Don’t Let Slow Weight Loss Kill Your Mojo

Weight loss is both a  powerful motivator and formidable personal challenge for many folks.  Losing weight is a process and extra pounds never fly off as fast or as consistently as infomercials claim.  Healthy eating and exercise will work, but altering “lifestyle” habits is an arduous process during which weight loss results can vary greatly. What happens if slow progress torpedoes your motivation and sinks your program? That guarantees no results!  Perhaps a wider perspective is in order.  What if weight loss was just one of many motivations…?

Consistent exercise and good nutrition produce lots of positive changes, which happen to come together in a package whether we like it or not.  Regardless of your purpose, doing the right things will produce both desired and unanticipated results. Consider athletes; their main goal is improved performance, so they train to be stronger, faster and more powerful. They also tend to be lean and have appealing physiques.  They probably enjoy that effect, but it’s not the reason they train.  By the same token, if you changed your diet and started exercising everyday to lower your blood pressure, you’d probably lose some weight too.  It doesn’t really matter what motivates you – the benefits of your hard work are happily lumped together.

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Of all the positive changes that come from diet and exercise, weight loss tends to be the most capricious.  Weeks may pass without the scale moving, but while you’re faithfully working out to shed body fat,  your strength, mobility and endurance will improve. You’ll most likely see improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, stress, sleep and energy as well.  All of that should add up to you feeling better, and celebrating that can keep you going when weight loss stalls.

Ultimately, exercise only works when it’s consistent and sticking with it requires incentive.  Weight loss should be motivating, but why not also get stoked about all the other great changes driven by your hard work and dedication?  Take some pressure off yourself and don’t get hung up on weight loss.  Keep moving, eating right and celebrate all the aspects of a healthier you!

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Michael Bento is an Advanced Trainer at the Clubs at Charles River Park. He holds a Masters degree in Human Movement and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.

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