You’ve seen it before: new weight loss triggers fixation, even obsession, with losing more and more weight. It’s easy to go overboard, especially when you see results come quickly. Keep these factors in check so that fixation doesn’t take it’s toll and turn into an all out disorder.
You’ve been burning away at the gym, and hitting the pavement like a college track star. Soon, people start to notice and comment or compliment on your new weight loss. All the special attention makes your new bod seem like part of who you are. Sometimes, though, that pride carries over into fixation, and becomes your measure for success. Someone comments on your svelte calves, and you feel like you’ve done your job. No compliments one day and you feel like you’ve failed, forcing you to workout longer and harder.
2. Diet Results
The most effective, long-lasting results come from cutting calories from fatty, sugary and salty foods that become a lifestyle change, rather than a quick acting fad-style diet. Cutting a few calories can produce results quickly, but once those pounds start to peel away, you see the benefits of this new caloric reduction. Then, it becomes a mathematical equation — drop more calories, drop more weight, right? This goes on until you may be reducing calories to a dangerous low, risking your health, and even sabotaging your metabolism.
3. Brand New Body Blues
Most people begin a weight loss plan in hopes of toning a certain body part, slimming down all over, or to feel happy about certain problem areas. Once the weight starts to come off, other parts come into view. Want great arms? Now you have sexy biceps — but your thighs become the focus of your workouts. Once those slim down, your abs start calling to you. This psychological cycle is normal for fitness fans, but can result in you feeling inadequate and downright obsessed.
4. Appearance Focused Goals
Check your goal list: are all of your goals based on a number of pounds or inches dropped? Having slimmer thighs / arms / waist / cheeks? These goals just set you up for failure! Unless you have the willpower to check in once every few weeks, you’ll be checking yourself out on the scale with the measuring tape or in the mirror every day — only to be disappointed with your results.
Reevaluate your targets and go for a strength and endurance based goal, and you may stop obsessing about your weight loss, and focus harder on what makes you stronger. Choose a goal that uses your strengths, or one that puts into practice some of the skills that are difficult for you. Try shaving some time off your 1 mile, 3 mile or 5 mile running pace. Work on perfecting all 26 yoga poses. Set a goal to complete 5 pull-ups in a row, or to increase the weight you put on the barbell for squats by 20 pounds. Work your way up each week for about 3 – 4 weeks and see your progress soar!