The posters in the Facebook groups continue to entertain me on a daily basis.
Everyone is "struggling" to lose weight, "frustrated" with the scale, or they "can't break that plateau" or they "fell off the wagon."
What starts bad, ends bad.
I can guarantee you that every one of these people who is frustrated with a plateau or a relapse did one thing wrong that almost everybody gets wrong: lose weight fast.
When I update my Windows, I usually do it at night because it takes a couple of hours to reboot everything. Yes, two hours. It's a large OS and I have a lot of diet. I hit the button and let it do its thing.
That's how weight loss should be. Hit the 'play' button and let it run. Check the progress once a week, but it expect the process to take a while.
No one does that. In our culture that is addicted to instant gratification, we want everything now.
Whenever I hear someone say, "I need to lose [X pounds] by the wedding," I know that it will end bad. Crash diets and rapid weight loss are a health hazard (see previous e-mail). Impressing people who don't care about you is a health hazard.
Losing weight should be the least frustrating thing you do. What's more important than losing weight is getting started and making sure you have control over what you eat. Once you lose control, all bets are off, and that scale isn't going to go in the direction you want it to.
Weight loss is only a sign that you're doing things right. It's a feedback mechanism to show that you're making good decisions, that you're in control, that you're saying no when you should and yes when you should.
Losing weight isn't as urgent as they say. You're not going to have a heart attack if you don't look in a bikini in the next 60 days or if you don't lose 30 pounds before you see your family again for the holidays.
But controlling what you eat is definitely urgent and not something that should wait. The good news is, once you control what you eat, weight loss is almost automatic and you don't need to do keto or fasting to get the results you want.
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