Now, UpOwlNight says he’s figured out why. “It’s so weird to me, that after I admit it and accept it, that I realize I’ve always known I was lying to myself,” he writes. “I tell myself I can do it fast.”
The Redditor says he reads recommendations that people should strive to lose a pound or two a week and writes them off because he thinks that will take too long. “I always think I can kill it at the gym, or skip a meal here or there, or completely give up drinking and knock this fat thing out quick,” he writes. “I simply cannot do that. Eight years have proven it to me, and countless failed attempts make me realize how silly it would be for me to fall down that same insane rabbit hole of three hours per night at the gym, and 1,800 calories per day.”
“I’m not saying I’m not going to try again, I’m just saying I’m going to try something I’ve never tried before; one pound a week,” he writes. “I don’t know what happened, maybe the eight years is weighing on me harder, but 52 pounds a year doesn’t sound so bad. Thirty pounds a year doesn’t sound bad. The only thing that sounds bad is going insane again for four months at the gym, and suffering and starving myself, and having insane ups and downs that I’m cured, and that I’m not cured, and then giving up, and gaining it all back.”
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In the comments, people shared stories of their own struggles and words of support. “Good post buddy! I fully support your plan and think its smart,” one commenter writes. “Slow and steady is a great and safe way to lose weight.” “My man, that was exactly the realization that led to me finally making real sustained progress on losing weight,” another adds. “You can do it too. I won’t lie and say it will be easy, but doing it this way is definitely easier. Get after it, bro.” (Hit the reset button—and meet your weight loss goals with The Body Clock Diet!)
Experts have long said that one to two pounds a week is the most you should be losing to set yourself up for sustainable, long-term weight loss. Cutting out entire food groups isn’t great either because it’s more likely you’ll fall off the wagon and overindulge, which doesn’t get you anywhere.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight for a while and aren’t getting anywhere near your goal, maybe it’s time to take a page of out this Redditor’s book and get real about what’s holding you back. It could get you farther than you think.
Reddit Man Posts About ‘Lying’ To Himself About Weight Loss