I don’t pretend to have all the answers about losing fat. Hell, fat loss isn’t easy for anyone, and if you say it is you’d be lying. There’s a certain fear and discomfort around changing our habits and adjusting how much or what we eat. Saboteurs lurk within our own heads and in our environments. And even if you eat healthy and exercise every day, there’s no guarantee you’ll lose fat.
But as long as you have these two things, changing your body is within reach:
Commitment and accountability go hand-in-hand – you need both to succeed.
When you make a commitment, you cannot fail – unless you lack accountability. When you know someone is watching you, you’re way more likely to kick ass. When no one’s watching, it’s just too easy to go back to your old ways (before they’re even old).
You can be accountable in a lot of different ways, like faithfully tracking your progress, hiring a coach, or working out with a friend. But this is where most people miss the boat.
We think we can do it by ourselves. But in most cases, we can’t.
We need accountability – someone to say, “Hey! You’re not doing what you said you’d do. Need help?”
What about commitment? Seems easy enough – just think it in your head: “I’m starting a diet now.” You’ve found a diet to follow and bought the right food. You’ve joined a gym and have figured out exactly when you’ll go. You’re starting Monday – it’s a fresh start.
The only problem is, you don’t have accountability. And before too long, work gets busy and you can’t make it to the gym. Parties and special occasions crop up and eating goes out the window.
It’s inevitable. Life happens.
Yes, there are plenty of other ingredients to successful fat loss, like a dogged-like determination and knowledge about what to do. But without commitment and accountability, these other things won’t help a bit.
You can be determined as hell but not truly committed. And even if you know exactly what it takes to lose fat, without accountability, you’ll most likely hit roadblocks.
So how do you get to true commitment and accountability – your two top priorities when embarking on changing your body composition?
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One way to get both accountability and commitment is to join a community of people who have similar goals. A group can be online or a local, but by joining you’re committing to your goal – to lose extra fat and be stronger and healthier. You know, happier with your body.
But wait – does the thought of joining a group make you feel uncomfortable?
Joining a group means making a commitment and being held accountable. It’s saying, When I slack off, call me on my shit. When I feel like quitting, remind me why I’m doing this.
It means being a tiny bit vulnerable.
Sure, you could join a group and never make a peep. You could be a lurker, still benefiting from the information but not opening yourself up to others. But then you’re not benefiting from the two key areas you need help with the most: accountability and commitment.
There’s nothing saying you have to be an active participant in a group to benefit. But reinforcing your commitment and accountability along the way gives you a much better chance. Things like:
- Making exquisitely small, innocuous changes you can sustain.
- Writing down your goals and actually looking at them every. damn. day.
- Reading what your coach gives you.
- And of course, connecting with fellow members instead of fading away.
Doing the work.
There are major benefits to joining a group like Lean and Strong, my online women’s training group. Not only do you have access to a group of supportive, like-minded women, but you have my eyes on your progress. You have structured workouts and customized nutrition. You get an education about everything fitness and nutrition. And did I mention accountability and commitment?
I titled this post, “Why You’ll Fail at Losing Weight.” But I want you to succeed. You can do this.
This article first appeared on www.workoutnirvana.com.