Why is it that when women decide they need to lose weight, they want – or expect – it to come off super fast and super easy?
We – as in women and men, too – need to get real about this. Most of us didn’t put the weight on overnight. It slowly packed on and then one day, it seemed as though all of sudden we were 20 pounds heavier. In my case, it was 40+ pounds heavier. In my new healthier living journey – when I was in my weight loss mode – I only averaged a weight loss of .8 – yes, point 8 – pounds per week. Was it a little depressing? At times, but I knew in the long run it was better. I was okay with it. Yes, there were weeks when I had one or two pound losses and weeks when I didn’t have any losses and of course, weeks when I had gains. But when averaged out over the 10 months it took me, the average was .8 pounds per week.
Women beat themselves up if they don’t see weekly losses of 2, 3, 4 or even 5 pounds. But the thing is, they shouldn’t see those big losses. It truly isn’t good for your health. If someone loses 5 pounds in six weeks, that is AWESOME! Research has indicated that the slower it comes off, the more likely it is to STAY OFF and isn’t that what we all want in the long run? There are countless articles on the Internet that stress the fact that people should lose weight slowly. Yes, there are also tons of ads for products and what not that scream about losing weight quickly. "Lose 30 pounds in 30 days!" Whatever. That is so not realistic – or HEALTHY! Ads like that are just a scam if you ask me.
I encourage all of you who are in the process of losing weight to take it off slowly. Aim for at least one pound per week, maybe two, but don’t get discouraged, don’t give up if it is less than that. Keep going. Keep trying. Keep doing what you are doing. After a month or even two months, take your weight loss and average it out and see what it is. Even .5 – yes, point 5 – pounds per week is still a loss. It is definitely better than a gain, right? Just be proud and happy of any loss you have, but don’t give up if you have a gain one week. Be patient.
I seriously can’t stress enough about that. I also can’t stress enough about the fact that you don’t have to completely give up the foods you love. You can still eat ice cream and lose weight. And I am totally serious about that. Seriously people, it’s about portion control, self control, exercise and mind control. If you believe you can do it, YOU CAN. Plain and simple. But you have to want it bad enough to make the change – not for a month or two, but for the rest of your life. That doesn’t mean eating salads forever either. You have to relearn how to eat, you have to incorporate fruits, veggies, lean proteins, grains, healthy oils and dairy and whatever else I may have missed. But you don’t have to cut out chocolate or chips or ice cream or candy or cake and cookies. You just have to learn control.
I am not saying it is always easy, because as all you have read, I have my days. But as time goes by, I have more better days than I have crappy days. Did that make sense?
Alright, I am done ranting for now. But please, please don’t get discouraged when you have only lost five pounds in seven weeks or whatever your numbers happen to be. Just be proud and happy it was a loss. And be proud and happy you didn’t gain!