There’s this familiar saying that goes, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
When it comes to weight loss, this saying is your mantra. If you’re overweight or obese, in most cases, it’s the result of a sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices.
There’s no escaping this harsh truth. Your body is a reflection of your actions. You wear what you eat and once you proactively accept ownership of the situation, it’ll be much easier to make changes and get ahead.
Do note that taking ownership does not mean blaming yourself. There’s nothing to be gained from blame. In fact, you’re not entirely at fault and we’ll see why later.
For now, let’s look at why you’ll experience discomfort and challenge during your weight loss journey.
Your Body Needs to Adapt
Your weight loss progress will mostly be determined by your diet. You’ll need to gradually cut down on the starchy carbohydrates, processed foods and junk food. You’ll also need to reduce your portion sizes.
Even if you’re making small changes, your body will resist because we’re all creatures of habit. If you drink 3 cans of soda daily, even cutting it down to 2 cans may make you develop cravings for the third can.
While manageable, it’ll still be a challenge to stay disciplined and not drink the third can. This battle of wills between you and yourself will appear in a variety of situations.
Your body will not want to go to the gym. You may feel a little hungrier if you’re eating only 75 percent of what you’re normally used to.
Accept this fact. Change will be met with resistance. Yet, change is necessary.
Hormones Wreak Havoc
One of the biggest struggles most unyielding struggles that people face when changing their diets is cutting down the carbs. Our bodies are addicted to carbohydrates. You could choose to gradually reduce your intake, or you could cut them out cold turkey and only consume carbs once every 4 days.
The reason we struggle is because our hormones are at work here. Your body experiences an insulin boost every time you consume a carb. Junk food makes people feel happy. So does sugary foods.
Our hormones know what they want, and when you do not give them what they want, your moods will change and you’ll experience discomfort. This is part and parcel of the process.
Keep going and your body will adapt. After 2 or 3 weeks, you’ll not have these cravings any more.
Old Habits Die Hard
Old habits are hard to break… but they can be broken. The act of breaking them will mean proactively seeking to make changes. Since most changes take place outside the comfort zone, you can expect some inconvenience and hassle.
Be ready for your mind to cook up plausible excuses as to why you should give in to temptation. Ignore every excuse it churns out. Stay on track.
New Habits Take Time to Form
When trying to form a new habit, it’ll take time because not only do you have to overcome the negative repercussions of breaking the old ones, but you’ll also need to find the discipline to stick to the new ones – which usually don’t seem fun at all.
Nevertheless, with persistence, in about 50 to 60 days, these new habits will be ingrained in you. It usually takes longer than commonly quoted 3 weeks to build a good habit. In some cases, it can even take 9 months before a habit becomes second nature to you.
So, persevere until the habit is no longer a struggle.
By now you’ll realize that losing weight is a mental challenge and not a physical one. Step out of your comfort zone and make the necessary changes to achieve your weight loss goal.
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. ”Henry ford