Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

“Guest Post”

Today I want to give you a simple weight loss tip about how you should go about your weight loss journey. Let’s face it: Most of us (myself included) are impatient! We want the fastest result possible while simultaneously having to do as little work as possible to reach that desired result.

 
The path of least resistance, some would say…
 
And so, we see shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss, and see morbidly obese people go from fat to thin in an extremely short period of time. If they don’t lose double digits in pounds per week, they’re eliminated from the competition, and are demoralized by the coaches on the show right before getting the boot.
 
Personally, I find these shows to be deplorable for a number of reasons. The first being that the way that weight loss is portrayed to both the contestants and the public is unrealistic. These ‘celebrity trainers’ put these contestants who are ill-prepared for physical activity through brutal all-day workouts, and put them on an extreme calorie restrictive diet consisting of nasty processed foods from food companies that sponsor the show.
 
These methods of diet and exercise are EXTREMELY unrealistic, and there’s no wonder that they don’t work long term! Not only is that amount of exercise not realistic for anyone, but our bodies can only stay in a starvation mode for so long. When we push past that ‘time limit’ our bodies allot, our hormones are thrown all out of whack, and EVERYTHING we eat (good, bad or indifferent) is stored as FAT!
 
That’s why contestants from these shows always seem to put the weight back on and then some! To top it off, these poor people are demoralized because they didn’t lose 10+ lbs in a given week. I’m sorry, but are you kidding me?! Even if you lose half a pound in a week, you should be proud!
 
One of the few reputable weight loss studies out there concluded that you shouldn’t aim to lose anymore than 1-3 lbs per week. If you lose gradually within this range, the chances of you having extra skin, stretch marks, and hormonal or metabolic issues are much LOWER than if you were to lose a whole lot of weight all at once.
 
So, for example, if you have to lose 40 lbs, it should take you about 20 weeks, or five months to lose if done at the two-pound-per-week rate. That’s realistic! Not to lose the same amount of weight in just two months’ time.
 
I’ve had a few consultations lately with prospective clients I’ve had to turn away. They’ve stated things like, ‘If I don’t lose a lot of weight quickly, I’ll lose motivation and give up,’ and will stick to that falsehood even after I try to steer them in a better and healthier direction. Despite me pointing out my personal struggles, and how gradual weight loss worked PERMANENTLY for both myself and many of my clients, they refused to accept that strategy, and at that point, I had to say bye-bye.
 
When you have a long way to go, I know how it feels. I’ve lost 100 lbs from my heaviest to where I am now.
 
When the scale doesn’t move, or it barely budges, and you don’t see progress ‘fast enough’ in your mind, you begin to get discouraged. That dangerous but normal ‘What the hell?’ feeling begins to creep back into your mind.
 
DON’T LET IT! Trust me: Been there, done that…
 
It took me six years to lose 100 lbs. That’s only 17 lbs per year, and trust me, it wasn’t a consistent 17 lbs per year! There was a year or two thrown in there where I plateaued, and couldn’t get below a certain weight no matter how hard I tried. And I know now looking back that it was because I left my body in a starvation mode for too long, and it was resisting the fat loss and weight release due to how messed up I was making my gut bacteria, my hormones and my metabolism.
 
Please heed my advice, and look at your weight loss journey as just that: A journey! It’s not going to happen overnight. Week 1 can be deceptive, because adding exercise and a new diet to the fold will shed 3-10 lbs of water weight. Trust me, this happens with every serious client, every time!
 
After that, things are going to slow down quite a bit, and that’s OK! The better you eat, the less you cheat and the more you move. The healthier you make your body,  the more you’ll LEARN, and thus, the better chance you have of keeping the weight off once you’ve reached your goal.
 
Enjoy the rest of your day!
 
 “Hey – My name is Pete! I’m a Permanent Weight Loss Specialist, whose mission is to help as many people as I can to release their unwanted weight FOR GOOD by making healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes.
 
I struggled with my weight for over 20 years of my life, culminating in a 70 lb weight gain during the first semester of my sophomore year of college. Being that I was already 30 lbs or so overweight, this left me with exactly 100 lbs to lose!
 
After five years of plateaus, research and trial-and-error, I figured out what worked for me, and then set out on my quest to help busy folks like yourself avoid all the starts-and-stops that I experienced on my weight loss journey. Armed with seven personal training and nutrition certifications, I filled up on knowledge so that I can deliver the best science-based service to my clients. 
 
The amazing thing is that not only did my system work for me, but it’s worked for many of my clients the world over, ranging from college students to busy moms to top-level executives, and even United States Marines!
 
If you’re interested in a program that’s designed around YOU, your challenges and your needs, then I’m here for you. Feel free to check me out at www.weightlossbypete.com, or set up a 15 minute strategy call with me at www.weightlossbypete.com/strategy.”

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