Weight seems to come on quickly. The reason it seems to come on so quickly is because you don’t really notice the gain of a pound here or there. When the pounds accumulate, however, the end result is often shocking. Clothes are suddenly too tight and you may find that it is a bit harder to move.
Permanent weight loss is also a slow process. As much as you would like for it to be a quick process, the fact remains that it took you awhile to gain the weight. Therefore it is going to take awhile to lose the weight. It will mean reversing all of the bad habits you have learned. To do that, you will need to take baby steps. Baby steps will enable you to form new and healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Taking baby steps means to start slowly and tackle one issue at a time. For example, perhaps you have been drinking soda rather than water. One of the baby steps you could take could be to slowly incorporate water back into your diet. I remember being addicted to diet soda, thinking they were okay because they were “diet”. The fact is that they seemed to trigger a craving for other foods that weren’t so healthy for me. Also, since I was drinking diet soda all of the time, I rarely drank any water at all. I took the baby step of allowing myself one diet soda a day. The rest of the time I drank water. After awhile, I seemed to lose all craving for soda, and now all I drink is water.
It is also important to take baby steps in your exercise program. Nothing can burn a person out faster than being overly ambitious when starting to exercise. Not only can it lead to injury, you are actually setting yourself up for failure. You need to find an exercise you enjoy and build upon it gradually. If you enjoy walking, don’t start out walking 5 miles a day. Walk for a mile a day until you are comfortable doing that. As you progress, you can increase the distance or the effort. You may want to incorporate a hill or two in your walking. You may want to alternate walking and running at some point.
If you start off too vigorously on an exercise program, you may actually sabotage your weight loss efforts because your metabolism is going to be tricked into thinking you can continue at such a high pace of exercise…and that is unrealistic. You are more likely to do it for a week or two and then just feel overwhelmed and cut back to near nothing. When this happens, your metabolism will slow down, and you will gain weight faster than ever before. The important thing to remember is to do it gradually, a baby step at a time.
Anyone can lose weight quickly. The problem is that when you lose it quickly, you are more prone to gain it right back. This is because you did not take the time to reverse your bad habits. Once the weight is off, you will go right back to the old unhealthy habits that led to your weight gain in the first place. It is a revolving cycle.
Take the time to incorporate baby steps into your life when embarking on a weight loss and exercise program. It is your best chance for continued success.