple and boring as possible. Eat at the same time each day. Exercise at the same time each week. Exercise for the same length (with varying intensity), until your big fat loss goal has been met.
Until your big chunk of your weight loss has been achieve, just stick with an uncomplicated game plan that works.
3. Plan for the resistance.
It’s naïve to think that your body transformation journey will be all smooth sailing. Realistically you will run into resistance time and time again.
This resistance will come in the form of tempting cheat meals, tired muscles, lazy friends (alcohol anyone) and waning motivation.
But, most powerfully, the resistance will come from inside of you.
It’s natural to resist change, and transforming the shape of your body is big change. Plan for the waves of resistance. See it coming before it crashes over you, and you’ll be able to stand strong long enough for it to recede without hampering your progress.
4. Build in accountability.
This is the most important step by far. It is essential to build accountability into your fail-proof weight loss plan. A coach or a mentor who has a vested interest in seeing you succeed will save you from throwing in the towel when things get tough.
The role that we fill for our clients is the accountability to keep them on their path to health and fitness with our support, instruction and encouragement. We celebrate every inch lost and every ounce of new confidence gained. And so should you.
This journey isn’t an easy one.
But it is always worth it.