Over the last few years as reality TV has taken over the airwaves (and our living rooms) we have had a chance to really see how people lose weight and the struggles that they run into in their weight loss journeys. Yet even with the popularity of shows like The Biggest Loser people are still struggling with their weight.
How can this be with millions of people watching these shows on a weekly basis?
Well in my experience as a fitness blogger I get a lot of email and I think I have learned part of the big picture for what it takes to lose weight and what will help people really succeed in their weight loss dreams.
There are four things that make the difference between losing weight and keeping it off and not losing weight or almost worse yet, gaining it back. Here are the four things we can learn from the Biggest Loser.
1. Having a coach makes a difference – On the Biggest Loser Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper teach everyone to eat better and to train correctly. Often the people that go to the Biggest Loser ranjch have no clue just like most people that are overweight do not know how to exercise an d eat correctly. A coach makes all the difference.
2. A weekly deadline will crystalize your motivation – By using a weekly weigh in the folks that run the Biggest Loser know that they have to perform every week or else face getting kicked off the ranch. One day dogging it in the gym or one bad meal can make a big difference and the competition is right next to you for you to understand how critical every action is. Make sure you don’t let you guard down.
3. It’s a journey not a sprint – How often do we see the people on the Biggest Loser lose lots of weight one week and then have trouble because they are burned out the next couple weeks? When you work it too hard then you will become disenchanted with your workouts and your eating sacrifices. You have to balance those hard workouts with some downtime so you don’t burn out.
4. It’s not just the eating, it’s WHY you are eating – We all seem to think that we are a machine. There are no emotions and any emotions that we have are under our control. But, how many times have you seen Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels pull someone aside and drill down why they have gained the weight?
There always tends to be an underlying reason why people got fat in the first place, find this reason and it will be a lot easier to make permanent changes in your life.