Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it doesn’t discriminate between age, gender or even weight. But there happens to be one big misconception in the world of weight loss – that is how it happens.
The story of weight loss usually unfolds to look like a perfectly linear line in the downward direction. Two pounds week in and week out until you hit a plateau. GASP!
The dreaded – horrible – how has my diet gone this wrong? Plateau.
But the truth is – this thinking – that weight loss is linear is entirely wrong. That is what we uncover on today’s short bonus episode. Inside you’ll learn:
- Why weight loss isn’t linear.
- Why you should be grateful for the plateau.
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Shedding pounds doesn’t change your personality, and it definitely won’t fix what’s broke. But it can change your philosophy of life because you recognize that you are capable of using your mind to change your body. And recognizing just how powerful your mind is can change the way you live your life.
Don’t get hung up in a number or the scale. And don’t rest your future in the hope of a different body. It’s not lasting. Remember, we’re all created differently, and our body shape deserves some respect. If you’re trying to lose weight have hope – weight loss isn’t linear. Then remember these five points.
1. there are no quick fixes
Given the news that weight loss isn’t linear – you can probably assume there are no quick fixes either. But that doesn’t mean weight loss can’t and won’t occur. As mentioned in the podcast, those plateaus tend to be the place your body is making the most progress.
Healing, restoration and resetting what needs to happen inside to function well. Remember you can’t lose weight to get healthy – you have to get healthy to lose weight.
2. make it a lifestyle
We’ve packaged weight loss into a system, a protocol that you have to follow even if that means depriving, starving and depriving. But the truth is, it won’t stick. Not only because it doesn’t work with your body but because it’s not fun.
For real, dieting isn’t fun and either is following a strict protocol that is so outside of your norm. The only way to make it stick is to make it fit into your life. So rather than focusing so much on what you should be doing – why not start to think about what you’d like your life to look like and make changes based on that.
Don’t forget, change doesn’t happen in the significant changes but the small everyday decisions.
3. everyone’s perfect weight is different
You may have heard of someone being “just big boned.” While we like to pile on different excuses to overcome the shame we feel about our weight – the truth of the matter is. We don’t need to feel shameful about our weight. It doesn’t help anything.
Once you let go of where you think you should be, you can start to recognize what’s healthy for your body. Because it’s true, you might have more bone density, be naturally more muscular and carry a different shape.
4. worry less about what and more about the when and the how
We’ve been taught to be all consumed in the “what.” Eat this not that, watch your calories, count points and eliminate an entire group of macronutrients. You can say, we’re a society obsessed with the what. But did you know the “what” doesn’t matter as much as the “how” and “when?”
How you eat, your mindset, your environment, and your reason for eating are more important than what you eat. Because the how and even the when change how your body metabolizes what it is your eating. And metabolism trumps calories – always.
5. Don’t blame your body
We’ve probably all been subject to this at one point or another. Blaming hormones, and sleep cycles, even genetics for the problems we perceive our body has. But it’s not a matter of our body being wrong, but how our body is reacting to the environment, we provide it.
So you could say it’s not our genes determining our destiny but our environment which is changing the way our genes are expressed. That means, if you change your environment, you can improve your health.
weight loss is not
Remember in all of this – weight loss is not linear. There are a lot of variables that go into how our body loses weight and even how healthy that weight loss is. The best way to lose weight is to understand your body, respect it and change your environment based on its needs.
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