Have you ever joined a weight loss challenge group?
If so, why?
Eleven years ago, I joined the very last weight loss, challenge group. I was a part of it for a little over a year, and I tossed the whole group to the curb. I was drained, and every time I looked at pizza, chocolate, hamburgers, and fries, I started to shake. Well, maybe I didn’t shake, but I sure did feel like it. All I wanted to do was eat up everything that I saw. But I knew I had to weigh in on Saturday, and I wanted to win. So I would eat very little, and on most nights, I would skip dinner.
Skipping dinner will lead to late-night munching, and late-night munching will cause weight gain. Not to mention that all the late-night munching will cause you to have a miserable night’s sleep.
And what is one HUGE factor in losing weight?
SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP
So take this advice from a woman that has been on several diets, exercise fanatic, and has suffered from poor nutrition.
Weight loss challenge groups SUCK!
If you want to get healthy, you have to educate yourself on all the proper foods for your body. Internally we are all different; therefore, certain foods may trigger something negative within me and not you. And when you join a weight loss group, I doubt that you are taking time to get to know your body. The main goal in a challenge group is to lose weight; it doesn’t matter how you get there, just get there. A nutrition plan is pushed to the back burner.
It has always been a red flag for me when a new client tells me that they are on a mission to win a weight loss challenge at their job or in their family. My immediate questions are:
- Is there a cash prize?
- Will there be men and women that will take part in this challenge?
- Are you at the high end of the challenge?
- How long does the challenge last?
Our bodies need six months to a year to transform. And men will make the transformation much more effortless than women. Women have to put in WORK to lose weight, and we need to practice patience to do so.
Unfortunately, challenges will enhance your anxiety and cause you to make poor decisions to win. You may decide to overtrain and brush off the importance of rest days. You then may choose to stack that with small and very few meals throughout the day. Which ultimately will cause you to crash and burn. Keeping you on this never-ending cycle.
With the summer weather quickly approaching and vacations being planned left and right, make sure you are making long-term goals and not right now goals. Long-term goals will be good for your soul, and a short term will lead you to possibly having a lifetime of ups and downs.
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