Updated: Jul 19
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The images above are inspired by topics Elaine has recently covered with her clients; below she addresses the first statement:
"When you're on social media constantly using other people's weight loss journey's as "inspo", it can be so easy to fall into the trap of thinking: "I'm not doing enough".
As a Weight Loss Coach, I am on TikTok quite often and see a lot of the weight loss journeys that are trending. A HUGE Majority of the weight loss journeys that I see women using as "Weight Loss Inspo" are unsustainable and I can tell the creator will regain the weight back the moment life gets too stressful for them...
... A weight loss client of mine fell into this wormhole of over-consuming other women's weight loss journey content and feeling like her journey was inadequate. I had to remind her that she's already tried every other diet under the sun and every time has regained the weight - and then some...
------> Please be Aware: Just because someone says a method will lead to 'rapid weight loss' DOES NOT mean you will keep that weight off after losing it. Often, the more restrictive the methods used, the harder you'll rebound!"
#1 - DON'T COMPARE YOUR JOURNEY TO ANYONE ELSE'S
(This is a hard pill for many of us to swallow.)
Always remember that social media is mostly individuals showing off their "best version" of themselves - and that can often be a fake image.
Transformation posts don't often show you the hard work and the REAL total amount of time that goes into the process. They also don't normally show you the "ugly side" - days when they binged, felt bad about themselves or when they (your 'Inspo' with the ideal image/body) were comparing their body to someone ELSE!
It's great to have genuine people to follow on social media that inspire you, but when you start comparing your body to others or wishing your life was 'like theirs', just pause and remind yourself that what you see on your social media isn't always true reality, that your body is unique and so is your life - including your weight loss journey.
"Take your journey at your OWN pace. Come back to your own goals and focus on losing the weight in a sustainable fashion so that you can finally end your yo-yo diet cycle instead of having to hunt for a new diet every time when your old one fails." - Elaine Achempong.
#2 - "WHAT'S MY RELATIONSHIP LIKE WITH FOOD?"
Have you ever asked yourself this question? And have you been able to answer it truthfully?
Do you feel that food is the enemy? - The boulder in the road to reaching your dream body?
Or do you have a healthy dynamic with food? - Meaning no guilt or shame and everything is consumed in moderation
It can be very easy to forget that food is meant to be enjoyed, and eating pleasurable, when we zone out and focus on losing those last few pounds. Sticking to our diets can even feel like tactical warfare.
Another common concern in society is emotional eating - using food as a way to bypass negative feelings. Instead of dealing with the emotional trigger, some people eat (usually unhealthy/high calorie foods) as a coping mechanism whenever they feel stressed, upset, angry, lonely or bored.¹
Elaine's Weight Loss Coaching doesn't hand out cookie-cutter diets to 'keep up with trends" or to 'drop the pounds ASAP'.
You will be provided with the Holistic approach to Weight Loss - which includes your Mind, Body and Soul. Because to lose weight effectively and for the long-term, a healthy shift in your lifestyle and mindset is required.
#3 - NO EXTREMES - KEEP IT SIMPLE :)
If you are starving yourself or denying yourself whole food groups, instead of having your ideal body as a result, you'll most likely become cranky, very unhappy and develop an unhealthy relationship with food.
The 'perfect' diet and lifestyle will look different to each person. Another reason not to cheat on the test and look at someone else's answers, because the best diet for you is the one that Works for YOU in every way.
Being allergic or intolerant are the only reasons to avoid certain foods. A happy and balanced eating plan that you can use every day, with every special occasion, is one that includes your favourite and cultural foods too. Moderation is key.
The 80/20 rule is a great example of this moderation ratio. Where 80% of food consumed is wholesome, unprocessed and nutritious, and the other 20% is your sweet treats and comfort foods.
If you're tired of always looking for the "new diet everyone's doing" or tired of yo-yo dieting, you can have your own personalized action plan made to suit all your needs made by Elaine by clicking the button below.
Written by: Andrea Thelen of AuthenticAndrea44
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¹ Smith, M., Robinson, L., Segal, J., & Segal, R. (2022, February 8). Emotional eating. HelpGuide.org. Retrieved from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/diets/emotional-eating.htm
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