I know how to lose weight. I have done it. Does that make me an expert? Not really, but it does make me one of the most knowledgeable people regarding weight loss for MY body. Not for yours, just mine. We each have different weight loss strategies. What works for me, may not work for you. With that said, there are some common weight loss issues. Here is what I consider some common weight loss things you need to know. There are a lot, but I’ll limit myself to twelve.
1. I’ve said it before, life is not fair get over it. Some people are blessed with super fast metabolisms, you are not. Move on.
2. Weight loss plans are easy. It’s the everyday choices that are hard. I have this poster hanging in my work cube.
3. Losing weight (and keeping it off) requires sacrifice. Yeah, you can eat what you want. But to make it work you’re going to have to give up some things. For example, you can’t eat crappy food every day. Yes, moderation is an option, but you are still sacrificing by not eating how much you really want. Sometimes you just have to say no. Again, I have this poster in my work cube to consider when people bring in the treats.
4. The scale does not measure all progress. Depending on what you’re doing for a work out, you may actually see weight gain as you put on muscle. Don’t give the scale power. It is only one tool and method of measurement.
5. Forgive yourself. You are going to make less than optimal choices. Learn from your missteps and forge ahead.
6. Treat yourself as you would treat a friend. That inner voice that keeps telling you that you can’t doesn’t really know you.
7. Accept your body flaws. Like family members, you don’t get to choose these. Short of surgery, your body flaws aren’t going away. Heck, at 19% body fat I still have batwings under my arms and a pooch. At my age (I’ll just say I’m 50+) things are not going to spring back. You don’t have to love them, just tolerate them (like you would your idiot brother-in-law).
8. Don’t expect to take weight off one way and maintain the weight loss another. If you go back to eating like you were, you will go back to looking like you were. This is a lifestyle change, not a one time shot.
9. Your exercise plan should be sustainable. Can you really exercise 3 hours a day for the rest of your life? I have other things I have to do. Figure out a reasonable schedule that you can stick to.
10. Don’t put an artificial deadline on your weight loss goals. It doesn’t matter if it takes you 6 months or 16 months to lose the weight. There is a lot to learn in the weight loss process. There will be setbacks. There will be plateaus.
11. Losing the weight will not solve all your problems or guarantee you will be happy. You need to deal with your issues along the way. Thinking "if only I were thinner" will hold you back. Take care of it.
12. Love who you are. You are not a number on the scale. You are not the “meat suit” you are wearing. You are the person on the inside. That person is pretty incredible and strong.