Yes, you read that right.
I know what you’re thinking. “Mark, how can that be?” Sure, if you lose 5 or 10 pounds you’ll be healthier and happier, but what if your goal is to lose 20 pounds? For many, contentment in the initial pounds off makes it impossible to ever reach their ultimate goal.
Here’s the reasoning behind this. After running the NYC Marathon I treated myself with a deep tissue massage at a new massage studio. It was so good that I bought my sister a session and she agreed that it was the best she had ever gotten.
A little while later she went back, but this time told me it was not nearly as good. As it turns out, the massage studio had been doing extremely well. This led them to become complacent. When they first opened, they gave it their all to keep their clients coming back. Now, since customers were rushing in, they seemed to be going through the motions—turning them from a 5-star establishment into mediocre at best.
How many people do you know have lost some weight only to put it back on? Most do. They were doing everything right, seeing result, then what? They regained it because they were blinded by their own success.
So what should you do? After you lose 5 or 10 pounds, you can celebrate your success. But if you don’t immediately recommit to your ultimate goal (either keeping that weight off or losing more) your success is going to be short-lived.
Countdown Approach to Weight Loss Success
Ask anyone how their diet is going and they’ll tell you they’ve lost “5, 7, fill in the blank,” pounds. That kind of thinking is what cripples your weight loss in the first place. You take your eye off the prize with your first few pounds off and then fall off the wagon.
A better approach: Start with the number of pounds you want to lose and count down. For example, if you want to lose 25 pounds and lose 5, you still have 20 to go, and so on.
This kind of forward thinking will keep you focused on your ultimate goal without falling back to your starting point. Compare it to going down a mountain. The further down you go, the quicker you can go. The more weight you lose, the more inspired you’ll become to stick with it. Just don’t plan to coast on your weight loss journey.