Yes, it is important to eat whole foods. But it is just as important to do what is sustainable.
I find it is good to create balance and don’t do a restrictive diet 100% of the time because, for one, it takes all the enjoyment out of being able to go out with friends/family. Secondly, it is to not feel guilty when having a pizza or some other food/meal that isn’t classified as “healthy”.
Too many start a challenge and try to lose as much weight as possible in a certain time frame (8-12 weeks). And almost all of them find it too hard and give up before the end, or finish and go back to where they were or close too.
That is messing with the brain and that makes it hard. That’s when the words, failure, guilt, it’s too hard, it’s not for me, I can’t do this and many more coming up because it doesn’t feel good to go backward and to keep repeating the cycle.
Let’s try to re-engineer the mind. Most want a lifestyle change. So why not turn it into playing the long game, because what’s the point of getting a goal 6-12 months from now and then going back and feeling bad when there is 30, 40 or 50+ years ahead of living. Make progress and keep it by doing what is enjoyable yet sustainable at the same time.
Create what is going to make getting results sustainable.
For example, I don’t like to the phrase “I am trying to lose weight”. Yes, it is great when people do lose weight, especially if it is needed for health reasons.
But let’s make weight loss a by-product from all the fun and enjoyment that comes from feeling good when training with no worries, socializing with friends over the weekend and not feeling guilty.
If there are steps in place to stay consistent and making smart decisions along the way. Then there should be no reason why we can’t have it all and stop worrying about the weight because it will come off. Give it time and enjoy the journey.
It’s time to change the mind.
It’s time to get after an enjoyable lifestyle.
Enjoy the journey.