How much weight should I lose? Some of you know this number and some will ask others before they decide. But almost everybody trying to lose weight has a number they are fixated on reaching.
While this mentality could work with a diet or a plan and some discipline, most end up regaining the weight they lost back. This means they reach their target weight then all of a sudden increase again. Which ultimately ends in a vicious cycle of yo-yo-ing up and down.
The reason why this happens is simple, when you treat your weight as a destination, and you try to get to a specific number by any means and as fast as possible, then you lose sight of what really matters: the journey. It’s almost like a dog catching a car (I’m not calling you a dog but you get it), they won’t know what to do with it.
Therefore, when you go through restrictive diets and reach that number on the scale, you suddenly have a new problem: what do I do now?
Well, what does a runner do when they reach their destination? They stop running.
What does a mountain climber do when they reach the peak? They descend.
What does a dog do when they catch a car? Well depends on how crazy they are but usually they get tired and turn back.
So perhaps the problem was your perception of that number on the scale as a destination and a goal!
But the question remains: why am I fixated on reaching that damn number?
Everybody has different reasons. Besides the fact that the number is measurable, the underlying reason is the same: 1) You have that number associated with a place where you will be happy. 2) You associate it with a time you WERE happy or in good shape. 3) Society has shaped your perception of looking good and healthy into seeing it as a number on a scale. All of which are reasons not based on any logic. Happiness is not a number on the scale and if you take a look at society you will find it eating its way to obesity and chronic diseases.
Your perception is the reason why you’re fixated on that number on the scale. The same perception can be reframed with some desire and technique. Perhaps if you perceive success in weight loss as the habits and beliefs you are building then you can finally stop worrying and focus on what truly matters, the journey, because if it will get you there then it also needs to keep you there. Why solve a problem and relive it again?
To a better you.
Mohamed Rezk, RD
Mohamed is an experienced and passionate Registered Dietitian who founded RNC in 2015 and is part of Cleveland Clinic Canada's team of experts working in the Executive Health Program. His expertise lies in designing the appropriate environment where his clients can transform their lifestyle and become better versions of themselves. Mohamed believes that the first step to growing in all areas of your life is building a lifestyle that is healthy for your mind and body. His programs has helped many people lose weight permanently and experience tremendous growth in their careers, relationships and quality of life.