Your weight loss journey is one of the most important journeys of your life.
Ok, so you’ve told yourself, "This is it!" You're ready to join a weight loss program and start changing your life. You may be currently reviewing different wellness, diet and fitness programs to see what would work best for you and find yourself overwhelmed with the variety of choices out there.
There is no one best way to lose weight. People find success in a variety of different programs. The key is to find something that is realistic and sustainable for you in the long run. It shouldn’t require that you have to completely change your life around.
It also shouldn’t feel too strict and depriving. This will only lead you to rebel and start bingeing. It should feel like something you can sustain for the long haul. In other words, it should look like a permanent solution, not a temporary fix.
The best programs teach you how to make positive lifestyle changes so that you can maintain your weight loss. This is why diets fail. They work for weight loss but simply don’t teach you how to keep the weight off. Remember, anyone can lose weight, but it takes real skill to learn how to keep the weight off.
Before you join any weight loss or fitness program you should ask yourself some questions. Try to be completely honest with yourself when answering the following questions.
Do I like tracking my food and goals? Or do I like to take a less structured approach and just cut back on what I have been eating by being more mindful and making healthier choices?
Do I want to start exercising more?
Do I have the discipline to work out at home? Or do I need to join a gym or take a class?
Will the program I’m considering fit into my lifestyle? Is it something I can manage long-term or does it feel too strict and depriving to maintain the rest of my life?
Does this program teach me how to make lifestyle changes or is it just a temporary diet? If it is a temporary diet, how am I going to sustain the changes after I lose the weight?
Do I need the support of a group or a buddy, or can I manage on my own?
Do I do better when I’m accountable to someone? Am I self-motivated and follow through on my goals fairly easily or do I procrastinate if left on my own?
Am I willing to address the stressors in my life that lead me to emotional overeating?
Am I willing to learn new ways of meeting my needs that are non-food related?
Am I willing to do what it takes for this program to be successful?
Am I willing to set aside the time needed to exercise?
Am I willing to reduce my stressors so that I can implement changes in my lifestyle?
Am I really willing to make this a top priority in my life?
Am I truly ready to make a commitment to my long-term health and well-being?
Is this a good time in my life to start implementing changes? Or do I already have too many things going on in my life?
Honestly answering these questions will let you know if you are truly ready to make the necessary changes it will take to lose the weight for good. Halfhearted attempts at losing weight will only perpetuate a feeling of hopelessness and failure. Wait until you are truly ready to put your heart, body and soul into losing weight. Your spirit and body will thank you for it.