You’re absolutely right.
It is a long and tiring journey. The question you should be asking yourself is, “Why did I think it was going to be fast and easy?”
To be fair, this is not your fault.
If you look at any fitness magazine, weight loss advertisement or even articles on Facebook, you’ll see titles such as, “Get a Beach Body in 2 Weeks Flat!” or “Drop 12 pounds in 2 Weeks with FatsBeGone Pills”.
It all looks so easy and effortless. So why is it taking so long for you?
The answer is that you have been lied to over and over and over. If you really stopped to think about it, you didn’t become overweight overnight or even in a month. It would have taken you a long time to become overweight to the point that you know you need to do something about the excess fats.
So, if it took you quite a while to gain weight, why would you expect to lose it all fast?
Because you have been lied to.
The hard truth is that weight loss is a slow, tiring process. You will need to watch what you eat and exercise. You’ll need to maintain a caloric deficit for as long as it takes till your body burns off the excess fat.
Now that the truth has been unmasked, it’s time for a reality check. Generally, people may lose a pound of fat per week. Forget what you have seen on those weight loss reality shows. Most have been edited to make it look like the contestants lost weight in a short time.
The fact of the matter is that initially the weight you lose may be about 4 to even 6 pounds in a week. However, your body will adapt and in a matter of time, you can only expect to see about 1 pound of fat loss per week. Sometimes, it might only be half a pound.
Imagine if you were 30 pounds overweight, it might take you 30 weeks. You can’t get a beach body in 2 weeks. That’s ridiculous.
You’re looking at 30 weeks! That’s about 7 months. Does that shock you? Now you understand why you feel like it’s taking forever. Your yardstick was an illusion. You were basing your expectations on hype and unrealistic claims by people and companies hoping to make money. The health industry is a billion dollar industry and they will do whatever it takes to make your pockets lighter and make you heavier. It’s good for repeat business.
Now that you’re aware that it takes that long, will you stay committed? You should. Maybe you’re just into your second month and you expected to lose the 30 pounds but you only lost 10 pounds.
You feel like a failure but you’re not. You have made good progress. If you stay the course, in another 4 to 5 months you would have achieved your goal. You’re on the right track. All you need to do is keep going.
This is a personal journey and you have no competitors. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight or build a body that is muscular and toned. It all takes time.
If you’re tired, it’s usually because you feel that you’re not seeing results or not seeing them fast enough. Now that you know it takes time, the “not fast enough” is not an issue. If you see no results, there is either something wrong with your training or diet.
You will need to examine them closely. Count your calories but don’t obsess over them. Have a general idea of what range you’re in. Trying to lose weight? You need to be in a caloric deficit. Check it.
Keep examining your training routines, diet and other factors and make changes as you see fit. Nothing is set in stone. Do whatever it takes to achieve your goal and never lose hope. It is within your reach.