Can you imagine what it would be like to lose weight, burn calories and sculpt a better body by feeling guilty? I’d probably lose a few pounds by tomorrow! How about you?
How Can You Stop Being Guilty and Drop Pounds?
One of the most common things that can derail a diet and make it incredibly difficult to drop the pounds is the guilt we experience after we do or eat something “off” our plan. Feeling guilty can start a vicious cycle of self-shaming. We feel bad about ourselves, lose confidence in our ability to stick to our plan, and begin to question whether we can even achieve success. The entire thought process begins to weigh us down in a literal and physical way. And this extra weight, whether it’s pressure, doubt, anxiety or insecurity, bleeds into our overall motivation to put in the work to achieve our fitness goals.
So what’s the alternative? Because this guilt doesn’t seem to be an effective step!
As a personal trainer and someone who has personally struggled to stick to a plan, I see far more success and major weight loss when we ditch the guilt and accept that we slipped up. Saying something like “it’s okay” and “I’m human” helps alleviate the effect of falling off our plan.
But here’s the caveat. Once we drop the guilt after a perceived slip-up, we next need to initiate a plan of action. It might look like this: “It’s okay. I ate a few pieces of pizza last night, but I’m going to make a healthy dinner tonight and get in a good workout right now.” This type of thinking isn’t rationalizing our bad choices or dismissing our current responsibility. It’s saying “the past is in the past, and there’s nothing I can do to change what I did. But I’m choosing right now to do something different. It’s all I have control over.”
So next time you find yourself struggling with guilt after eating too much or skipping the gym, try this thought process and take action. Focus on what you can do right now, today only. Take it one step at a time, dust yourself off, ditch the guilt and go kick some butt!