5 Simple Steps To Losing Weight

If you are carrying around a​ few (I use that term loosely) extra pounds like most of​ us are,​ you all know all the​ reasons why we​ should take the​ weight off. it​ will reduce stress on​ our heart,​ reducing the​ chance of​ heart disease,​ cancer,​ possibility of​ diabetes; feel better,​ look more attractive,​ etc.

There are 101 reasons why,​ but it​ can be a​ real pain to​ finally get that weight off. You push really hard,​ make a​ little progress,​ get side tracked,​ and bam you are heavier then you started.

It’s maddening. Enough with that hassle,​ I have put together 5 simple steps to​ actually losing weight and keeping it​ off. These steps can be applied to​ anything,​ but we​ are focusing on​ weight loss here.

1. Know What You Want
2. Know Where You Are
3. Track Your Results
4. Make Course Corrections
5. Being held Accountable

Now all your extra weight will effortlessly melt off. Yeah right! a​ simple list of​ 5 items is​ not going to​ do it,​ so let me explain the​ intricacies of​ the​ 5 items and where the​ hang up normally occurs when applied to​ losing weight.

1. Know What You Want

This one is​ dead simple. Most people that want to​ lose weight have an​ idea of​ how many pounds they would like to​ lose or​ how they would like their body to​ look.

I think we​ can safely say if​ your body started looking the​ way you wanted it,​ you would know,​ even if​ you didn’t have it​ completely mapped out and detailed.

2. Know Where You Are

This is​ the​ big trip up. it​ is​ almost always overlooked and is​ the​ number one reason for the​ up and down Yo Yo effect we​ experience with losing weight. we​ are unhappy with how our body feels and how it​ looks and it​ is​ painful to​ zoom in​ and get an​ accurate picture of​ where we​ are. Unfortunately,​ we​ have to​ know where we​ are,​ to​ be able to​ accurately judge the​ results we​ are getting.

You are on​ a​ trip to​ San Diego,​ California. You would like to​ start your trip from Phoenix,​ Arizona,​ but you really don’t know where you are. No problem. You get an​ Arizona/California map and find that a​ simple 6 hours trip west on​ interstate 8 will get you to​ San Diego.

6 hours later,​ you have no clue where you are and it​ is​ definitely not warm San Diego. You feel defeated and you want to​ give up! Do you blame the​ car? the​ stupid maps? San Diego? Yourself?

Now what if​ I told you,​ you were actually in​ New Your City,​ not Phoenix,​ Arizona. a​ 6 hour car ride west from New York City will never get you to​ San Diego.

If you took the​ time to​ accurately find out where you were,​ you would have been able to​ choose the​ appropriate means to​ get to​ San Diego and have an​ expectation as​ to​ how long it​ would take.

This is​ the​ same with weight loss and our personal physical condition. in​ our minds,​ we​ think we​ are starting in​ a​ different physical condition then we​ really are. When the​ results don’t follow the​ illusion in​ your mind,​ we​ get upset.

3. Track Your Results

This is​ conceptually simple. if​ we​ have no clue as​ to​ WHAT we​ are doing,​ how do we​ know what is​ working? it​ might be a​ simple to​ do,​ but is​ also simple not to​ do. in​ the​ end,​ most people never track their results.

4. Make Course Corrections

We love to​ do this one. we​ have it​ hands down. it​ is​ like step 1 of​ knowing what you want. we​ try the​ new food diet,​ the​ super sit up machine,​ and the​ cardio hip hop power energy yoga fat burner class.

We might be great at​ switching it​ up,​ but without knowing where we​ are starting from and a​ history of​ tracked results,​ we​ have no clue as​ to​ what we​ should change or​ even which direction we​ should go.

5. Being held Accountable

No,​ not accountability! That is​ an​ evil word. I don’t want someone to​ know what I am doing,​ or​ more importantly what I am not doing.

So,​ why do we​ resist accountability,​ your secret weapon to​ weight loss? Because it​ works! if​ you know someone is​ going to​ be watching,​ you would follow through or​ at​ least feel very uncomfortable not following through.

Accountability when used wisely is​ the​ ultimate turbo booster to​ your weight loss. Since you are going to​ be accountable anyway,​ you might as​ well get something out of​ it.

Using accountability up front,​ you can achieve the​ body of​ your dreams. if​ you let your body hold you accountable,​ it​ will throw on​ fat in​ places you don’t want it​ to​ be.

The biggest obstacle to​ weight loss is​ not taking any action. it​ doesn’t matter how good the​ plan is,​ it​ is​ worthless if​ you don’t follow it. So what do I do now?

First and foremost get Accountable.

Forward this article to​ someone you respect and care about and tell them I want to​ be accountable to​ finally taking off my extra pounds. When they agree to​ support you,​ start working through Steps 1 – 5.

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