On today’s episode we’re talking about how trying to do too much might be setting you up for fat loss failure! This episode brings great news to anyone who has ever tried to lose weight. I am going to prove that you’re trying to do too much and that if you focus on doing less, you’ll get much more from your fat loss efforts!
Myth We’re Debunking: You have to do everything right to achieve lasting weight loss. We (wrongly) believe that we need to adhere to this big, long list of rules. We need to cut back on sugar, cut out carbs, reduce our fat intake, drinks tons of water, take the stairs, get to the gym, cook all our meals, etc, etc. As soon as we mess up, we count the day as a wash, we throw in the towel, revert to our old habits and vow to do better tomorrow.
Truth We Establish: Trying to do too much might actually set you up for long term failure, work against your body and slow your progress. If we identify one or two impactful actions, we can do far less and accelerate our weight loss progress. Ever heard of the Pareto Principle? This universal law tells us that 80% of our results come from a mere 20% of our actions. By identifying that powerful 20%, we can redirect our energy, stop wasting time on stuff that isn’t producing results, and send our success rate through the roof! We also talk about finding our minimum effective dose and how that will keep us from hitting weight loss plateaus!
Practical Implementation: The best way to identify your 20% is by looking for your major pain points. What usually draws you off track? Where do you often stumble? What small habit can you begin to establish that will remove this hurdle for you? On the flip side, what habits, behaviors or routines help you stay on track? Does eating a healthy breakfast set you up for success the rest of the day? Maybe it’s a solid morning workout? Maybe stocking your kitchen with healthy groceries or preparing a few fat-loss friendly meals ahead of time is one of your success keys. Look to your current and past behaviors to identify the things that either draw you off course or keep you on. Pick one or two of those things and develop a habit around them. Don’t take on the world – just focus on those one or two things and practice them CONSISTENTLY until they are habitual and effortless. Then, and only then, move on to add more healthy habits.
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