Every year around January 1st it seems like every overweight person on Earth decides that this new year is finally going to be the motivation they need to lose weight. You already know this, but many people fail to meet their fitness and weight loss goals for the new year. Why is this? There are thousands upon thousands of weight loss plans, formulas, shakes, bars, workout plans and recipe books out there to help you lose weight. Still, most people have a hard time conjuring up the motivation they need to lose the extra fat.
It's not rocket science
I'm going to tell you something that you may not want to hear: getting in shape is not complicated. The cure for obesity is not some new nutritional shake or infomercial workout system. The cure for obesity is growing in your garden. Eat lots of vegetables, drink lots of water and exercise. There you go, there's your diet plan. I don't typically charge for this advice but donations are being accepted.
I don't mean to make light of health problems that some people have that keep them overweight. I recognize that they do exist and are a valid reason for some people to take extra measures when it comes to weight loss. I'm finding more and more when I discuss weight loss with people I get one of two knee-jerk reactions.
"I have hypothyroidism" or
" I have a slow metabolism"
Now, I'm not a doctor, but I severely doubt that all of the people who claim to have hypothyroidism have been diagnosed as such. And I'm sure that most of them could not accurately describe what it is and how it affects your body. Moreover, if I'm told that by a person eating from a bag of Doritos, their credibility goes out the window.
We make it too complicated
My point? Getting the extra fat off your belly is far more about finding the motivation to do what must be done to lose weight, and less about complex theories and formulas. We all know that chips are bad for us. We all know that ice cream, pop and fast food are bad for us. Still, we eat them. Why is this? Why is losing weight one of the top 5 New Years resolutions? Why is it the first one forgotten? It's because the problem isn't that we don't know how to eat a simple, healthy diet or run a couple of miles, the problem is that we don't seem to have the motivation to lose weight.
So how do I make it stick this time?
I have struggled with my my weight my entire life and for me the solution rests in consistency and habit-forming. There's no way that you're going to love doing push-ups or running the first time, but if you do it at the exact same time every day, it will become part of your routine. Routinely making healthy decisions is where you will find your success. I know how to make a mean salad and I can tie running shoes with the best of them, but if I haven't developed the habit of doing things that are good for my body every day, I won't ever see the results I want.
My suggestion is this. Decide on the healthy habits that you want to form and set reminders in your phone, your computer and anywhere else you will see them to do those things until they become habit. It's not easy at first but you will get there. Focus on building one habit at a time. If you have a long way to go with your fitness, you don't want to start with hitting the gym 5 times per week, you will burn out. Maybe your first few weeks will just be taking a walk every single day for a few miles and go from there.
Think of the reasons you want to be healthy every time you head out to do something for your body or force yourself to enjoy a salad. If you want to be able to be active for your kids, think of that and envision what it will be like. If you want to be more attractive for your partner, envision what it will be like when your body is how you want it to be. Focusing on what is important to you is the best motivation to lose weight that you will ever find.