The title of the post might seem aggressive, almost offensive, but I assure you it is not. Weight loss is hands down the most common goal in the health and fitness industry, and if I was to venture a guess, I would say it is the least achieved goal as well.
People are constantly setting goals to lose x pounds by x date, and yet so many of the same people are not achieving this same goal. Although this may seem odd, to me the answer is as simple as it is complex, because the harsh reality is that weight loss is not a goal, it is merely a positive side effect of good health.
Think of it like this; if you subscribe to the idea that weight loss is a goal, then you also have to subscribe to the idea that weight gain is a goal. Different people gain weight for different reasons, albeit in most cases, people didn’t gain weight with a goal to do so. True weight loss is an accumulation of positive lifestyle habits, the same way weight gain is impacted by an accumulation of negative habits.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a goal of weight loss, because there isn’t, but if you want to lose weight, for the long-term, you need to take a step back and look at the big picture.
The paradigm-shifting moment is when you realize that the actual goal is the process. The goal of weight loss is not the number on the scale, it is the process of getting there. And yes, the process is hard, there will be ups and down, but you only learn by doing, and some of our biggest lessons come from trying and failing.
Having a goal weight is fine, but once you reach it the job is not done. The real work is in the maintenance. News flash - if you had to eat vegetables and drink water to get to your goal, you’re going to need to continue doing that.
So my point in all of this is that if you want to lose weight, you need to dig deeper with other goals and think about your why. You need to understand that although these goals may seem like fluff to many, they are the real goals. Weight loss is a positive side effect of eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, so if you focus on those things the weight loss will come.
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