Are You Focused or Just Busy?
Losing weight is a journey and it’s very easy to get lost if you don’t know what you’re doing.
There are thousands of people who decide to shed stubborn fat every single day. They make big plans, overhaul their diet overnight, start hitting the gym daily, and obsess over weight loss every single minute.
In most cases, they quit after a while because the changes don’t come fast enough. They have spun their wheels furiously and still seen no progress.
It’s akin to not going anywhere but being in a rush to get there. There’s a difference between being productive and just being busy.
In this article, we’ll look at how you can adopt a proactive mindset to achieve your weight loss goal.
* Make gradual changes
The first step is to accept that changes will come slowly. Once you come to terms with this harsh realization, you’ll be much more likely to stay the course without quitting.
All changes to your lifestyle should be measured and gradual. Making sweeping changes overnight to achieve faster results will only tire you out and make you quit.
This applies to your diet, training, sleep habits, and so on. Be proactive in making positive changes whenever and wherever you can… but don’t go overboard.
* Track everything
It’s imperative to check your progress while you’re on the journey. Do not rely on your memory. Most people can’t even remember what they had for breakfast two days ago.
Start a weight loss journal where you’ll record what you should eat, what you actually ate, how hard are you trained, how long your exercise session was, how you felt at the end of the day and so on.
Remember to note down if there were any hiccups during your day, or if you slipped up. After a while, you’ll notice certain patterns emerge and discover that some thoughts and actions cause you to be more likely to skip a workout or cheat on your meals.
Everything that goes on during your weight loss journey should be recorded in this book. Use a pen and paper instead of doing it online or in an app. There’s something magical about writing things down. It also makes for easier reference.
* Strive to beat your personal bests
The purpose of the journal is to show you how, where and when you can make small improvements daily. For example, if you only trained for 20 minutes today, the following day you can aim for 25 minutes.
This applies to your diet too. Watch your macronutrient intake and strive to comply with the requirements as much as possible, while cleaning up your diet daily.
By making small incremental changes, you’ll find it easier and more manageable to maintain a high compliance rate. This is the best way to progress without torturing yourself unnecessarily.
* Have a plan
Losing weight will require you to have a plan. You can’t just cut your calories haphazardly and decide what to do at the gym when you get there. You need more focus to achieve your goals faster.
Plan your meals for the week on a Sunday and stick to the plan. Write down your training regimen and state what exercises you’ll do, what days you’ll train and how long your sessions will be.
This will keep you focused and you’ll have a plan to follow. Thinking of what you’ll eat or do at the gym daily will only cause decision fatigue and have you running in different directions like a headless chicken.
Form a plan… then work the plan. This will ensure that you’re focused instead of merely feeling busy. At the end of the day, only results matter. Focus on being productive instead of busy.