Why is it so hard to make a fitness transformation?
Most people would like to be more fit, but making significant progress on your fitness journey is much easier said than done.
To answer this question, we must first look at the traditional unsuccessful approach that most people have, and compare that approach to that of those people that make successful transformations.
The traditional approach that most people follow echoes the age-old advice: “Eat less, exercise more.” The exercise component of this usually looks like getting on the treadmill a few times per week. The nutrition part, many people choose to “go on a diet.”
Whether the diet limits you to a certain number of calories, or you can only eat certain foods, or the food comes pre-packaged, the premise is usually the same:
Most diets will falsely claim that you can have permanent results by only making a temporary change.
Traditional “diets” are easy to do, but this is because most people go in with a particular mindset. Usually, it’s something like this: “Okay, I’m gonna follow this special diet for X amount of days, I’m gonna do exactly what they tell me to do, I’m gonna lose the weight.”
And because we focus on the wrong things, we end up going back to doing what we were previously doing, which got us the results that we didn’t want.
Most of us have the assumption that this process will take zero mental effort on our parts; we think that we can follow the “diet” like a prescription, lose the weight, and keep it off. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The reason why “diets” don’t work is that we don’t focus on our habits. A “diet” is temporary, but habits can last for years or even a lifetime. If we don’t focus on our habits when we try to make a fitness transformation, we are destined to fail.
Habits are one very important area of your life that affects all other areas of your life. We must examine our habits as they relate to what foods we eat, when we eat them, and WHY we eat them (the answer isn’t always that we’re hungry, let’s be honest).
Here is a good quote that I feel highlights the importance of habits:
“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Unknown
In order to make a fitness transformation, we have to start new habits and get rid of old ones.
That’s the tough part. The mental part of it is actually harder than the physical part, believe it or not.
I can go into the different steps of what a transformation might look like, but unless and until YOU decide to make the commitment to changing your habits, it’s not going to help you.
It’s not an easy process, but I can promise you that it’s worth it.
There are some quetions that you can ask yourself to help decide if you are ready for this commitment.Here’s what some of those questions might look like:
How much do I value my health and wellness?
Am I comfortable with and confident in the way I am treating my body?
What parts of my life do I need to change in order to become the healthiest version of myself?