The desire for quick wins plagues many, especially those who pursue weight loss. It’s important to follow a sustainable path to your goals, one that requires commitment and consistency.
We live in a society that demands nothing less than instant gratification. We want what we want, and we want it now. Waiting for things just makes us unhappy and miserable. This applies to nearly every aspect of our lives–including our weight loss journey.
Go into any store, there are shelves lined with “quick fix” products. Scroll through your social media pages, and I promise you, someone will be touting some new “best thing you’ve ever heard of” weight loss aide. Claims of losing 5 pounds in 3 days without ever changing what you eat flash across our screens daily. We baulk at spending money on healthy food, but don’t hesitate to shell out hundreds of dollars in some new weight loss product. The weight loss industry is one that thrives on our need for instant gratification.
Instant gratification isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be. Most time, people who use the above mentioned products either end up gaining back the weight they loss, than some, or, in some cases, damaging their metabolism. Metabolic damage can wreak havoc on your life, and can be almost impossible in some cases to repair. The need for instant gratification in our weight loss journey ends up ensconcing us in a vicious cycle. Buy the product. Lose weight. Stop the product. Gain more weight. Buy the product. Lather. Rinse Repeat.
Eating healthy and committing to a workout schedule is the best–and most effective–way to reach your weight loss goals. Yes, it takes a bit longer. But, it works. Proper nutrition and physical activity are key to losing weight. So what if you don’t see results in the first 3 days? Been at it 4 weeks and only lost 5 pounds? That doesn’t matter. You are doing something for yourself. You are making yourself healthier and happier. And you can’t put a timetable on that. Anything worth doing–and doing right–is worth the time
Learn to embrace the journey you are on. Celebrate the small things. Be proud of who you are and who you are becoming. Made it to the gym 3 days this week? Great!! Maybe you can’t see any physical changes yet, but take note of how you feel mentally and emotionally. Pay attention to how making one good choice slowly snowballs into a weeks worth of good choices.
Trust the process. Because it’s the process that makes you stronger.
Melissa Austin has successfully lost over 120 pounds in the last 4 years. In doing so, she discovered a love and passion for fitness and helping others. Melissa holds several fitness and nutrition certifications.