The Secret to Weight Loss
Weight loss. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone is an expert. Everyone, well almost everyone, has struggled with it.
For many, it becomes an obsession - consuming far too much of our waking thoughts and draining the little energy work/life/family pressures leaves us with at the end of the day.
Always on our minds.
Nagging us with guilt over missed exercise sessions and poor food choices and making us prone to try yet another new, 'guaranteed', 'easy' program to help us on the way to 'effortless' weight loss.
Who hasn't noticed just how many books and supplements available that are touted to be the 'final solution' to weight loss??
My entire adult profession has been in the world of weight reduction. I've been involved in successes. I've been involved in long-term struggles.
But in every case and every time, you learn. What are the common features of weight loss where the weights is actually kept off over the months and years?
I wish the answer was more sexy.
I wish I could bottle it and sell it. But the answer is not sexy nor sellable.
It is this:
Hard work. Dedication and self-control. Consistency.
And an approach to nutrition and exercise that is actually sustainable.
Weight loss takes time.
It requires commitment to move more, exercise on as many days of the week as possible. It requires self control to eat less than you normally do. To avoid energy-laden, highly processed 'food' that actually does not resemble real food in the slightest.
Dedication to find foods and prepare traditional meals that are satiating so that we are not left feeling hungry all day.
But fat loss will inevitably lead to feeling hungry sometimes.
It is ok to feel hungry.
We live in a world where pain and discomfort is highly discouraged.
Pushing to uncomfortable places in training is part of the process.
Feeling hungry, eating less on some days of the week is also critical to creating a negative energy balance.
You don't have to eat less everyday, but 2-4 days of the week, you should consider providing the body with nourishing,protein rich foods that bring in less energy than you need.
It takes time, and patience and commitment to a process that, at the end of the week, creates an energy shortfall to what you need compared to what you ate. If that is not sustainable, even enjoyable, it will never work over the long-term.
That is my perspective on weight loss.
Simple in writing.
Entirely doable in practice.
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