Lately, I’ve been receiving some comments among readers who want to throw in their own two cents on weight loss philosophy. This is great, but unfortunately, these comments have the negative undertones of belittlement and disbelief. These individuals all sound the same. It goes something like this:
I don’t know why everyone has to make things so complicated. Just eat less and move more and you’ll lose weight.
or I’ve also heard:
Losing weight is so easy. All you have to do is burn more calories than you consume. Everything can be simplified down to that simple equation.
No Sh*t Sherlock
To these individuals who like to belittle the efforts of millions of weight loss under-goers, I say – No Sh*t Sherlock. Do you really think you’re telling us all something we don’t already know? As one responder to the comment said, would you also tell an alcoholic to just stop drinking? Would you tell someone with depression to just be happy? We all know those are the simple solutions to the problem, but simple does not mean it’s easy to do. There are more complex, underlying causes to these problems, and weight loss struggles are no different.
There are thousands of weight loss blueprints out there, and for the most part, they all work. The problem isn’t that we don’t know the formula for weight loss, it’s that we don’t have the formula for adherence. To get that, you have to learn. You have to learn about nutrition and exercise and about all the little intricacies of a healthy lifestyle. You have to learn about yourself, and about your emotional connection with food. That’s why they call it a journey – it takes time to learn about who you are, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there.
Losing Weight is Hard
That’s right, it is hard, very hard – until all of a sudden it’s not anymore. It stops becoming hard once you make the complete transition to a new lifestyle. Then, it’s just as easy as your current “unhealthy” lifestyle is. The transition, however, can be a constant struggle between your mind and body.
There’s a reason why all the people that make the 100lb body transformations get all the glory, while the fit individual who has always been fit gets looked right over. You might think that the fit individual should get some credit for never letting themselves get out of shape in the first place. Granted, that is very impressive, and they should be commended for their fortitude.
However, the individual who underwent the big body transformation receives all the glory because they overcame an internal struggle that consumed their lives. For that very reason, millions of people read their transformation stories and become inspired by what they accomplished because they relate to that person on a personal level. They know just how difficult it is to change your lifestyle for the rest of your life.
What Then, Do You Do?
First off, you ignore the people who look at you and wonder why you just don’t “get it”. Obviously you do, and they aren’t helping. Next, you start educating yourself on the next steps. You stop searching for how to lose weight fast, or how to lose weight easy. If you’re reading articles like that, you will be right back to square one in a short amount of time searching again for how to lose weight fast.
Instead, focus on making slow, steady, and attainable lifestyle changes. This isn’t a race. I can’t emphasize that enough. I know you’ve read that 100023 times, but I really want you to soak it in – this is not a race. It is going to take some time to change your habits and create a new lifestyle. However, if you’re patient, and you stay consistent, those small changes will eventually add up. Eventually, you make it over the hump, where you have replaced a majority of your bad habits with good habits. From that point forward, things get easier until you can’t believe you were once living the way you were.
I urge you to block out the noise, and continue moving your life forward – slowly, happily, one positive change at a time. You will get there – people do it every single day, and you are no different.