Day 18 – Not Seeing a Loss? Don’t Worry

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After our yesterday’s talk about moving past the willpower, today we’ll be discussing an issue that may be concerning you, even secretly.

You are a dedicated follower of our weight loss course – but you don’t see the results. For some of you, this may be the case. Don’t worry – you knew even before we started that weight loss is a long term game. If you don’t see the results yet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing something wrong – simply, that’s the nature of the game.

If someone told you about a shot term weight loss program, be careful, it’s not likely going to work. That’s why we designed this course to last for 30 days; you are now far more likely to reach your goal.

But, as you already know, you’ll need some mindset adjustments.

One of the most important things is to be patient enough to see the first results. This is critical – if you are dedicated to this long enough, the results will come and encourage you even more. When you get to this stage, determination will not be needed anymore.

Common Mistakes

The most common mistakes people make when they’re trying to lose weight are:

Craving for fast solutions.

There are no fast solutions because you need to build an entirely new lifestyle. With it, weight loss comes naturally, without effort.

Actually, if you love your new lifestyle you don’t need any additional motivation.

Pleasure is the strongest motivator – if you enjoy what you do on a daily basis, it’s not difficult at all. And one more thing –  the studies show that people who lose weight fast gain it back again very fast too (it’s because they burn-out themselves trying to achieve it in without installing the right mindset).

So you see, there’s really no reason to feel bad for not seeing fast results anyway 😉

Unrealistic expectation.

If you expect to lose 100 pounds a week – forget it! That’s not realistic at all and, even if it was possible, it would be extremely unhealthy. You don’t need to lose weight fast, you need to lose weight in a proper way, and you learned in the past 17 days what the right way is. Yes, it will take a while, but eventually it will bring stable, long term results without harming your health.

Watching too many success stories.

If you want to stay motivated avoid “magical“ success stories from the media. The weight loss market is pretty big and the media need this kind of stories. Success stories are motivation killers: if you watch the shows about weight loss too much, at some point you’ll start asking yourself – what’s wrong, why don’t I see the change like everybody else does?

But, when you watch the “Where are they now“ parts of these shows, you’ll get the picture: only a small percent of the people actually loses weight.

If you stay with us till the end, you’ll be one of those who have succeeded – and your “Where is s/he now?” story will be much different.

How to Avoid Mistakes

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There are some simple steps that you can take in order to get even more success with the course and avoid the common mistakes in the weight loss game.

1. Be patient.

We can’t stress enough the importance of being patient with this kind of life changing experience. If you rush things, there is a chance to lose focus and this could bring you back to your old unhealthy habits.

2. Stay focused.

One step at a time is the best approach you can use in any project you undertake. Concentrate more on the activities you should do today, keeping the image of what you will become in mind, but not focusing too much on it.

3. Combine visualization and action.

As we said visualization is an important tool in your weight loss lifestyle portfolio.

But there’s no point in visualizing yourself as a healthy and thin person and then not doing anything to support that visualization.

So, visualize yourself doing an exercise, or eating a healthy snack, or being fit – and follow the visualizations with the appropriate actions.

4. Don’t look at someone else.

Concentrate on yourself, not on the others. Everyone is different, every person has a different metabolism, so someone may lose weight at a higher rate, someone will lose plenty in the first few weeks, someone else will start to lose pounds more rapidly after a month or two. If you haven’t been trying to lose weight before, you don’t know how your body will react to your new regime – and it’s your body, not someone else’s.

So, you should concentrate on yourself and what you are doing to achieve your goals.

5. Don’t expect constant results.

Weight loss is not measurable, as “scientists” and marketers would like to represent it from time to time.

You might lose 10 pounds in one week, and not a single pound the next week even if you do exactly the same things in both weeks. Don’t rely too much on numbers!

6. Results are not immediate.

If you count the calories you burned with your daily activities, don’t expect them to show on the wage immediately.

For example, if you lose 3,500 calories each week it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll lose one pound a week. It’s a complex process and you shouldn’t expect that the estimated burned calories will result in losing a precise number of pounds.

7. Expect setbacks.

They are pretty common in the weight loss game. Whatever you do there is a possibility that results will not appear fast. If you know that, you’ll be safe from falling into a trap of getting off the track by the unexpected setbacks.

8. Don’t allow yourself to comfort eat.

One of the most common mistakes is to allow yourself to eat when you don’t need to. For example: you’re sitting on the couch, watching an interesting movie and you start to think about a snack or salty popcorn. It’s critical to refrain from the first impulse to eat while doing something else. Many people eat while they rest (watch TV, read etc), but there’s a much better option: when you’re watching TV – watch TV; when you’re reading an interesting book – read the book, don’t do anything else.

And when you eat, just eat – healthier food, of course. Just slow your thoughts down and think logically – there’s no point in eating pizza or ice cream, you don’t eat like that anymore, this is a new person who thinks about what he does.

9. Remember that it’s all about the long term!

This isn’t about a fake quick solution; real weight loss is gradual, natural, consistent and long term – so just stick to it, keep on doing what you’re doing:  realistic expectations, logical thoughts, less calories, healthier food, more exercise – and you will lose weight in the future for sure.

Tomorrow we will be talking more about focusing on long-term success. Learn to embrace the New You!