5 Important Things I’ve Learned During My Weight Loss Journey

Changing the way you eat is much more important than exercise

This may sound like common sense, but at the end of the day it truly isn’t. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in terms of weight loss was in the year 2017, I had just begun working out on a regular basis. I had a nice little routine going, five days a week with two rest days that weren’t back to back, my schedule was Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday working out with Tuesdays and Fridays being my rest days.

Make Small, Manageable Changes

I tried doing both in 2019, and I very quickly became overwhelmed by the change and simply reverted to my old ways. Funny enough, I made the changes backwards, I started with the daily exercise in 2020 and just recently started focusing on my eating habits. I also just now started to see weight loss, which is by no means a coincidence. This may seem like a practice what you preach moment, but it is because I have done it wrong that I am able to tell you just how wrong it is.

Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint

This difference in mentality shows us who is in it for the long haul and who is just looking to cut a bit of weight before going back to detrimental eating habits. Remember, weight loss isn’t a sprint, you don’t drop a ton of weight over night, this is a marathon that lasts your whole life. You don’t get to diet for a couple months then go back to eating the way that you did, because in the end, you’ll find all of the weight you lost. For me, I found all of my lost weight in sweets.

Weight loss is a mental journey rather than a physical one

This one may seem confusing, I promise you it isn’t. Sure, when you exercise, you may struggle with it due to aching joints, physical pain, or just lack of stamina. These are nothing compared to the mental struggle of weight loss. If you’ve ever attempted to, or successfully lost weight you understand this fully.

Cheat days are a necessity

When you are changing your diet, you might consider cutting out all forms of junk food. Meaning snack foods, fast foods, carbs, and sweets. This sounds really good and looks great on paper, but in reality you enjoy these foods to much to never eat them again. If you stop eating them all together it can feel like you are actively punishing yourself, this is not good. Diet and exercise should never be looked at as punishment, you should enjoy the process, since the goal is to make it a permanent change in your life.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

I wanted to keep this list short and sweet. But there is so much that to talk about when it comes to weight loss, I figured I’d throw a couple bits of information at the end and briefly cover them.

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Nicholas Andrews

Nicholas Andrews

I am an aspiring writer with a love for gaming, I hope that one day I may combine these passions into a career. I will be posting mock articles to hone my craft