Weight loss - the physical and psychological battle
Weight loss is a physical and psychological battle – one which you don’t need to fight, but to accept long-term. It is not a linear process, and to expect as much is a trap you do not want to fall into. Some weeks you may lose a pound or two, while other weeks you may gain or stay the same.
This is not unusual. A few factors which can contribute to this are hormones, water retention, and how much food is in your digestive system at the time. This is just touching the surface as to reasons why.
From a psychological standpoint, this is what makes your mind-set key to success. The natural reaction to fluctuation in weight is self-criticism, and inevitably falling back into old eating habits. Honesty is important after a weigh-in to determine if the fluctuation in weight is due to any changes in your behaviour, or other factors such as those mentioned above.
- Weigh yourself once a week first thing in the morning.
- Determine if the fluctuation in weight is due to your behaviour or other factors. This is possible by reflecting on a few weigh ins. Notice the general trend.
- Stay consistent in your eating behaviour – create the calorie deficit required for you to achieve weight loss. Consistency is key.
- Avoid fluid retention and hormonal imbalances by drinking plenty of water, having a regular sleeping pattern, and managing stress.