So, yeah. I have this conversation pretty much all the time with my clients, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why so many people don’t make any progress: a lack of patience.
When you first start your fat loss journey, you see fast results and are super motivated. These initial results can give you a false sense of what the process will actually be like. Soon, progress slows down as you enter what I call “The Suck”: that period of time where you’re doing everything right but still no progress (seemingly), is being made. And then you give up because you’re downhearted and de-motivated but believe me when I tell you that you need to give it more time.
If you had given it time, this is what would have happened….
You can’t force fat loss. The only thing you can do is coax your body to drop fat by having a calorie deficit and training.
Calm down and be patient. You didn’t get out of shape in a week; you’re not getting in shape in a week.
The people who have this “fast fat loss” mentality are also the ones who tend to gain it back after the diet ends, or quit entirely after a few weeks. Not because aggressive dieting doesn’t work, but because this mentality a) encourages the use of fad diets that won’t be sustainable in the long-term, and b) doesn’t help you build the habits that allow you to maintain the loss in the long run.
Now that’s out the way, the second thing we should probably discuss is how fast you should be expecting to lose fat. This depends on how much fat you have to lose. The higher your starting levels of body fat, the faster you can expect to lose. Conversely, the leaner you start, a slower rate of loss will be best to minimise muscle and strength loss.
So, folks, be patient and stay consistent and trust the process and you will achieve your fat loss goals.
Craig / Tailored Physique Fitness