Weight Loss Products
Let’s start with the biggest expectation for losing weight…
...weight loss products.
Whether they be pills, shakes, meal plans or some form of miracle powder there is a big difference between our expectations and the actual reality of it.
We all think that by starting taking these magic weight loss products that they are going to outweigh our unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.
How is a tiny pill going to keep the weight off from those 8 pints and family size pizza you had on Friday night?
In reality, they aren't going to do much good.
Yes, the shakes may start to work and help you lose weight.
But that is only after you stop eating and only ever drink them.
But the reality then is, yes you may lose weight, but for how long?
How long can you not eat real food for?
Because as soon as you give up with the shakes and go back to what you were eating before, the weight will pile back on (probably even faster than before).
The expectation that all these products will work could be right, but working for the long run isn’t going to happen.
How fast the weight comes off
This is a huge expectation many people have around weight loss.
Because of all the diets and weight loss programs that promise a stone lost in a matter of weeks.
Yet when we actually start exercising regularly and eating quality food, the weight seems to take every bit of effort to come off.
When you’re expecting to lose about 5 pounds in a week and it’s a struggle to lose just one, then it takes a toll on your motivation.
And that’s the reality of it.
A sustainable weight loss goal should be around 1 pound per week.
Now when you’re expecting to have lost 3 stone by next month that doesn’t sound like much fun.
Yet if you think of the long term, that could mean over 50 pounds in one year!
You could do the same as everyone else, aim to lose a stone in the first month, fail and then give up…
...or you could take the long term approach.
That way you’ll be a year down the line and you’ve lost all the weight you wanted, while everyone else is still trying to lose the first 10 pounds and keep it off.
The amount of effort it will take
We want everything to be easy.
It’s got to a point where you can talk to your phone rather than just tapping the keyboard. Both of which are a massive upgrade from having to find information without Google.
However, weight loss is very different - there is no shortcut or way to cheat.
We all try to find the easy way to lose weight.
It’s like a question of how little can we do to get the results you want.
Those vibrating boards that supposedly shake the fat off you.
How many ripped people have you seen using them instead of doing anything which actually makes them sweat?
Exercise doesn’t have to take over your life, however you do actually need to be doing some.
Also when it comes to nutrition, you need to be trying to improve your diet and keep it up for the long term.
It is going to be hard sometimes when everyone else is eating pizza and going out drinking but at some point, you will have to make some sacrifice.
You don’t have to completely abstain from bad foods and drinking.
However, you can’t expect to lose weight while eating pizza and chips every day and not getting up off the sofa.
Who will actually support you
This may be the hardest reality to face, who is going to support you?
When you start a diet or a new workout program, people may congratulate you and say they should do the same.
But the next day at work the cakes come out and everyone thinks you should be having some.
No matter what you say, they don’t show any support because you’re not doing the same as them.
It can be difficult but you’ll be making the progress they want and it’s natural for them to be against it.
You can really try to get everyone on board but it isn’t always going to be easy.
It’s not that they don’t support you, they just don’t understand and don’t always make it easier for you.
When you are wanting to start eating more healthily, your family might not want to change their diets too.
That makes it more difficult if they want different food than you.
The reality is, they may support you but it doesn’t mean they are going to make it easier for you.
This post isn’t about getting you down and making you think weight loss is the hardest thing in the world.
It shouldn’t put you off trying to lose weight and making the effort to improve your health.
Instead, it should help you prepare for the reality of weight loss.
That way you…
...won’t be disappointed if you don’t lose 12 pounds in the first week.
...will know that the weight loss products don’t work.
...are going to understand the effort it can take.
Losing weight can be easy, however staying the same is even easier.
The changes don’t have to be huge but you need to manage your expectations and make it work for the long-term, not just the next few weeks.