One of the biggest issues that we see in dieting circles is people who are viewing the process as a sprint. They keep talking about how many calories they have to burn each day so they can make their weekly goal. Why are they in such a rush? Because they want to lose 10 pounds in a week or 20 pounds in a month. These are the types of goals that so many people set for themselves when they are dieting.
What is the issue with setting such goals? The problem is that you are putting a lot of pressure on the coming days and weeks. If you have a slip up, you will be much further away from your goals. And that can lead to a lot of regret, self loathing and other issues. It can also mean that you will give up on your diet halfway through, because you are just not making the type of progress that you hoped.
Dieting is Not a Short-Term Process
But we have to start looking at dieting and fitness as more than a short-term process. You cannot be thinking of a diet as simply the few weeks when you are cutting calories at an extreme rate. Sure, you may have some weeks where you eat a lot less so you can boost your weight loss. But that is not the only part of your diet.
In fact, the true part of any diet is when you are living the rest of your life. Those are the days, weeks, months and years where you will have the biggest impact on your life. Those are the moments where you may end up gaining back that weight. It is why so many struggle with yo-yo dieting.
Make sure you are thinking about fitness as more than a few weeks of dieting. Start to think about long-term changes that you can make to improve your health. The weight loss will follow!