After spending the last few months on the forum and really listening to what PN'ers have
be doing and saying, I've come up with a list of tips that I believe will steer people in the
right direction and will help them maintain perspective on what they're trying to
Here are my top 5 tips:
1) IT'S NOT A NUMBERS GAME.
People often judge their happiness based on their numbers. They're happy if they lose a
pound or a percent in a given week. They're sad if they don't. Well, remember, this isn't
JUST a numbers game. You're also doing this to improve your health, longevity, how you
feel, etc. The body comp stuff is just a great side effect. Keep this in perspective.
2) DON'T EXPECT WEEKLY, NEVERENDING PROGRESS.
Often, weekly progress does happen once you've gotten the individualization process
down. However, it doesn't always happen. Not even with our personal clients.
The body doesn't functional linearly. Things can happen in jumps. So you may lose 3 lbs
the first 3 weeks. Then nothing. Then, 3 weeks later lose another pound. Remember,
you're in this for the long haul. If you're the type of person who will give up what you
know to be superior habits because you didn't lose some fat during one week of the year
or even during one month, then there's no hope for you. Seriously, your problems are
psychological not physiological.
3) UNDERSTAND WHAT REASONABLE PROGRESS IS.
Every day PN users come to me having lost 3% fat in 3 months or 6 lbs in 7 weeks - and
they're comming to me unhappy! They're wondering why things aren't working.
What exactly are these people expecting? Perhaps they need to do the math. If you're a
woman at 30% fat and you're losing 1% fat a month, by the end of a year you'll be 18%.
That's defined as "athletic". You'll have gone from obese to athletic in one year.
If you're losing 1lb every 2 weeks, you can expect around a 26lb weight loss over 1 year.
What seemed like crappy progress to you doesn't seem so crappy now, does it?