Time to get educated on nutrition and fitness.
Understanding fitness and nutrition takes time. If you take the time to get educated you’ll learn the fundamentals of weight loss or how to properly build muscle. You learn that eating at a caloric deficit, incorporating protein with every meal, get 80% of your calories from nutritious food and strength training are key to weight loss.
Time to develop healthy habits.
Exercise and your diet should not be treated as a temporary process while you lose weight. You should strive to be active as much as possible doing activities you enjoy (running the trails, going for a bike ride with the family, taking a dance class, taking a group exercise class, lifting weights, etc).
And when it comes to your nutrition, don't think about it as being "on a diet”. This is where it is important to take the time to learn how to eat in a way that works for YOU. A way that will keep the weight off without leaving you feeling miserable and restricted. This can take a longer than the extreme/fad diet approach, but it's so worth it.
More sustainable to keep weight off long term.
We see so many post/stories on social media where someone dropped like 60 lbs in 3-4 months, and now they look like a completely different person. But here's the thing…most of them end up regaining back the weight. Take for example all those Biggest Loser stars who regain 90% of the 100+ lbs they lost during the show. The extreme dieting, unrealistic food restrictions and heavy exercise load is just not sustainable. Nothing is learned here other than starvation and deprivation.
But when you make smaller changes over time it takes starvation, deprivation and unrealistic expectations out of the equation and leads to long term success. Take for example, one of my clients who spent 7 months dropping 18 lb. Which is a little over 2 lb of body fat loss per month. She went from 32% body fat to 26% body fat, which lined up with her goals. And 1 year later she was still able to maintain 26% body fat.
Moral of the story: Slow and steady wins the race.