Shedding excess weight is a worthwhile task, but perhaps you’re frustrated because you aren’t seeing results as quickly as you would like. However, stressing out about a lack of immediate payoff will only add to the tension of this already energy-consuming endeavor.
While soldiering through your diet and exercise regimen, impatience can make your days drag, and your motivation and sanity along with it; at worst, it could completely derail your goals and intentions, causing you to prematurely throw your cares to the wind and revert back to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Whether acknowledged or not, a sound diet and exercise plan is going to take some time before you see some substantial progress. Period. Ironically, taking shortcuts will only impede your progress as you realize, through trial-and-error, that the longer albeit healthier way is the only way. So save yourself a lot of time and heartache and build a platform for success–do it the right way for the first time (or this time around).
Learning patience isn’t without difficulty. In this fast-paced culture it’s not only overlooked in favor of expediency as the means to an end, but even frowned upon as a form of passivity or indifference. The following tips will help ground your perspective and give you a leg up in a world of fad diets and gimmicky fitness gadgets.
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Know the consequences of rapid weight loss
That’s right–even more rapid weight gain, usually more than what you started out with. And because weight loss starts in the mind, even if you were to have your dream body instantaneously, it wouldn’t stay that way because it takes time and experience to reprogram your thoughts and habits to sustain your weight loss. Do not lose more than an average of 1.5 pounds a week, as your body and mind will need time to adjust. Lose anymore than that allotted amount and it will be muscle and water, which will slow down your metabolism.
Reframe your point of view
Focus on what you’ve achieved so far instead of what you haven’t. Pat yourself on the back for those two pounds that you’ve lost so far; if you’re just starting out, give yourself kudos for having the courage to initiate what can oftentimes seem to be a scary enterprise. Remember the first part is always the hardest part. If you’re in it for the long run (which you should be, by the way) it does get easier if you keep chugging along persistently, making a series of small changes that will eventually unveil a permanently more thinner, healthier body.
Remember that patience is a muscle that strengthens with use
Eventually you’ll experience a snowball effect; the more you use it, the stronger it gets and the more benefits you’ll receive from it. Use it often and thrive exponentially.
Fill in the time gaps with other self-reinventing activities
Keep in mind that losing weight isn’t a sprint to the finish line. As long as you are doing all the things you are supposed to do, let the time factor go. In the meantime, stave off mental brooding rampages and give momentum to your weight loss journey by engaging yourself in additional tasks that will also require time and patience for proficiency. The key is that it has to be enjoyable (as previously mentioned, weight loss is already a physically and emotionally-charged undertaking) and rewarding.
Whether you want to learn something new, indulge in a hobby or master a talent, by the time you’ve reached your physical goal, you’ve grown all that much more as a person. By then, you might even be viewing your own body as the inconsequential by-product of a stronger, wiser and wholly transformed inner you.