Imagine if there was just one thing you needed to do to successfully lose weight? With the myriad of weight loss solutions, diets and programs available, imagine if it was really that simple. Well it is. After more than fifteen years seeing clients for weight loss, there is one common factor that stands out above all else when it comes to those who are successful at weight loss. Are you ready for it?
OK, here it is, the real secret to weight control – they are successful because they turn up. Yes, you heard it right. Weight loss success is not dependent on any one diet or exercise regime. It is not about getting ready for a wedding or a reunion. It is not about a special juice fast or a million hours at the gym. Rather it is about committing to any one process and simply turning up.
Turning up is actually very easy to do. It means turning up to what you have committed to, 100% with no excuses. It means going to the gym even when you would rather not. It means making that extra effort to get to the supermarket even though you are tired. It means attending your diet appointment or meeting with your personal trainer as that is what you have committed to.
Turning up is the most important factor when it comes to making progress, no matter how small as when we turn up, instantly we build energy, energy that ultimately helps us to continue moving forward. Once you get to the gym for example, you feel more positive, burn some calories and leave feeling inspired and motivated. The same can be said for a diet appointment. You may not have made progress the week or fortnight prior, but simply attending helps to keep holding you accountable and will always leave you feeling more motivated than before you went.
Yet so often we take the easy way out and give ourselves a reason not to turn up – ‘I had a bad week’; ‘I know what to do, I just need to do it’, ‘it is not the right time’, ‘it is not the right program, person, time or diet for me’, the list goes on and for every one of these excuses more time gets wasted, chances are more weight is gained and positive progress is never made.
So if weight loss is your goal, do yourself a favour this week and ‘just turn up’. I guarantee you will be in a much better position physically and psychologically at the end of the week simply by doing so.