Monday Email Blurb: The Importance of Realistic Expectations

The reactions I get when I emphasize the normalcy (and importance) of slow, steady weight loss are baffling. It’s almost as if we feel entitled to fat loss, entitled to the free and easy path.

We have been trained, by the mainstream media and celebrities endorsing their fad diets, “fat burning” pills, and exercise programs, to believe that weight loss can be quick, easy, and pain-free. This is a facade.

Sustainable fat loss, just like anything else worth achieving, takes time, effort, and dedication. In my opinion, we need to treat the process of losing weight just like the development of any other skill. Would you tell an aspiring golfer that they could become elite if they simply tried this “one trick” or went on this “special training program”? Heck no. We know that the process of becoming good at anything is dubious and time-consuming, so we have expectations that match the realities of the goal at hand.

The same expectations should be applied to fat loss, muscle gain, and general health improvements.

Also, understand that having a big picture, long-term mindset is not synonymous with negativity. Knowing that you’re going to slip up along the way is not being a pessimist, it’s being a freakin’ realist. If you expect to be perfect, you’re in for a tough ride. But, if you understand that failure is a part of the learning process and you’re focused on long-term results rather than immediate gratification, you will be much better off.

Just some food for thought. Make sure your expectations are in line with your goals andyour capabilities. Don’t compare your progress to that of others, and don’t base your expectations on the false ideas perpetuated by those with an agenda to push.

So yeah, I’m rambling now, let’s wrap this thing up. Too much coffee, too little sleep. So much for me setting some sort of example, huh?

Anyways, I hope you’re all having an awesome Monday. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Is there anything in particular that you want me to write about? Topics you want me to cover? Nonsense you want me to debunk? I’m always open to suggestions, so if you have something in mind, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

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