Whenever I talk to people about their plans for dieting, they tell me about how they want to lose 20 pounds in a month or something along those lines. I admire those goals, as it is always good to have ambition. But the problem is that we see weight loss as some short term battle that must be won. Even if you do manage to win the battle, what is going to happen afterward?
The hard fact that no one wants to talk about is that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you must go through a lifestyle change. Cutting calories for a month will help you lose weight. There is no doubt regarding that fact. But you will then go back to the same habits that got you into that position. What will you have achieved? Such yo-yo dieting is why so many people never lose weight! To reach your goal for your dream weight you can try intermittent fasting.
Another aspect of short term thinking is that you can set yourself unrealistic goals that you will not be able to achieve for more than a week or two. Say you decide you will completely eliminate any foods that you enjoy in favor of fruits, vegetables and other healthy items. It is a noble idea. But have you gone too far? Can you sustain eating things you dislike for more than a few days? It is why making small changes over time can make it easier to sustain this activity for the long term.
Health Not Weight
We also have too much of a fixation on weight. Yes, you want to lose weight as being lighter means that you look lean and you are probably in a healthier position. But you also have to think about the overall wellness of your body. Are you eating foods that are good for you? Are you avoiding bad habits like smoking or excessive drinking? These factors also matter, not just how many pounds you managed to shed in a month.