Amy lost 100lbs in a year!
James went from beer belly to six pack is 6 months!
Maria got her pre-pregnancy body back in 16 weeks!
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
These are the headlines we tend to see and remember most. They are what anchor our expectations. And when we fall behind those lofty expectations, we’re left frustrated, angry, and usually give up.
Trying For That Extreme Transformation
I think most of us would like to decide to lose weight and then go out and lose 2lbs per week consistently until we hit our goal and then “relax”.
I call this winning the weight loss lottery. Why? Because the odds of it happening to you are slim to none.
The chance of you experiencing this kind of transformation is about 1 in 100,000 people. It just doesn’t happen. So I’m going to go out on a limb and say you aren’t going to win the weight loss lottery.
That’s not meant to discourage you. Just the opposite, actually.
It’s meant to encourage you and show you that the small progress you make, whether it’s improvements in weight loss, body composition, energy, strength, body image, happiness, or health, are all amazing accomplishments and are moving you closer to your goal.
Play the Realistic Odds
What most successful transformations look like might surprise you. Research shows us that about 20% of people who undergo a weight loss journey lose weight and keep it off.
20% might not sound like a lot, but compare that to the lottery example of 1 in 100,000 (0.00001%). Yeah, suddenly 20% doesn’t sound too bad.
Of course, there are ways to improve your odds of success – a supportive community, an accountability system, behavioral change, and working on your mindset/perspective can really help cement in your transformation.
But the point is that to give you the best chance of succeeding, you have to be willing to let go of your lottery expectations and accept what’s really ahead of you:
- Struggles – a lot of them. But they are necessary. Breakthroughs are born from struggles. Struggle avoidance is a sure way to ensure you never experience transformation.
- Stalled weight loss even when you’re doing all the right things. We can’t control the outcome, only the process. So you have to put your faith into the healthy habits you’re developing and trust that the outcome will be a side effect of those behaviors.
- Falling off track. You’re going to overeat and miss workouts. No one is perfect. But it’s not about the mess ups. Those are sure to happen. It’s what you do after them that matters most. They can be a blip in the road or they can be the reason you give up. It’s your choice.
- Dwindling motivation. You’re unlikely to be as motivated 3 months from now as you were when you started. Your goal from day 1 is to figure out your “why” for losing weight – having a balance between external (appearance) and internal (health, quality of life, etc) motivation.
Those four items above are what the real 20% success rate looks like. It’s not pretty by any means. It’s not easy either.
You have to ask yourself if you’re willing to take on those struggles to succeed. If you’re not, you won’t.
Of course, you could always play the weight loss lottery. If that’s the case, I wish you luck – you’re going to need it.
But if you’re willing to put in the work and confront the ups and downs of your weight loss journey, you’re going to do amazingly well. It is literally going to transform you both on the inside and out.
You will become a new person. This new identity will be positively reflected in all parts of your life, from relationships, to jobs, or to any new self-improvement goal you take on.
I truly believe each and every person has it in them to experience transformation. And that includes you.
Why not see what you’re capable of and push through your next struggle? See what happens. See what you learn about yourself.
You might just be surprised what you’re capable of.