So you want to lose weight. Maybe you’re just a few pounds away from your goal. Maybe, you have what seems like a mountain of weight to lose. Either way, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the hype on social media.
There’s so much confusing information about how to lose weight and what’s the best diet or workout plan or simply, what should you do overall to lose weight. Do you need to diet? Do you really need to exercise? Can one form of exercise really produce better results than another? It’s understandable if you don’t know where to begin.
The truth is, there is no “One Size Fits All” formula for weight loss. What works well for a 25 year old male, may not work at all for a 50 year old female. It’s just a little more complicated than that. And yet, it’s not really even about having the “perfect” plan for you that gets in the way of your weight loss. It really comes down to this…
If you want to lose weight, you have got to take action. You have got to do something, even if it’s not perfect, that moves you towards your goal. Most of us spend way too much time trying to figure out what is the best solution before we ever begin that when we finally do decide on a course of action, if the results aren’t exactly what we expected, we get frustrated and just give up. We’re in a constant state of searching for the best answer.
Realize that it will take some time to achieve your goal. Whether it be 10 pounds or 100 pounds, you will not get there and maintain it overnight. And… the older you get, the harder it becomes. Sorry, I know that’s not the type of encouragement you need but it’s the truth.
With that in mind though, nothing that you don’t do will work. In other words, it is better to do something and decide it’s not right, than to do nothing and never know.
Here’s a simple example of how this might work:
It is recommended that we eat an average of 2 – 3 cups of vegetables per day as part of a healthy balanced meal plan. According to the CDC (see article here), fewer than 1 in 10 Americans consume that many servings. Vegetables are a great source of nutrients, enzymes and fibers, all of which are vital for our health.
If you were to try just this one suggestion, you might find yourself losing a little weight. You might not lose weight, but instead may find that you feel better and have more energy which allows you to move more which in turn helps you lose weight. You may find out that you need more vegetables than recommended.
However, you will never know, if you don’t try it, and you won’t know by trying it for two or three days and then making a decision. You need to give it time. A minimum of two weeks of consistent action before you even think about evaluating the results you’re getting.
The real key here is to get yourself taking action and to do it consistently. Have a little patience with yourself. Nobody is perfect. If you fall off your routine, pick yourself up, brush yourself off and get back after it. Be proud of the simple successes, notice how you feel and be as consistent as you know you can be.
The bottom line; find one first step (whatever it may be) and take action. Planning is great but the only way to get results is to take action!