It has always been mind-blowing to me how some people can have such an easy time reaching their health goals, while others can struggle so much. I was thinking on this while working out one day and it suddenly dawned on me. It all comes down to how you view your health journey. There are, of course, other things that effect your success in reaching your health goals. However, how you view the process is easily one of the most important things to consider. There are essentially two major viewpoints in the world of health.
The first viewpoint focuses on your overall looks. Many people who go on a weight loss plan have the end goal of looking better. While looking good may be a great motivator to reaching your goals, it is not the best ultimate goal to have. The problem with this viewpoint is that it creates what I like to call the rollercoaster effect. I have run across many people who want to lose weight and they continue on with a plan to carry out there goals. However, as soon as they reach this ultimate goal of looking better, they are done with their diet and they go right back to their old ways. All of the sudden, they are right back where they started in the first place. This is because the change they made was not a lifestyle change.
When you view health as a means of improving your image, you are most likely going to see only short term changes. This is why the second viewpoint on health is the best. Instead of focusing on self image, try focusing on overall health. After all, your ultimate health is way more important than how you look through the eyes of other people. Health is what is going to keep you stronger for yourself and for your family and give you a more positive outlook on life when times start to get tough.When you view your journey as becoming a healthier you, it becomes a lifestyle change. All of the sudden, you are subconsiously making healthy choices because you know what the bad choices can do to your body. When viewing your food choices try asking yourself, “What kind of impact is this going to have on my body”? If the negatives out way the positives, it is probably not the best thing to be eating. I am not saying that you should never have a treat. However, I would be willing to bet that after you have been eating healthy for a while, you will not want the unhealthy foods because you realize how much they effect your body and your overall attitude. In the end, it is important to just enjoy the process, because while it may be hard now, it is shaping who you will become in the future.