Avoid these weight loss mistakes this January - to lose weight permanently!
January is National Weight Loss Awareness Month.
Weight loss is a hot topic all year round, but especially after the holidays when most of us have put on a few extra pounds.
Consequently, in January many people decide to lose weight - in fact, losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution.
Unfortunately, most of them have given up before the month even ends.
I’m sure you don’t want this to happen to you. But you may be asking: “How can I see through my New Year’s resolution to lose weight?”
In this post, I’ll go through some of the reasons why we get tripped up when it comes to committing to weight loss.
Thinking weight Loss is a sprint, rather than a marathon
It’s natural for anyone deciding to lose weight to want to lose it quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight steadily and gradually, at an average of about 1 to 2 pounds per week, are more successful at keeping it off over the long term.
Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” - it’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes changes in daily habits.
Starting with the wrong mindset
The critical part of losing weight is how to start, which will determine your long-term success. It’s like building a house without a foundation - it’s not going to stand for long.
The foundation to start your weight loss journey is your mindset. Beginning your journey with the wrong mindset can set you back anytime.
If you’d like to check your own mindset and learn more about the importance of mindset when losing weight, then click here to get a copy of my Mindset Quiz.
Being disappointed with “only” a modest weight loss
Don’t make the mistake of being disappointed with “modest” results. Celebrate each pound you lose!
The good news is that even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your body weight, can decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases. It can result in health benefits, such as improvements in blood sugar levels, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure.
Focusing only on the destination, instead of the journey
Even if the overall goal seems big, see it as a journey rather than a destination. You’ll learn new eating habits that will help you live a healthier lifestyle. These habits will help you maintain your weight loss over time.
And remember this: Weight Loss is not a goal, it’s simply a result of changing your habits.
There is more to gain when you lose!
In addition to improving your health, maintaining your weight loss is likely to improve your life in other ways such as improvements in your energy levels, general mood, and self-confidence.
Giving up when the going gets tough
Yes, I’m not going to lie to you - losing weight will take commitment, because you’ll be changing habits that you’ve defaulted to for many years.
But there are ways to help you stay committed to your decision to change habits and lose weight. And I’m not talking about needing more willpower - willpower is very overrated when it comes to losing weight.
What will help you to stay committed on your weight loss journey are:
accountability and support
the latest and best scientific knowledge
And, by the way, that’s exactly what I’ll be providing in my upcoming 1:1 coaching program, Weight Loss Jumpstart.
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The program combines personal 1:1 coaching with scientifically-backed knowledge in video modules, which will empower you to lose weight in January, and keep losing weight throughout 2019.