In the third part of the fat loss series I want to address the importance of believing in you. When you watch infomercials and see before and after pictures there is a disclaimer at the bottom that states ‘results may vary’ or ‘results not typical’. This is because one of the three items was missing; commitment to make better choices, a technology that works, or a belief that you can. If you commit to making better choices and find a technology that works; then all that is missing is the belief that you can.
I find the vast majority of people when looking for the best fat loss plans or best fat loss programs truly don’t believe that they can change. Believing and wanting to change are two different things. It is easy to want. Saying I want to lose body fat is easy. Believing that you can is another. Everyone wants something very few ever get what they want.
It is not uncommon for someone to start a fat loss program with the best of intentions. They believe they can use will power to get them through the program. In reality will power only buys you a couple of days. In fact will power usually doesn’t kick in until day three or four and quickly fads away between days eight and fourteen. Most fat loss programs target this two week window. The marketing is designed to feed upon the individuals emotional needs and achieve a fast result. The programs are designed to provide fast results to strengthen the belief that you can do it. Resolve gets tested. Excuses begin to arise. Distractions become obstacles. It is at this point that distinguishes those who can and those who won’t succeed. It is the person who has a strong enough belief in themselves that will go on to be successful. The person that truly doesn’t believe they will succeed will not. Think of the first two weeks on a fat loss program as a jump start to developing a habit. On average it takes 28 days to make a habit. It is going to be your belief that you can and your commitment to make better choices that will allow you to press on after will power is no longer the driving force.
There are hundreds of books and resources discussing the power of belief so I am not going to go into all the science and research. What I am going to tell you is that if you have doubt in yourself and you do not believe you can be successful you are selling yourself short and I truly believe you will never be happy or satisfied with who you are. Remember this quote “whether you think you can or can not, you are right”.
When starting a fat loss program make sure it meets the criteria “A Technology that Works”. If the program meets the criteria then it is up to you to bring a commitment to make better choices and a belief that you can. If all three are present you will succeed.