This topic might sound like a very simple one to most, but believe you me, if it was that easy, everyone who ever decided to lose weight, lower their body fat percentage or get healthy would do so in no time and with minimum effort!
However, as we all know, the reality is something completely different.
The Truth is most people start off on their fat loss journey thinking about how much they want to lose, and over how long. Nothing wrong with that all. However, you end up putting yourself under pressure by focusing on a round number and timescale right from the unset! Just aim for shorter term targets, and review periodically! So instead of 5 stone in 6 months, start of by aiming for say 10 pounds or a stone in 2 months for starters, and review at the end of that period! Another easier option would be to start off by weighing yourself NOW, and forgetting about weighing yourself again until you feel you've accomplished a major milestone. How will you know this? Easy! Your clothes and your physical fitness is always a simple way to gauge this.
Small Changes Lead To Big Results!
For Example - I start off with every new client I take on with a conversation about their goals, we then look at their main drivers/reasons, how long they want to take to achieve this, what barriers they foresee getting in the way of this, what they're prepared to do to achieve this, and also how realistic they feel their goals are.
We then start with some subtle changes, as opposed to wholesale changes to their lifestyle/nutrition/fitness regime. Why? Because changing everything in one clean sweep will ultimately lead to cravings and regression. So instead of changing an entire diet, we start with a single meal (for example, start eating a healthy breakfast every day!) We then review after a week, and then change another meal, or add healthy snacks.
Adding small changes over time makes dealing with change a lot easier to manage, and it also makes achieving long-term changes more sustainable. Trying to force yourself to change everything straight away will only lead to you relapsing and heading back in the same direction you've just come from!! Take baby steps towards your goal, and you'll find it easier to cope with the little changes you've made.
Don't get me wrong, I've seen instances where people have made complete changes, and stuck with them, but this only works for a small percentage of people. In most cases where a person has lived an unhealthy lifestyle for years or decades, it'll take time to make amendments to change this, it therefore works better if small and frequent changes are introduced over time.
Never look back
Once you've made these subtle changes, try not to look back. Don't dwell, always remember the reason why you decided to make the changes, and keep going! Don't look back, keep looking forward to seeing the subtle changes you've made leading to long-term success. Granted there will be days, or periods when you feel like the small changes aren't working, and nothing seems to be changed, but keep persevering, keep getting up and going, and eventually the small steps will lead to big strides towards that big body transformation!
Hi, Lou here, I'll be sharing my thoughts and insights via my blog regularly, so please stay tuned!