Losing weight is incredibly difficult. We all wish it would be easy, but if it were easy, everyone would be skinny and healthy and broccoli would taste like chocolate dipped strawberries. And I would have my flying car. So, until we reach some sort of utopian future where being healthy really is as easy as a snap of the fingers, we need to prepare.
Here’s a couple of questions you should ask yourself before starting weight loss:
1. How motivated am I to be successful?
-If you don’t feel completely motivated to be healthy and reach your ideal shape, then you’re going to have doubts. Doubts lead to discouragement and discouragement leads to failure. Sit down and think about how much you want to be successful and how dedicated you can be to making a lifestyle change. Where the mind goes, the body follows.
2. How long did it take you to put on this excess weight?
-For most of us it has been a lifetime of unhealthy choices. Others it has been a slow walk down from a certain point in our lives. The big thing is that pounds don’t form overnight, so they’re not going to disappear that way. There is no quick fix for losing weight.
3. Who are the people that sabotage me when losing weight?
-Sometimes it’s just us. We are usually our own worst enemy. But if there are friends and family (and certain parts of the media) that are the culprits, you need to acknowledge that relationship. You need to either cut that negative out of your life, or, if that’s not possible, realize that they only have that power over you if you give it to them. Make a resolution to disregard those nay-sayers from your life.
4. Can I plan to make the bigger changes necessary?
-Are you ready to drink lots of water each day? Can you plan and organize five meals that will be healthy and optimize your success? Those who plan are, on average, hugely more successful then those who do not.
5. Am I approaching my current lifestyle with a healthy mindset?
-As much as Hollywood and Queen Latifa might romanticize the idea of “living each day as if it were your last”, this isn’t a healthy approach to many areas of your life; food especially. Like we said earlier, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. One you need to be ready to approach with a healthy mindset.