Have you ever beat yourself up for not losing weight just for one week? One of the biggest weight loss issues is the all or none problem. People think that they need to be perfect which isn’t true or possible. How many people do you know or yourself that watch their so close every day and the first day you don’t lose weight say well this doesn’t work. What you are doing is looking for your excuses before you even start. The belief that weight loss and your fitness program is black and while will keep you from achieving your goals.
One of the best analogies for the all or nothing syndrome is a flat tire. If you drive a car you have experienced a flat tire; it is going to happen. So, what do you do? When people get a flat tire they either fix it themselves or get professional help fix their tire and move on. It may frustrate people to get a flat tire though they don’t make a decision to never drive again because they got a flat tire. With weigh loss and fitness though once they get a flat tire, people decide with their bodies to flatten all the tires to make it worse and then never drive again. If you going to live at a healthy weight you are going to get flat tires moving on and doing the best you can tomorrow is essential to long term success. Just like when a car breaks down you take it to a professional, this may be a good idea with your most important machine your body.
There is this idea that there is the perfect workout and if I can’t do it well I won’t workout at all. An example is that you read in the paper that people lost weight while working out in the morning. Since morning workouts don’t work for you most people just say well I can’t ever be fit and never start a fitness program. The belief that things have to look a certain way is a self sabotage that most people aren’t even aware they do. If you haven’t achieved and kept your weight loss off most likely you are telling yourself some version of this.
If you know you think in absolute black and white terms when it comes to weight loss and fitness there is hope. The secret is to change how you set your goal up. Instead of setting the usual 10 pound, 15 pounds, or so on goal pick an event to do like a charity walk or 5k. This allows you to focus on something a few months away instead of watching the scale twice everyday. People who set event goals tend to overcome minor obstacles and achieve greater weight loss than those that stare at the scale.