When I started my journey to lose weight, I took it slow. I incorporated changes one at a time; I took babysteps. The only problem with doing that is that it didn’t work. I quickly resorted to the bad habits that I hadn’t changed yet which spiraled into falling back to my old ways and gaining weight.
My next go-around with weight loss I decided that it was all-or-nothing. I couldn’t gradually change habits, I had to change all of them at the same time and from the beginning. I had to go to the gym ritually at 6am, I had to cut out the alcohol, I had to stop going to the drive thru…the list goes on. This worked for me while babysteps did not.
A good friend of mine decided that the time was right for him to start losing weight. He asked me for advice on how I lost the weight and how he could go about losing weight. I laid out my plan for him and point out pitfalls and opportunities. I told him the habits I changed and when I changed them. I basically gave him my blueprint.
After a few days, I asked him how he was feeling and how it was going. He told me that he had started on the program but decided not to change a few habits. He wanted to take babysteps. I told him that if he is not seeing the results he desires, that he might want to go all-in and not gradually introduce change.
Many, if not most, of the articles I read about weight loss all state that you should start easy and take babysteps. For me, taking babysteps allowed me to not let go of all of my bad habits and allowed me a little window to cheat. Which in turn, let me down on the scale and didn’t allow me to achieve the results I desired. After I threw it all out the window and went all-in, I was able to break the bad habits and create new and healthy habits.
If you are taking babysteps and not seeing results, trying going for broke. You have nothing to lose!