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What to do if I haven't reached my weight goal at the end of my weight loss period?

Pause your weight loss efforts completely. Take time to rest and recover fully. Reflect on what worked and what didn't. Do not feel discouraged and use the experience as an opportunity to learn. Embracing setbacks is crucial for long-term success in your weight loss journey.

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Written by: The Athlete’s FoodCoach, on 23-04-2024
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Why should I take time to rest, reflect and recover?

Taking time to rest, reflect, and recover is crucial for achieving lasting weight loss goals. It allows you to recharge both physically and mentally, evaluate what worked and what didn't in your weight loss journey, and identify areas for improvement. By embracing setbacks as opportunities to learn, you'll be better equipped to achieve success over time.

How do I bring my resting, reflecting and recovery period on point?

Approach this period with resilience, self-compassion, and a willingness to learn to be better equipped to achieve your weight loss goals over time. Consider the following steps:

  1. Allow yourself time for rest and recovery: Recognize the physical and mental demands of your weight loss journey over the past 10 to 12 weeks. Take time to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind.
  2. Reflect on your weight loss journey: What went well and what didn't? Where do you see room to improve? What factors were out of your control and what factors where not? Reflecting on your weight loss experience can provide important insights and help you make informed decisions moving forward.
  3. Evaluate your weight loss target: Assess its realism and sustainability and identify any unrealistic expectations that may have hindered your progress. This could include (unconsciously) expecting rapid weight loss, aiming for a weight that is too low for your body type or having set a weight loss goal in a non-optimal phase or time of the year.
  4. Celebrate non-scale achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate achievements beyond the number on the scale, such as improvements in strength, endurance, or overall well-being. These accomplishments are valuable indicators of progress!
  5. Consider professional support: Don't hesitate to reach out to a certified FoodCoach for guidance and encouragement. Their expertise can be instrumental in overcoming setbacks and refining your approach towards achieving your weight loss goals.

It is advisable to take some time before starting a new weight loss period again. How much time you should take depends on individual circumstances and goals. Listen to your body and prioritize overall well-being. When you are ready, use the FoodCoach app to set your weight goal and receive adjusted daily energy needs to reach your weight loss target. For step-by-step support, select the 12 week smart weight loss plan or connect to a FoodCoach.

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