Episode 141 – Is it weight loss or about feeling better?
Today’s insightful thought about health and fitness is this question,
“is it weight loss or about feeling better?”
Whenever I look back at my old clients progress (most of my clients initially came to me with a weight loss target in mind), I noticed they actually felt happier and yet lost less weight than they initially came to me with.
For them, their transformations were really matter of confidence building in their exercise or functional movement and even feeling healthier as opposed to hitting a number on the scales.
I guess initially they only knew how to communicate their health and fitness needs in terms of numbers – which is fair enough because it can be quite hard to aspire towards something you can’t quite describe (particularly if you haven’t been there in many years or even ever).
So for you… particularly, if you wanna lose weight fast.
Here’s some food for thought:
Read on below.
First, you’ve got to look at your goal in detail as this provides markers to work towards. To help you build detail about your goal, ask yourself these questions:
- Is it fat loss? is it weight loss?
- is it just about feeling better?
- or is it something completely different?
These questions will help you with both self-awareness as well as a general awareness of health. They will also govern your behaviours, habits and attention.
Then once you’re sorted out the detailed around your goal, find your methodology.
The best place to start would be to tick off the basics:
- make sure you are exercising,
- make sure you are sleeping right.
- make sure you manage your stress so that you don’t get adrenal fatigue (which is another important thing as well to look at, so that you’re not getting excessive fat storage around your midsection)
- And of course, make sure you are eating well. Yes, you can go into a calorie deficit – which in the short term is gonna help to accelerate the progress and obviously help burn off extra calories – but it’ll be more important to balance out your nutrient supply by eating key food groups – it’s more slow burn in terms of results but those results are more sustainable for the long term.
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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.
Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.