Many of us have tried and failed to lose weight multiple times in our lives. Somehow, we would decide that giving up on ourselves was the best option, and just like that, our “diet” went out the window. This path that many choose to take seem like the easiest option, but it is also (quite unfortunately) the most dangerous. This week, I’ll be focusing on the reasons that giving up on yourself is a bad idea. Hopefully, by the end of this all, you’ll realize why sticking to your plan is crucial!
The price of giving up on yourself:
- Your physical health will suffer
- You may put on more extra weight than you already have
- Your mental and emotional well-being may be compromised by your failure to follow through
- Once you give up permanently, you are in the danger zone of certain diseases and health problems, both now and in the future
These are only some of the important costs of giving up on your weight loss journey. There are many reasons for failure, including bad diets, insufficient support systems, and a focus on changing the wrong things. The good news? This is all avoidable! You CAN lose weight! You CAN keep it off! And…you CAN find yourself in the best shape of your life. One simple factor makes avoiding these 4 consequences possible: Losing weight by focusing on lifestyle change & gradual progress. Losing weight and keeping it off is not about doing it quickly, getting results right away, or looking for a temporary solution.
A diet that does any of these is not right for you, because you will fail. If you’re really looking to succeed, you need to be willing to make permanent changes in your life. More importantly, you have to believe that slow progress will give you lasting results. Once you’ve adopted that mindset, you can start the most successful journey of your life towards a (permanently) lighter, healthier you!
Why will your physical health suffer, you might ask? The more extra weight you have, the harder it is for you to be in shape. And if you start and quit an attempt at weight loss, you’ve still got that extra weight on you. You probably are in no better shape than you were at the beginning of your failed attempts. If you are, the fact that you’ve quit trying probably means that you’ve given up on getting into (or staying in) shape. Is that really a problem?
Yes!!! Not being in shape means having trouble with fun outdoor activities and feeling bad about it. It means having poorer heart health than those who are in shape. (Which means the stresses of life can catch up with you one day) It also means a less efficient body and a slower metabolism. Quite possibly, being in poor physical health means others in better shape will outlive you. All this because you’re carrying a few extra pounds on you…and the list can go on, but you get the idea…
For the sake of a better future in your horizon, it’s important to avoid pitfall number one. If for nothing else, do not quit your weight loss journey for the sake of your physical health!
Another downside of failing to shed the pounds we hoped to lose is that we will probably end up with a lot of negativity. Most likely you know what I’m talking about. Those thoughts you have putting yourself down…the ones that tell you that you’re no good, that you’re fat, that you’ll never lose your extra weight, and that you can’t be in shape. It’s these thoughts that are most damaging and that can be very counterproductive to our future attempts at weight loss.
If we start a diet, find it hard and quit, we start thinking that we’re not good enough. We get into a mindset of “giving up” and of being failures in the weight loss world. Once that door opens up, it’s extremely difficult to get out. It can become a vicious cycle of try, fail, & think negatively. The more it happens, the more we convince ourselves that we can never succeed at losing weight and turning our lives around for the healthier.
That’s not true, of course, which is why avoiding this pitfall is just as important as avoiding the first. Our mental and emotional well being must be sound before we start any type of weight loss journey. And to keep our well being positive and healthy, it’s best to avoid fad diets and quick fixes that provide only temporary solutions. Then what’s the easiest way to maintain a healthy mentality? Go for slow progress and gradual lifestyle change. You’ll find yourself succeeding, accepting healthy choices, and feeling great!
Tune in next week for a discussion on reasons three and four to get the complete picture on why giving up is not an option!