Friday, January 29, 2016

Do not underestimate the power of 10 pounds

One of the biggest mistakes my new client can make is to say "I just, or only, need to lose about 10 pounds". Have you ever tried to lose ten pounds?

 In todays age of extreme weight loss with shows like Biggest Loser where the contestant loses 14 pounds in one week, we have become programmed to think that is not a lot of weight.  This could not be further from the truth.  The things we don't, and will never see on that show are the feelings and struggles with food that the contestants go through.  All they show is the tough workouts that make it look like contestant is working at 90% of their heart rate max for 5 hours a day, when I assure you, they follow a program just like I do, and the 90% max is only a fraction of the time.

The difference between Biggest Loser and the average weight loss American is that we still must live in our environment.  We don't have the benefit of group exercise for 5 hours a day.  We have jobs and families to distract us.  We have emotions to sift out at the end of the day.  We cannot dedicate 100% of life to weight loss.

In a real environment of life, ten pounds is a lot.  It may seem small on a journey of 100 pounds, but the first ten pounds are truly where we learn the most about how our body responds to the food we eat and the exercise we get.  We learn what works and what does not.  And when we get to 5 pounds, almost inevitably we will hit an obstacle weather it be a woman's monthly cycle where the scale goes up, or a man cold that brings him down.  These are real life situations that, in the first ten pounds, we deal with and learn how to get back up and fight.

This post was not meant to be a discouragement, but rather a realistic look to avoid the sabotage of disappointment.

It's all about setting realistic goals and being ready to stick to them for an amazing accomplishment!