Just recently I read a really inspirational story about an ordinary lady by the name of Linda Pottinger. Linda’s story featured on the USA Today website, and like you, she too is in the process of dropping weight.
Already she has gone from 178 pounds down to 158 pounds – and her approach has been simple. She has made lifestyle changes, and she is dedicated to sticking to it.
In the past, like many people, Linda found that she just wasn’t getting anywhere in her mission to lose weight. That’s because she expected immediate results.
Immediate results to drop the pounds is what the diet industry has promised decade after decade. All of these promises of losing weight without having to make changes to diet and fitness is what the diet industry has churned out, in an effort to suck people in! Everybody wants a quick fix without too much effort – and that’s why the diet industry makes such outrageous promises!
As a personal trainer, I know just how crazy this belief is. There just isn’t a magic pill to losing weight loss and there never will be. You have to put the effort in and change your lifestyle. There’s just no other way to do it.
So how do you actually do it?
Linda does what I recommend my clients do, and this is all there is to it:
- Create a calorie deficit: You need to ensure that you burn more calories than you consume. For weight loss, experts typically say 1500 calories per day is fine. By exercising 30-45 minutes per day, doing exercise that gets you sweating will help you to drop about 0.5-1 pound per week.
- Keep a food log: Keep track of how many calories you consume per day by creating a food log. Record what you eat and how many calories you consume in one day.
- Keep active: Do at least 30-45 minutes of moderate physical activity each day, to burn calories and create that calorie deficit.
- Have a real purpose for weight loss: Ask yourself why you want to lose weight and what it will mean for you to lose the weight. Focus on the reasons first thing in the morning and the last thing you do before going to bed. Keep your purposes fresh in your mind and remind yourself of them when you feel lacking in motivation.
- Ensure you stick to your healthy schedule even when you’re away: Linda travels a lot with her work, but she always ensures she fills her days with plenty of extra exercise walking around the airport and eating fresh fruit and vegetables as snacks. It’s really not that hard to stick to this once you make the decision to lose the weight.
Remember, once you make the decision to lose weight you must stick to it. There is no other way around it. Make it fun and see the healthy diet and exercise as something to enjoy – not something to struggle and endure. It’s all about lifestyle change and making the most of your downsizing experience.
As soon as you really understand and accept the fact that there is no quick fix to weight loss, you will set out to make changes to your lifestyle. All it takes is 30 days for you to replace bad habits with healthy ones – and that goes for diet and exercise.
So if you get started today, in about one month’s time you should be well on track to achieving a healthy lifestyle for life!