Losing 50 pounds is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward a process as a lot of people make it out to be.
When you are talking about losing this much weight you are talking about something that goes far beyond exercising more and eating less. You need to change your identity, change the way you look at food and exercise, and commit yourself to moving forward with a plan of action that produces the weight loss results you’ve been hoping for.
To better help you prepare for this journey ahead (and make no mistake about it, it is a journey) we have put together this quick guide.
It all starts with realistic (and clearly outlined) expectations
Before you even consider diving right in with a new diet or exercise program to help you lose a considerable amount of weight you need to first begin by outlining your expectations in advance in as clear and concise a way as humanly possible.
You are going to notice a dramatic change right off the bat when you have this kind of weight to lose but then you are going to hit a plateau where you feel like nothing is changing. To push through this process you’ll need to keep your motivation, and that means that you need to understand every step of the journey in advance and highlight your milestones so that you still progress even when you don’t notice any change on the scale.
Make this a new lifestyle and not just a challenge
One of the most impactful things you can ever do when looking to undergo a total body transformation is to abandon the idea of this as some six-week program you are going to push through and instead embrace it as the “new you”.
By making wholesale changes to your diet and eating habits – as well as your mindset and your sleeping habits – you’ll be able to make these changes more permanent, but the changes will also happen much faster.
Eventually you will transform yourself into a healthy person just through the intention to do so and you’ll find that your cravings and your tendency to procrastinate or avoid exercise go right out the window.
It doesn’t get any better than this, and before you know it – in just a couple of weeks – you’ll find that you have fallen in love with the “new you” and it will be physically painful to go back to your unhealthy ways.