The Psychology of Weight Loss: Part 6 – It’s not about Numbers!

Written by Greg Ryan Fitness Expert


The health clubs are always racking their brains trying to figure out why they have such a hard time keeping members coming back. Most owners would argue that cash flow and profit margins arerepparttar most important reason to retain membership. Yes, but what drives customers to these health clubs?

These owners have lost touch with what matters most,repparttar 150834 customer! Giverepparttar 150835 customer more than they expect and they will continue to do business with you. Selling a product or service is about people more so than numbers on a spreadsheet.


I want you to think of this principle in your workout. You know it is very easy to get burdened down with allrepparttar 150836 details of an exercise and diet program. While guidelines are necessary, at times focusing too much onrepparttar 150837 numbers can and will set you up for failure.

You may start to think all this counting calories, reps, and keeping track of heart rates are too much to accomplish. Unexpectedly, you start to lose sight of your goals and it becomes more of a job than a hobby or stress release. You may even quit exercising. This can be an immediate sinkhole for you.

It would be unrealistic to think you are not going to have some tough days. It’s hard getting in shape. It takes determination and discipline. More importantly, it takes looking over those down days torepparttar 150838 end goal. Do not get too worked up about hitting allrepparttar 150839 numbers onrepparttar 150840 charts allrepparttar 150841 time.

The bigger challenge lies inrepparttar 150842 follow through. In order to follow through, you have to have a certain amount of PERSONAL FITNESS ACCOUNTABLITY!

IT’S BEING SOLD OUT! The only way you will follow through on an exercise program is to be sold out. The military calls them “lifers.” These are people who are committed to something forrepparttar 150843 long haul. Are you a lifer? Could you be a lifer?

A lifer has a sold out mindset. He or she realizes that there will be potholes to go through; there may even be a sinkhole up ahead, but they get through it or they go aroundrepparttar 150844 situation. It may take support from others, but it gets done. You may not be a lifer today, but you could be if you don’t make changes now! Why do you think New Year’s Resolutions don’t work? Waiting to start a good exercise program begsrepparttar 150845 question, “Are you serious enough about it to begin now instead of putting it off till a certain time?” Now isrepparttar 150846 time to start. BEING SOLD OUT IS AN ATTITUDE OF THE HEART! IT’S THE BIG PICTURE Each of you is different. You will put into exercise a certain amount of effort and everyone will get something different from it. You cannot just package good intentions and say, “If you do this or if you buy that, you will receive this in return.” It just doesn’t work that way.

The Psychology of Weight Loss: Part 3 – Lose the hang ups!

Written by Greg Ryan Fitness Expert

We have missedrepparttar boat and your boat is sinking fast. You have weighted your ship down with stats, calories, grams and pounds. Now you are more confused than ever on how to lose weight, feel better and get stronger. We America catch up withrepparttar 150833 crisis, or willrepparttar 150834 diabetes and obesity epidemic sink us? The answer is not inrepparttar 150835 numbersrepparttar 150836 answer is inrepparttar 150837 psychology of weight loss. Yes, America’s health will get worse before it gets better. In order for you to get better these two steps must take place:

Step #1: Get over your hang-ups!

Why is it so hard for me to start exercising? I know it’s good for me. It seems like I have some form of resistance to getting in better shape.

“Exercise Resistance” or ER means a conscious or unconscious block against participating in a regular active program. Studies show that some people have barriers built up from past experiences that give them a negative mindset toward exercise and food. In many cases, this prevents a person from starting or following through on an exercise program.


I thoughtrepparttar 150838 golden years were supposed to be filled with relaxing things to do, not more activities I usually put off before?

Building up resentment toward exercise goes much deeper than just not likingrepparttar 150839 effort it takes to do it. Resentment brings out a rebellious attitude in us. The sooner you acceptrepparttar 150840 fact that exercise is going to have to be a part ofrepparttar 150841 rest of your life,repparttar 150842 more likely you will start —repparttar 150843 more likely you will continue exercising. Resentment is usually fueled by his cousins: Denial, Pride and Laziness. The best thing to do is never let them play together. Resentment is a form of pride.


The only failure is not starting. Success is not measured in numbers. It is measured in your growth throughrepparttar 150844 process. Just because your track record may show some ups and downs has no bearing on your future efforts. Plus, your self-worth is not based on how many times you started an exercise program. Fear of failure is an excuse to never try.


If you think for one second that you are going to be perfect in sticking to a plan, forget it. It’s not possible for anyone. The truth is you will never be perfect. Perfectionism is an illusion.


You will always compare your results to something or someone. Once you hit a goal there will always be another one. You may even berepparttar 150845 type that no matter what you do, it will never be good enough. If you are this type, stop for a minute and listen to your body. Comparing yourself to others and your past is a losing battle.

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