How to get Self Discipline to Lose Weight.
The first two things the majority of people think about when they want to lose weight is…..diet and exercise……and usually in that order.
Yet, most of these people fail to realize that controlling their own discipline is even more important than diet and exercise and more than often the real reason why Diets Don’t Work.
So if you are serious about losing weight, then…………
Your self-discipline will ensure you eat the right foods for your body to be fit and healthy and encourage the loss of excess weight, so as the old saying goes, “If it is to be, then it’s up to me”. In other words, it is mind over matter.
And this is the crux of the problem for most people when trying to lose weight as evidenced in this quote: “You can’t change anything in your life until you have a reason that is bigger than not changing.” My good friend in England, Martin Avis said this after losing 23 kilos which he then documented in this step-by-step guide which is well worth a bit of your time to have a look at The Kickstart Ultra Simple Weight Loss Plan: How I Lost 50 LBS in 90 Days.
It worked for Martin so there is no reason why it won’t work for you too. So, give it a try.
Unfortunately, for many people, self-discipline is something that continually seems to be just out of reach…..but let me help you here. Rebecca, a very helpful lady I came across from the Self Development Secrets site was also frustrated by her lack of self-discipline. But over time she came up with some great solutions – read Rebecca’s 10 Ways to Develop Self Discipline.
Discipline will keep you on a caloric deficit even if your stomach is growling and demanding a midnight snack. It will also prevent you from skipping workouts and give you the incentive to give it your all when you do train.
So if you are at the end of your tether, your willpower and discipline have flown out the window and you need to change the habits that got you into this mess, then I have something that I am sure you will find very helpful. It is a free PDF guide authored by James Clear who is an expert writer on Habits. You can find the guide on this page here: Transform Your Habits.
James says, “Most people think that building better habits or changing your actions is all about willpower or motivation. But the more I learn, the more I believe that the number one driver of better habits and behaviour change is your environment.”
Weightloss is a mental game, more so than a physical one.
A recent article in The New York Times backs this up when it says, “Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower.” It’s certainly worth reading what they have to say……there is some interesting genetics study results included.
But in the end, it’s all about staying on track and finishing the job you started on yourself. It’s a slow and often arduous process – make no mistake about this……..but it is well worth the effort.
You could be obese and struggling or you could be lean and trying to shed the last bit of stubborn fat to see your six-pack.
Whatever the case may be, burning fat takes time. One can only presume that’s why it’s called a weight loss journey.
Staying focused requires the self-discipline to stay focused and go through the motions even though it seems to be taking forever to lose weight.
More than often, it’s the time that it takes to see results that is the biggest hurdle to get over.
It’s the one obstacle that trips up most people who want results overnight which are not realistic anyway.
Many people fail to realize that it’s a slow process but, quitting will not speed it up.
If you don’t want to start over again in the future, don’t stop now. It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.
When creating a diet plan for yourself, keep it sensible so that it’s challenging but not torturous.
You MUST have an eating plan to follow. Don’t try to wing it. That never works.
When you have a plan, all you need to do is follow it. Like a horse with blinkers on, you’ll keep moving forward without being distracted.
The same applies to your fitness training program.
Plan your workouts at least 2 or 3 weeks ahead and train when you’re supposed to. Do not skip workouts just because you’re not in a mood to train. Just give yourself 10 minutes and get started.
Generally speaking, once you start your training program, you’ll take the workout to completion even if it’s 30 or 40 minutes long.
If you lack the discipline and give in to temptation, you’ll end up skipping today’s workout. Once that happens, it will become easier to skip tomorrow’s training and the day after that.
Next thing you know, you’ve not trained for 6 months and it all started from that 1 workout you skipped.
And getting a friend involved too works wonders for your motivation and attaining your target weight.
Self-discipline for weight loss is all about doing what you need to do even when you don’t feel like it.
You might even like to try these 5 Simple Diet Changes That Will Make You Lose Weight…..Guaranteed.
There will ALWAYS be days when you don’t feel like doing what you need to stay on the fat loss wagon.
In fact, this will generally be the norm.
It’s the brain’s way of self-preservation.
It sees the difficult tasks as unpleasant and tries to cook up excuses so that you stay in your comfort zone.
Discipline will make you stronger than your excuses.
You know what you need to do to get to where you want to go… and you’ll do them. This is what separates the winners from the losers.
Winners do what everybody else won’t do so that they can get what everybody else can’t get.
It’s this self-discipline that makes people winners. And we all know – winners are grinners.
Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumbbell; it starts in your head with a decision.
So if you want a body that you can be proud of, practice self-discipline daily. It’s your best friend for getting achievable results in everything you do in life.
It’s not just about the weight you lose but also the confidence and inner strength that you’ll gain in the process.
Believe in yourself and know that you are your own competition.
So I’m now hoping weight loss discipline and perseverance will become the BIG WINNER for you.
And remember this too – the one point I keep coming back to is the fact that a “one size fits all” approach to fitness and nutrition just doesn’t work anymore – just keep trying until you find what works for you then don’t stop.
I urge you all – go for it and good luck with your journey.
Cheers – John – your Active Ageing Mentor and Coach.