I want to lose 20lbs in the next 3 months.
This kind of thinking, where you decide how much weight you want (think you need) to lose by a specific date, is flawed and tends to result in no weight loss at all. Here’s why…
Your weight loss expectations have a big impact on your behaviors. Start falling behind your target pace and you tend to use compensatory behaviors to get you back on track.
You cut more calories than necessary due to panic that you might not be beach ready, or you start increasing your exercise intensity or duration to burn some extra calories so you aren’t embarrassed to wear shorts this summer.
But these behaviors create a vicious negative feedback cycle. Calories get cut to the point that you’re hungry all the time, and unbearable cravings start popping up more frequently. You give in and have a little too much of a “forbidden food”.
You feel guilty and upset when you weigh yourself… Continue Reading