Real talk: Your weight loss goal may not be realistic

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Your weight loss goal may not be realistic. There, I said it.

There is no magic pill, diet, work out or waist trainer that will help you lose weight in a sustainable way. You know what DOES work? Putting in the work and time then being consistent and patient. Booooring, I know

Think about the amount of time it took you to gain the weight you are trying to lose. Maybe a year or a few years? So, is it realistic to think that you’re going to lose it in a month or even six months? Nah. 

If your goal is to lose weight, your best bet is to stick with a healthy and sustainable nutrition plan and stay active, even if it’s just getting 10k steps per day. Although it may take longer than you’d like to lose the weight, it is better than not sticking to a plan and continuing to have unhealthy habits and/or gaining more weight. 

Remember: The key to weight loss is consistently eating in a calorie deficit. If you track your food and are “good” on the weekdays then eat whatever you want on the weekends, then you are stunting your progress. If you get off track for a meal, a day, a week, a MONTH even, don’t think you’ve missed the train completely, just hop right back on and get back to those healthy eating habits.

Lastly, weight fluctuations are normal! Don’t let the number on the scale affect you mentally, just stick to your plan and the results will show.

So what does realistic weight loss look like?

A healthy weight loss rate should be 0.5% to 1.0% of body weight per week. For instance, if you weigh 180 lbs and are consistently eating in a calorie deficit, you should expect to lose about .9 to 1.8 lbs per week.

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