It surrounds us everywhere we go at all times of the day- weight loss. For us women in particular, it seems like you just cannot get away from it. And no matter how much we talk about it, it doesn’t seem like anyone is really able to do it. We approach weight loss in a way that is not only unhealthy, but downright incorrect. It’s time for that to change.
By Abby Cronin
When it comes to transforming your body, things can get emotional. The values we attach to our appearance make a task that should be quite simple more like navigating a minefield.
A great tip that I’ve learned over the years is to detach emotion from weight loss. It is constantly reinforced that losing weight= happiness and that gaining weight= disappointment, sadness, and hopelessness. It locks us into a cycle of highs and lows that gets us nowhere but feeling worse.
“Just the Facts” Mentality
Instead, approach your weight loss with a logical, rational approach. Your healthy habits are just another thing on your to-do list, nothing more nothing less. If something works for you, continue. If that stops working, change it. When you practice these habits long enough, they become routine. Results become more and more consistent, and you run into fewer and fewer obstacles the longer you do it.
The most difficult part of this is getting to that point where it is a habit. We’re human and we get caught up in minor details that often derail us. We revert back to our old ways and essentially give up when times get tough.
Been There, Done That
Example: You’ve been following your diet to a T, exercising on the daily, and losing weight consistently. You’re feeling great, and the scale reinforces those feelings by showing you the numbers decreasing.
One day, you check the scale and see your weight has shot up by 5 pounds. You instantly feel a sense of panic, and worry that all the work you’ve put in was for nothing.
This is a crucial point. For many, it sends them into a spiral of self-sabotage. They think “what’s the point, there’s no use trying if I’m just going to regain the weight”.
Instead, this is when you should stop and list all the reasons that could have caused this weight gain. Also keep in mind that unless you’re an anomaly of human biology, it’s not likely you’ve gained 5 pounds of fat overnight. Most of the time- water can be the culprit of this phantom weight gain. PMS, stress, sodium, carbohydrate intake, water intake, and even sleep all affect the number on the scale as well. It’s not uncommon for a woman to see it fluctuate throughout the day by 3-5 pounds.
Evaluate, Reassess, Execute
When evaluating your progress, it’s important to look at the whole picture. If the changes you’ve been seeing are good, stick with the plan you’ve got. If the changes aren’t what you’d hoped for- honestly reassess why. Maybe you’ve had a hectic week and you’ve turned to stress eating to cope. Perhaps you’ve skipped out on the gym and skimped on sleep. Whatever the cause- identify it, nip it in the bud, and continue on your plan.
Weight loss is very possible, and it doesn’t have to be a rollercoaster ride of self-hatred. Follow your plan, and sooner than you realize it you’ll be able to check “lose weight” off your to-do list.