Even though it usually takes many years to gain weight, our quick fix society leads us to believe that we should be able to lose that 20 to 40 pounds in one month, or even one week. And if we cannot lose the weight that quickly, then something is wrong with us.
That is just not the case. Get thin quick schemes don’t work. Just like get rich quick schemes don’t work. If they did work, then everyone would be thin and rich.
I love reading stories of those out there who have lost large amounts of weight. They always have a few things in common. One man who lost 245 pounds calls it the 3 P’s: passion, persistence and perseverance.
The common traits that I have observed among those who lose vast amounts of weight, are consistency with eating and exercising. You have to be consistent, and do a program that is sustainable. It has to be sustainable long term. If you eat right or exercise for only short periods of time, you will not see any progress, and will not get the main benefits associated with exercising and eating right.
If you are not passionate about losing weight and being healthy, it can be very hard to stick with. You will only be able to lose weight if you stick with it. You have to be consistent about your exercise and healthy eating. Too many people try to exercise for a few weeks or even a few months and then stop for a few months and then go back to it again. You have to keep slowly chipping away at the weight that you slowly gained over the years. In my experience, the faster you lose the weight, the faster you will gain it back. The converse is true as well. The slower you lose the weight, the longer it will stay off.
If you lose weight quickly it has to be through an extreme measure. Such as restricting calories to 1200 per day, or cutting out all carbohydrates, or eating only cabbage soup for 1 week. These extreme measures and changes will help you to lose weight quickly, but it is usually just water weight.
Eventually you have to go back to eating the way that you used to. You just can’t sustain long term, eating in one of those extreme ways. Since you haven’t learned how to eat healthy, you go back to your old eating habits. These are the eating habits that caused the weight gain in the first place.
Exercising the easiest way to lose weight. It is the best way to burn calories. Eating right and dieting can help with weight loss, but it will be much more effective if you couple it with exercising. Eating right can reduce chances of illness and cancers. It can also speed up recovery from illness and injury. This is a pretty major advantage. It is my opinion that the main change to our bodies as we age is that we don’t recover from injury as fast as we did when we were younger.
Exercising will only work if you can do it consistently. You can only exercise consistently if you are exercising in a sustainable way. You have to do low impact, low weight, easy on the body exercises. Only by doing this type of exercising will you be able to stick with it for the rest of your life.
If you can stick with exercising and eating right throughout the rest of your life, you will feel better, have less pain, have more mobility, be more independent, be more active, and suffer less as you age.
Living longer and feeling better through sustainable exercise, and eating right long term, is the Pain Free Way.
Here is a link to an article about the man that lost 245 pounds: