As with anything in life, mistakes are bound to happen… and that’s okay. You learn, adapt, and overcome. And diet and exercise is certainly no exception. That being said, there is one very common mistake that most make (including myself when I first started) that will certainly keep you struggling to lose weight. But the good news is that I’m going to not just talk about the mistake, but what to also do instead. Continue reading to learn more!
You see, when most people get started with diet and exercise, the number one thing they begin to focus on is losing pounds off the scale. There is some mysterious obsession with what the number is saying each and everyday! There really isn’t anything majorly wrong with checking the scale to see how much you weigh and how much progress you have made… but there is a problem…
Focusing more on losing weight off the scale is only going to lead to serious frustration… and then that’s when mistakes happen.
This is just like trying to make money in business. The moment the business owner focuses entirely on how much money they are making, they will fail. The reason why is because you are going to lose focus on what’s more important. And what’s more important is providing your customer’s with amazing customer service and an amazing product/service… and THEN the money will follow.
The moment you focus more on losing weight, and you don’t see the results you want, mistakes are bound to happen. This includes things like starving yourself, taking diet pills, completely eliminating nutrients (such as carbs and fats… which is not a good idea since you need healthy carbs and fats), and so much more!
So, what’s the better thing to do?
Well, the best thing to do is to firstly focus more on DOING. This means to put your attention on achieving small, simple, and attainable goals. Don’t focus on GETTING. By focusing more on DOING, you will find it much easier to stick to your goals.
For example, set a small attainable goal to let’s say… drink at least 32 ounces of water before lunch everyday for a week. You know what that does? That increases your likelihood to drink more water… you’ll be more OVERALL motivated with your weight loss goals because you’ve achieved such a simple goal… and you’ll increase the likelihood of achieving more goals!
Secondly, what I recommend you do focus on more as far as results are concerned, is fat loss and how you look. Burning off fat is MUCH more important and seeing how you look will be a better and more accurate gauge as to how far you have progressed. Not to mention, when you burn off fat, you lose weight ANYWAY… and you don’t lose muscle tissue!
So there you have it. If you want to stop feeling a lack of motivation, then I strongly recommend you step off the scale for a while and focus more on achieving small attainable goals, and focus more on burning off fat and gauging your success based off of how you look. You can still weigh yourself of course, but keep it to a minimum (such as once a week). Oh, and make sure to weigh yourself first thing in the morning on an empty stomach AFTER you have went to the bathroom. This will give you the most accurate number.