Most people beginning a diet and exercise program have unrealistic expectations of how quickly they can expect to reach their goals.
I often have clients ask me what a realistic time frame is to achieve a certain amount of weight loss. That question is difficult to answer, as it depends on the individual, how their body responds and how rigid that person is willing to be with their diet.
With consistency and dedication, results will come, but it is important for clients to realize lasting results take time. We’ve been conditioned to think in terms of 30 days or 12 weeks. That’s not the way fat loss and health change work. Permanent, lasting change is about reshaping habits and creating a lifestyle that allows you to maintain a reasonable, healthy weight while still enjoying your life and having balance both physically and mentally.
What this means is, progress will be slow, and sometimes non-linear. You will need to look for changes not just on the scale, but also overall body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, and mood. All of these things will improve with a regular exercise program and healthier diet.
Be patient. Know that it might take months and even years to get your body where you want it to be. But slow change is lasting change. Quick results achieved with unrealistically maintainable means will not last. You want to change your body for life, not just for just 12 weeks.