Healthy and quick weight loss are nearly mutually exclusive propositions: quick weight loss usually isn’t healthy and healthy weight loss usually doesn’t occur quickly. However, under the understanding that healthy quick weight loss is an objective for millions, there is wisdom worth passing along that does not amount to making any unhealthy, extreme weight loss recommendations.
Bear in mind some of the following when focusing on your healthy quick weight loss goals:
You’re going to be alive for a long time
Typically, people wanting to lose weight quickly are under a nuanced state of short-term panic. Maybe there’s a pool party you got invited to this weekend. Maybe you just got done seeing a chiseled Hollywood superstar on a jumbo screen and have realized the urgency that you too should look that good. Your motivation to lose weight is good, but your motivation to lose weight quickly is probably rooted in some form of a short-term, irrational frenzy.
Here’s the thing: you’re going to be alive for a long time (we hope!). This is life. Welcome. Pull up a chair. You’re going to be here for a while.
If you’re 35 years old, consider that you’re probably going to be alive for another 600 months (that’s if we assume you make it to 85). So if it takes six months to reach your weight loss goals, big deal! That’s a measly 1% of your life dedicated to creating a lasting, healthy lifestyle change needed to make you feel better about your weight and body. Six months might seem like a long time. Even six weeks can feel like a daunting commitment to change. But in the big picture of your life, it’s a very small amount of time. Take some deep breaths and accept the reality that anything worth having isn’t always easy to get. It’s going to take more than just a quick, short-term change to reach your goals of resembling Shia LaBeouf or Anne Hathaway on the big screen.
Find a support section
Healthy quick weight loss requires a big working commitment. You need people in your corner who understand your goals and will be there with you to help you see them through to the finish. Recruit a friend, co-worker, spouse, post to Facebook, or join a program like Jillian Michaels. Do whatever it takes to announce to the world, “this is where I want to be and I want to be there by this date.” Be loud and unashamed about your weight loss goals. The more in over your head you can get by rallying support from others, the better chance you’ll have of staying committed to your lifestyle change.
Weight loss is a simple function of burning more calories than you consume. You’re going to burn calories no matter what you do. You burn calories while you’re asleep. However, if you really want to ramp up the daily caloric deficit you are operating off of, you need to do more than just cut back on eating. For healthy quick weight loss, cut back on the calories you’re consuming and engineer a greater calorie deficit by exercising daily as well.
Now, it’s important not to overdo it. You should consult a professional before beginning an exercise program especially when it is linked with a reduced calorie intake. A variety of medical complications can arise from pushing yourself too hard. We don’t want you fainting in the gym because you pushed yourself to the extreme, so stay smart about it and get a professional recommendation before you get started, but exercise is virtually a mandatory component of quick and healthy weight loss.
Become an outside observer to yourself
Successful quick weight loss involves cultivating within yourself an impartial entity that observes… yourself! Train your mind to be meditative and aware. Notice things about yourself. “Huh, I’m really craving falling back into my old habit of eating something right now because I’m bored. That’s interesting.” Just notice it and move on. You don’t have to judge, condemn, react or repair. Just notice. That’s it.
Oftentimes, simply being aware of the fact that we are opening the refrigerator when we shouldn’t be is all that is needed to close it and go do something else. Make your mind an objective observer of your own existence and you might be surprised of some of the self-destructive behaviors you are able to correct.
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