Are you willing to do the work now even if you don’t get “paid” with results right away?
One of the biggest challenges we have as Registered Dietitians in our office is getting people to see and accept that the new changes they have made to their lifestyle today, and even for the next few months, is not likely to make much change in the goal they came to see us for (with the exception of energy/productivity). I know this sucks. I wish there was another way to speed up results.
What we know about the science of weight management, eating disorder recovery, cholesterol reduction, diabetes control, and more is that it will take you more time than you likely hoped. You may have heard that it takes 21 days to change a habit but this is simply not true according to research on behaviour modification and habit formation. It will likely take you months, if not years, to solidify new changes into automatic habit and to see the results you are looking for.
For example, if you have 50 pounds to lose and only lost one pound this month but have put in place some great sustainable healthy systems, try not to get frustrated. Focus on the habits you need and the consequence will be weight loss. The more you focus on the number the more you will try and aim for unsustainable extreme habits that might result in short term weight loss but certainly won’t last.
As Thomas Jefferson said, “Anything worth having, is worth fighting for.” Are you willing to do the work now even if you don’t get “paid” with results right away?