Dieting isn’t just about calories and kilograms.

You have to deal with your emotions, you have deal with the reactions you get from the people in your life, and you have to deal with how these reactions affect your emotions as well! It’s not easy if you’re not in an incredibly supportive environment. All of the points listed are things I have dealt with personally. I’ve seen clients deal with it as well, but it’s stuff that really hit home on a personal level.

PEOPLE WILL TELL ME HOW GOOD I LOOK. NOPE.

You need to be very strong minded and strong willed in life. When you’re dieting you are going to be in a vulnerable position, so you better call on that strength when people start saying stupid shit to you. Be ready for it, because I can guarantee you it will happen.

MY LIFE WILL IMPROVE WITH EVERY KILO I LOSE. NOPE.

I’m so passionate about this – anyone who starts to improve how they look through training and nutrition will feel good about that fact, but it WILL NOT be the solution to life’s problems. I can’t overstate the importance of this. Work on yourself. Self-fulfillment needs to come from giving, from learning, from broadening your mind and outlook. Read more, write more, sign up for a course you’re interested in…there are so many options. Life is short, find things you love doing.

WOMEN/MEN WILL BE MORE ATTRACTED TO ME. NOPE.

Just because someone is in good physical condition it does not make them a good human being. Some of the biggest idiots I’ve ever met are in very good shape.

I WILL BE COMPLETELY SATISFIED WITH MY RESULTS. NOPE.

I have an analogy I use to describe this situation. You buy a new car and are completely in love with it the first day. You drive around with a big smile on your face. And the second day. And the third day. And the fourth. The point will come eventually where it’s just ‘your car’.

Only something newer and shinier will bring you back to that happiness. You make progress with improving how you look. You look in the mirror and are very happy with your progress. This will last for a while…eventually you will just see ‘you’. You will need a little bit more progress to feel that happiness again.

Human nature kicks in. This isn’t a bad thing if you can keep it under control, but learn to enjoy your progress. Be happy with the fact you’re actively trying to make a change. When you feel like you need to push on some more, enjoy the challenge and embrace the process.

I hope this gives you some food for thought when it comes to approaching a dieting phase. Your success will often be determined by how well you can manage the mental challenges that crop up and your own habits and behaviours.

Support is also crucial. Even if your dieting phase is successful, you will need to have worked on other aspects of your life to achieve a sense of fulfilment.

If you have any questions on any of this, feel free to drop me a message.