“The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.” – Mark Twain
-Eat Protein and Vegetables frequently
-Control portion sizes
-Drink enough water
-Sleep 7-9 hours nightly
-Exercise 3 days per week
Raise Your hand if you learned something new there.
The answer is likely no. The fact is, most of us generally KNOW how to lose weight. We may not have mastered all of the intricate details like dialing in exercise technique or calculating how many carbohydrates to eat per day. But do we even need to?
Ask yourself this question. If you were to make a commitment to doing those five things every day for 60 days, will you have lost weight?
So why don’t you?
The Curse of the Information Age
The internet has been the best thing in the world for fitness in addition to the worst thing in the world. On one hand, anyone with an internet connection can educate themselves on how to live a healthier lifestyle and absorb information written by some of the smartest fitness minds in the world. On the other hand, the “click-bait” nature of the internet, where writers use scare tactics and shock value to generate website traffic, has made weight loss look a hell of a lot more complicated than it actually is.
“Well Mike, if You say it’s so simple, why isn’t everyone running around in bikinis all day looking like super-models?”
The information is not the problem. The IMPLEMENTATION is where people miss the boat.
Eat protein and vegetables. Control portions. Drink water. Sleep. Exercise.
We would all agree that these are pretty simple concepts for all of us to understand. Maybe too simple. Maybe they are SO simple, and SO easy to do, that they are just as easy NOT to do. Simple, easily completed tasks are always the ones that are just as easy to ignore.
So what can we do about it?
Pick one of the categories above. Pick the one out of the five you struggle the most with. At first, shoot for the one that is most easily changed. For this example, let’s use “drink water.”
We are going to set a daily, trackable, attainable goal for drinking water. We are going to aim to drink 1/2 of our bodyweight in oz. of water per day (200lb person = 100 oz. water/day). For that goal, you will choose three strategies you can implement daily to work towards reaching it.
GOAL: Drink 100 oz. water per day
- Drink 25oz water first thing in the morning
- Bring water bottle to work – fill it up with 25 oz of water AT LEAST twice during the work day.
- Drink 25oz water with dinner
Build A Habit
Do not miss your mark for 30 days. If you can accomplish this (you can accomplish this), move to category two. Repeat the same process with portions, exercise, diet, and sleep.
That’s it. There is the strategy for reaching your health and wellness goals. Is it quick? No. Is it simple? Yes. Is it easy? NO! Changing a habit is not an easy thing to do. We are fighting against everything our brain is telling us to do. This is why we choose ONE THING AT A TIME to prioritize and attack it full force.
Now, this does not mean we do not exercise. This does not mean we do not work to get 8 hours of sleep. We can work on the other areas in addition to our water goal, however for the next 30 days, our NUMBER ONE priority is to build a habit of drinking 100 oz. of water per day.
This process can be overwhelming and sometimes we have no idea where to even start. Hopefully this article has given you a little clarity.
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There are no 30 day solutions. There are no magic pills. There are no short-cuts. Success will come from doing the little things daily over a long period of time.