To many, weight-loss seems like an unattainable ideal. We see photographs on social media of someone else’s successful physical transformation, and we’re determined to follow suit. However, inertia often keeps us from even starting, and procrastination lets us tell ourselves we’ll start tomorrow instead. These, along with the three outlined below, are some of the more pertinent mental traps to look out for while on your path to healthier living.
1. You want instant gratification
It shouldn’t be a surprise that losing weight isn’t far from being easy, no matter what reality makeover television programmes seem to imply. Losing weight and then keeping it off can take weeks, months, even years of commitment. It may seem daunting to make that first trip to the gym, but think of it as investing in your future. If not now, then when?
2. You don’t want to change the way you think
In the first place, people want to lose weight because they want to change something about themselves. Perhaps they want to be more fit, or to look good for a special day, but the crux of the matter is this – you didn’t get the way you are overnight. In order to change the way you live, you need to first change the way you think, and this might include kicking a few bad habits to the curb.
3. You’re trying to lose weight for the wrong reasons
Of course, there are plenty of valid reasons to lose weight. However, on your fitness journey, some will be more motivating than others. For example, saying “I want to get fit” is far different from saying “I want to be able to play tag with my children without getting out of breath”. By the same token, losing weight because you think that’s what society expects of you isn’t healthy in the long run, because the terms of this engagement no longer lie with you. In order to be successful in your weight loss journey, pick a reason that resonates with you and is centred on you, then stick to it.
Weight-loss is by no means an easy feat, and is one that only the brave and committed attempt. By being prepared for what lies ahead, you stand to make your journey just that much smoother.