Quick Weight Loss Doesn’t Work

So what exactly is the problem with quick weight loss fixes?

Something I hear every single day of my coaching life is this:

“My results aren’t happening fast enough”

or derivatives thereof.

 

The world that we now live in gives us access to pretty much whatever we want, whenever we want it. Patience is something that seems to have been long lost when it comes to losing weight, or indeed many things.

Let’s look at some examples:

If you want a new car, you go out and choose the one you want, sign up for 5 years of monthly payments and drive off. You don’t even need to be able to afford to buy a car these days and you can drive off with something that is completely outside of your means – trust me, I’ve done it!

Can’t wait until payday for that new outfit you saw that you want? Whack it on a credit card and pay it off next month.

Unlike our grandparents who had to visit 4 or 5 different shops to gather food for the week, we can walk into one ginormous superstore and fill out trolley’s with everything from fresh fish to bread, from toilet paper to chicken burgers! Long gone are the days where we went to the butcher, the baker and the fishmonger! (I have to admit, I actually still do this).

In my opinion, this instant gratification, knee jerk reaction we have when we want something these days means that we often miss out on the important and somewhat satisfying things in life. Like the feeling of saving up for a grand purchase and the sense of achievement when it’s done. Meandering in local produce stores to pick up better quality foods – in my opinion, much more satisfying than buying mass produced goods from a superstore.

Now, don’t get me wrong – of course convenience plays a part in all of our lives, and we’re busy – but it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t consider the many benefits of just slowing down. 

So let’s talk about losing weight.

Why is it that most people who set out on a weight loss journey, often give up just a few weeks (or couple of months at the most) in? In my experience as a coach it is because they believe that their results are not happening fast enough for some reason.

More often than not, I hate to say, it is because they are not actually following the advice given, and find it difficult to accept responsibility for this; thus find it easier to just throw in the towel.

At other times, comparing themselves to friends or family members who are perhaps losing weight more quickly in a less sustainable way, so it is much easier to just give up and go back to old habits because ‘what’s the point anyway’?

If you are one of those people who keep starting and stopping things constantly, could you ask yourself this:

What would happen if I kept going and didn’t give up?

Here is another shocking truth for you.

You did not become overweight, obese or morbidly obese quickly. It is more likely that it has crept up on you over the course of years, possibly even decades – so how can you expect to lose it all again and fit back into your smaller clothes in a matter of weeks? Seriously – the idea of this is quite ludicrous, and as a coach I can tell you that in order to get it all back off again, it is probably going to take you doubly as long, possibly even more – and you need to be prepared for that.

The idea of the ‘quick fix’ diet is an attractive one, but deep down in your heart you already know that they set you up for failure. So what can you do about it?

Consider why you want to lose weight, take some serious time over this and write it down. Something has triggered your desire to chase a smaller, leaner and healthier body – but what it is? Could it be that you want to be around to see your children grow up? Is it that you want to re-ignite the passion that has long ago fizzled out of your relationship with your partner? Do you want to fulfil a lifelong desire to run a marathon or compete in a sport? Or perhaps you just wish you had the energy and confidence to take the kids out more often without being out of breath and knackered all the time.

Create a plan of action and ask for help. Understand that depending on how much weight you need to lose, this plan of action should be forecasted to last a minimum of 12 months, but more often than not up to 2 years. Enlist the help of a supportive friend, family member or coach to help create this plan.

Break your plan of action up into very small, achievable chunks of time.

Consider what is required of you to do each and every day that will all add up to making progress towards your BIG goal.

Breaking a BIG goal down into small, manageable chunks and then into daily tasks makes even the most insurmountable journey easier to get your head around.

Track your progress and be honest with yourself. Record your body weight, measurements and take progress photos of your body every 4 weeks and compare them. Remember that your weight will fluctuate daily depending on lots of factors – everything from how much food is in your digestive system at that point in time, to how much water retention you have due to time of the month, to how much exercise you did that day.

Understand that one bad day does not signal failure. Stop giving up so easily! Having one bad day does not give you a free ticket to start sabotaging everything you have worked so hard for! Take some responsibility for your actions, learn from the bad days and move on.

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You can’t buy a new body with a credit card and do the hard work later

Years and decades of damage cannot be reversed in one week, or even one month. In fact, according to UCL – it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit.

Start thinking about what you’d like to achieve by this time next year and work backwards from there. What do you need to achieve each month, each week and then each day in order to get there?

Rachael x

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About the Author

“All in or all out”

Rachael is a vibrant, no-bullshit-talking Scottish nutrition geek and coach helping women to lose weight without giving up their confidence OR their favourite foods.

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