• Michael Mclaren

Why There's More To "Losing Weight", Than Simply Losing Weight..

Updated: Jul 12, 2019

If I’d read this 10 years ago, I’d have probably scoffed slightly, and kept on scrolling.

So I guess you’re already more open minded than I was at that time for getting this far!

I mean, when your physical shape is what you think about most of the time, and are constantly striving to change it, how can anybody claim that losing weight is not all that matters?!

Probably sacrificed slightly too much to get here. Not really worth it in the end..

If you’re anything like I was, there may come a time, if you’re not there already, when you’re willing to do anything to get the job done.

The only goal - To simply lose the weight you feel you need to lose.

Body fat dropping off becomes the only thing that matters.

A position I’ve found myself in many times before.

During some of my experiences of more extreme levels of dieting and exercise, I got way too caught up on the physical changes.

I became literally obsessed with the scales going down and body fat dropping off. So much so that eventually it would hamper my sleep.

In fact, I became so fixated on numbers going down across the board, that I totally neglected the REGRESSION in everything else.

My energy levels were down.

My sleep was all over the place.

My motivation for absolutely anything else was non existent.

Relationships across the board suffered, some beyond repair.

My ability to do what I love, in helping people, was seriously impaired.

I was so zoned in that losing weight was ALL that mattered, that almost by default, nothing else did.

Embracing the grind and all that, right?

My focus was solely on the progression of those numbers.

Be it on the scales, or on a tape measure.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s important that we make progress.

But progress can be made in many more areas than on a spreadsheet.

And at the very least, it’s equally as, if not more important, that we don’t completely neglect other areas of our lives, for the sake of dropping a few pounds or inches.

None of those things mentioned previously are worth sacrificing completely in order for you to simply lose weight.

At least, from personal experience, not in my opinion.

There’s so many ways in which progress can be made.

Watch your energy levels soar.

Feel how much better you feel through getting a good nights sleep.

Experience the improved relationships you have with family and friends as a reaction to this.

Acknowledge and embrace the increased levels of confidence and self belief that build through the small wins and lessons learned along the way.

This might sound a bit crazy, but looking back it’s something I feel I should have done..

But, it’s almost as if we should make the “losing weight” part, a bit of an after thought.

Something we might turn attention to now and again to check on.

Focus on how you want to feel.

When everything else is in place, and aligned with what you truly want..

Weight loss just tends to be a side effect regardless..

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