I think the most frustrating thing about trying to lose weight is that you never see the changes as fast as you want. I am of course talking about the healthy way to lose weight and not about choosing a crazy magic diet.
Did you know that in order to lose 1 pound, you need to burn 3500 calories?
One pound equals 3500 calories. If you think about it, one pound equals half a pound of french fries or 80 chicken nuggets (those small ones) or 10 cheeseburgers.
Do you know how much exercise you need to put in in order to burn 3500 calories? To lose 1 pound you need to either ride a bike at 18 mph for 4 hours or you need to keep jogging for about 6 or 7 hours.
Does it look like junk food is worth eating now?
Giving up on junk food doesn’t mean you’ll lose weight overnight though. It just means that you reduce the empty calories you give your body. In order to lose weight, you still need to exercise a lot and burn calories.
Want to lose 1 pound? Go to a spinning class at least 2-3 times a week, go jogging on 2-3 days a week (or take up a team sport, go to the gym – find the right type of exercise, one you can enjoy!) . With a healthy diet and proper exercise, there’s no reason why this method should fail.
The ‘key ingredient’ to all this exercising program you set up for yourself is PATIENCE. Don’t expect to see results too soon. I’ve been struggling with this too when I started to exercise regularly and I was quite disappointed, to say the least. There were no changes on the weight scale and no significant changes in my body.
Busting your ass off to see no results is pretty harsh. There’s one thing you know though (I found out about it the hard way): when all of a sudden we start to work out and eat right, our bodies go from the “That was good eatin’, now it’s time for a nap” to “Whoa there! What the hell are you doing to me?”
The body ‘knows’ that you’re trying to change it’s rhythm and, since change is hard, our body enters a stage when it starts to fight back and, unfortunately, chooses to rule against you. That’s OK, there’s no need to panic. You just need to give your body time to adjust to the changes and, once that happens, you’ll see how the pounds will slowly drop.
It’s a bit scary because you know you’re eating right, you see how you’re able to exercise more and more each day and you feel so full of energy all of a sudden, but the scale shows the same annoying number, too much weight.
Don’t worry about it! You keep doing what you’re doing, exercise, eat your veggies, drink your milk and you’ll be fine!
Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. If you manage to lose 5 to 6 pounds the first month, you should be jumping for joy! It’s all about determination and patience.
My advice: do not be afraid to eat (don’t ever starve yourself!), do not be afraid to see the weight doesn’t decrease at a fast rate because it’s normal and – most important – do not try out magic diets or pills or anything that will deprive you from the nutrients and number of calories you need for your body. It’s OK to eat more, it’s not OK to eat less!
Keep up the good work and believe in yourself!