Many of us have a goal of losing weight to look better, feel better, or move better.
It’s easy to put EVERYTHING ELSE on hold until we “get there,” right?
“When I lose weight, I’ll be happier.” “When I lose weight, I’ll wear that style.” “When I lose weight, I’ll start putting myself out there.”
It’s easy for fat loss to become not just a goal, but a lifestyle.
Fat Loss is Not a Forever Goal
Let’s get this out of the way: fat loss is not nor should it be a lifestyle. Fat loss, should you choose to pursue it, is simply a phase and should be treated as such.
Continuously grinding away towards fat loss, without any strategic breaks built in your progression, will lead to massive burnout as it becomes suffocating and all-consuming. This, in turn, results in a sub-par effort, and therefore in sub-par results.
If you are working towards fat loss
I encourage you to focus on it for a specific block of time, maybe four to six weeks and then focus on maintenance for at least one to two weeks. Rinse and repeat, and notice how much better that feels.
I’ve worked with hundreds of women and I can’t count the number of times where, when discussing goals, a woman has told me: “I feel like I’m supposed to want to lose weight… I don’t want to, but maybe I should.”
Your Goal Is Not Fat Loss
Let me be very clear: your goal is not “supposed to be” fat loss, despite all the aggressive marketing pushed on women through every media platform. Contrary to what this messaging would have you believe, you have a life to live. And this life doesn’t have anything to do with weight loss.
Lose Weight to Feel Better?
If you have a goal of losing weight to feel better, move better — or frankly for whatever reason you desire (Your Body Your Business) I completely respect your choice. But I implore you to remember that your worth is not attached to your weight, regardless of what that number is.