My guess is you and the rest of the population already know how to lose weight – eat less and exercise more. You don’t need me to tell you that. If it’s so simple and everyone knows what they need to do, we should all be slim and healthy. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
There is a huge difference between having an intellectual understanding of what you need to do to lose weight and be healthy, and actually doing it on a consistent basis.
The real secret to long term weight loss is not a special diet and exercise programme. Instead, the secret is knowing how to motivate yourself to do what you already know you should do (eat less and exercise more) on a regular basis.
2 reasons most people fail to lose weight
Reason 1 – Lousy goals
Having a goal to just lose weight is not enough. There are normally two outcomes with this kind of goal. The first one is you failed to lose weight because you didn’t follow through consistently. The second one is you lost the weight, but then also lost the motivation and put the weight back on again.
What to do – Challenge yourself
You must set yourself a goal/challenge that requires you to exercise more and make changes to the way you eat in order to achieve it. That way you will lose weight in the process of achieving this other goal. It must be both challenging and inspirational so that you commit to attaining it. Examples are to complete a marathon, cycle across the country, or even hike up mountains.
Reason 2 – Lack of accountability
Another reason people fail to lose weight is they are not being held accountable. People often don’t tell anyone when they are trying to lose weight, so that if they fail no one will know about it. If no one holds you accountable, when things get tough and you want to quit there is no one to keep you on track.
What to do – Let the world know
You should tell everyone you know, your friends, family, and work colleagues, that you have set yourself a big challenge (triathlon, climb mount Kilimanjaro, or whatever it is) with the aim to lose weight. That way they will be checking up on you and asking how your progress is going. The more people you tell the harder it will be to back out as you don’t want to hurt your pride.
The other option is to work with a Personal Trainer and Health Coach. Someone who will commit their time and energy into helping you reach your goals. Someone who has already achieved what you want to achieve. Someone who is already highly motivated and living a healthy lifestyle. Someone that will not only show you how to do so yourself and coach you every step of the way, but will also give you the real accountability you need to succeed.
This article was presented to you by Rob Jeffers, North London’s leading expert on weight loss, postural correction, injury rehabilitation, pre/postnatal, core conditioning, and golf performance training.
Rob Jeffers, founder of RJ Personal Training, is a highly acclaimed health and lifestyle coach, personal trainer, and motivational speaker. Rob is also a fitness model, featuring in numerous media such as magazines, newspapers, and TV.