I’m sure by now you have heard about the recent Gallup poll that crowned Evansville the fattest city in America. This poll showed that 37.8 percent of the people surveyed were obese, with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or greater.
Now, many people have argued that this was a poll, not a scientific study. This only takes into account BMI which doesn’t consider body-fat percentage and if you are a muscular person, you will be categorized as obese using BMI. There are other cities that HAVE to have as high or higher an obesity rate as we do.
Although these are valid arguments (using the BMI standard, I am overweight), I think they miss the point. Our population as a whole needs to make better decisions when it comes to our health. I don’t believe that we all need to fit into the same category, but having witnessed hundreds of people improve their health and fitness and seeing the difference it made in their lives, I truly believe a concentrated effort on improvement is essential.
There are a lot of challenges when it comes to losing weight. There is so much information available now, especially on the internet, that many people are misled and spend a lot of effort and money on something that just isn’t going to be a long-term solution.
I would like to share with you The 5 Most Common Weight Loss Mistakes I see people make.
1. They don’t have a specific goal. If you don’t know where you are going, any path will take you there. Many people think to themselves, “I would like to lose some weight.” You have to be more specific. To give you the best chance of success, your goal should meet two requirements: 1. It must be measurable 2. It must have a deadline. “I will lose 20 pounds or more by October 1st” is a better way to phrase your goal.
2. They don’t have a plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Most people go to the gym without a plan and just wander around doing a little of this and a little of that until they leave. Most people have no idea what they are going to eat tomorrow, not to mention, the rest of the week. To give yourself the best chance for success, make a plan that matches your goals and FOLLOW IT. One of the benefits of following a plan designed for you like we do at Custom Fit is we do the planning for you. All you have to do is show up and follow the plan.
3. No Support System or Accountability. Too many people try to go at it alone. When the going gets tough, it is a lot easier to quit when you don’t have a friend, co-worker, family member, mentor or coach to turn to for support, motivation and information. Having that person (or people) to help you keep track of what you are doing and make sure you stay focused on your goal can help you get through the times when you are ready to give up.
4. Unrealistic Expectations. Thanks to shows like The Biggest Loser many people believe that when they start a weight loss program they should be losing 10-15 pounds per week. When they “only” lose 1-2 pounds per week or even have a week when they hold steady, they think that their program is not working and give up. 1-2 pounds per week may not be that exciting, but over the course of the year that is 50-100+ pounds AND you will have a better chance of keeping the weight off which really is the long term goal.
5. Blaming Someone or Something Else For Your Condition. It is easy to blame your job, the kids, your genetics, your metabolism, etc. If you want to be successful you MUST take full responsibility for where you are right now and what you do to achieve your goals. YOU control what you eat or don’t eat. YOU decide whether you are going to get off the couch and go for a walk or watch the next show on the DVR. YOU are responsible for YOU. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have the perfectly designed plan for your goals, if you don’t have the self-discipline to follow the plan, it isn’t going to work.
Part of our job at Custom Fit is to help people avoid making these mistakes. People like Traci Harrison who lost over 100 pounds with us!
If you are tired of struggling with your fitness and weight loss goals, schedule a free consultation to see if a Custom Fit program is right for you!