We had an amazing response to our “What’s the most difficult thing…” post at the weekend – with ‘getting started’ and ‘sticking with it’ being the top of many people’s lists.
As anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight or get fitter, this is nothing new! It’s human nature to put off things which we don’t really want to do.
If you’re one of those people who find it hard to start and stick with something, then read on – it’ll only take a few minutes and could make the difference!
The most important thing to do if you want to lose weight is NOT to go on a diet – very few diets work in the long term (why do you think the dieting industry is so big? If diets worked – it wouldn’t be!) because they are trying to address a symptom, rather than a cause. No soon as you say “I’m going to stick to 1000 calories today”, you’ll be heading for the coffee shop for a latte and muffin.
Three main things to think about:
You’ve got to WANT to lose weight and get fitter – not just “think” you should, or your friend or doctor suggesting that it would be good – YOU have got to really WANT to. If you are stuck at this point read The Five Golden Rules to follow BEFORE you try and lose weight” article.
DON’T think that losing weight is all about what food and drink you put into your mouth – sure that’s part of the process but it’s not the cause. The cause is the habits and routines you follow in your day to day life that result in you eating more than your body needs. Change those and you’ll start to notice a difference.
Don’t try and change a lot of things QUICKLY. Instead, change or alter something really small everyday so that your mind and body are almost fooled into thinking nothing at all is happening!