Do You NEED To Weigh 9 Stone 7 lbs?
One of the biggest problems I see ladies continually go through is this ultimate fixation on a number on the scales.
And I've had plenty of conversations in the past that have gone like this:
"I MUST be 9 stone 6 lbs and then I'll feel good about myself."
"Once I get to 65 kg then I can say I'll be happy with my figure."
"My target is to reach 150 lbs so that I can go clothes shopping again."
Now these aren't completely terrible goals to have.
In fact, what I like about these is that these ladies have an actual goal set for themselves in however long a time period they have given themselves. In my opinion, and in the results that I've had with clients: having a goal to aim for is always a more effective approach than just saying you want to look better.
Because how do you measure your progress with statements like 'look better'? It's very difficult to keep getting progress if you're not tracking any of your data.
Anyway - I digress.
What I do disagree with is that you must focus on an actual single weight figure to get to and stay at.
Mostly because it's next to impossible to do it - but also because it might be unrealistic for you to achieve it in the window of time you dedicate to dieting.
You see, you can't just keep losing weight and not have any consequences attached to it. Not only will it lead to a significant drop in your energy levels and desire to exercise, it drives up your chances to seek out highly sugary, salty and fatty foods whilst also playing havoc with your hormones.
We need to see dieting as a block of time, that once you've gone through it, you're going to exit it whether you hit your goal or not.
This is known in the industry as having a dieting season and off-season, i.e. cutting and maintaining/bulking.
From a timeline perspective it could look something like this: Jan to March - dieting March (for 1 week) - diet break
March (remaining 3 weeks) to end of August - dieting
Sept to December - maintenance period
Now these dates are completely arbitrary so please don't think you have to go out and action this timeline right now.
But what I'm trying to get at is that if you don't make your specific goal weight in the timeframe that you have set then it's not the end of the world.
Not getting to 65 kg, but only managing to hit 67 kg from 78 kg is not the end of the world - it's actually a good run at dieting.
Which is why your long-term focus should be on hitting a weight RANGE instead of a specific number.
Because if you miss your specific number you're going to think you're a failure, even if you managed to drop 11 kg instead of 13 kg.
Take myself as an example - last year I dieted from 93 kg down to 77 kg in 6 months.
My target was to get down to 80 - 82 kg with my long term intention (factoring in some muscle toning) to be within 85 - 87 kg for my height and age. Obviously I blew right past this but I knew that the 77 kg would be short lived as once I started to eat more food that it would quickly shoot back up due to an increase in things like energy storage due to my muscles filling out.
So within a couple of weeks I went back to 80 kg and hovered here for a while. This was around September.
However, as I started to exercise a bit more and increase my food intake, my weight climbed back up to 85 kg which was around November.
Awesome! I was now around where I wanted to be and now I have increased strength and muscle mass, whilst having lost a lot fat in the process.
But I knew that I didn't have to lose my s##t if I did gain some more weight from here.
And even now, if I went over 85 kg and drifted up to 87 kg I'd still be fine with it because I'm in my range.
I didn't set out to aim for 85 kg and want to stay there forever.
I knew that once I dieted down that I'd have room to build on my fat loss and actually build up muscle whilst trying to keep away the fat.
Whereas if I was completely fixated on wanting to be 85 kg I would become neurotic about it and excessively check my weight all of the time to make sure I wasn't 86.1 kg.
And this is what we are doing with our clients all of the time.
Giving them a ball park of about 1-2 kg / or about 3-4 lbs to aim for.
In my opinion this is a much more realistic and manageable approach to dropping weight, and means that if you do happen to jump up by 1 kg you are still absolutely fine and do not need to go into meltdown mode.
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