Weight loss is always a hot topic at IF. Who doesn’t want to lose a little bit of weight? Millions of people get inspired by shows such as Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, commercials for Nutrisystem, or Jillian Michael’s Body Makeover. I will admit, watching the Biggest Loser makes me root for those people and want to inspire change in others. But when I look at the overall picture of the process that these people go through, that isn’t reality. People begin thinking that they can really lose 13 pounds in a week. 13 pounds?! Not only is that unrealistic, it is unhealthy and dangerous to our bodies. Nutrisystem guarantees you will lose 5 pounds in the first week or you get your money back. This creates unrealistic goals and interpretations of what reality really is.

Real life isn’t being secluded on a ranch, limit you to 400 calories/day, cut off from connections with family and friends, and working out for 5 hours every day. People get discouraged when they compare the scale at home to the scale on “reality” TV shows. They don’t even come close. If I would send in an application for a TV show to show the world that I can get someone to lose 1 pound per week they would laugh in my face. That wouldn’t sell. No one wants to say you should only lose 25- 50 pounds in an entire year. Losing ½- 1 pound per week is a lot more like reality. This allows your body to adjust to the gradual changes you are placing on it. This also allows you to lose weight and keep it off. The goal to weight loss is to make gradual adjustments to your life and stay motivated. So, keep your head up and know that you are doing the right thing for you and your body for the long term!