Whatever sport they play, whether it is in the middle of summer or the depths of winter, there is one thing that all Olympic athletes have in common—the desire to go for the gold. For some athletes this is a dream that never comes to realization, but even after finishing at the end of a race many Olympians will spend four years training even harder, determined to get to the podium the next chance they get.
As the summer games approach this is one lesson that we can all benefit from seeing in action. The best weight loss methods don’t focus on deprivation and negativity. If you want to lose weight you need stay positive and work on having an optimistic and constructive mentality towards your weight loss goals.
Nature versus Nurture
A lot of Olympic athletes are born with certain physiological advantages, much like professional athletes are. If you are naturally over seven feet tall then you are going to have the advantage in basketball over someone who averages out around five feet and five inches. However, beyond those anomalies a lot of athletes are given the same set of fingers and toes as the rest of us. They just decided to use theirs a whole lot differently.
Did you know that many Olympic athletes commit to anywhere from five to 10 years of serious training before ever making an Olympic team? As a patient of medical weight loss you may be able to relate to that type of long term struggle. Losing weight is a bit like training for the Olympics. It takes a lot of time, and there are a lot of roadblocks that make you want to give up, but once you finally commit yourself and actually reach your goal there is no better feeling in the world. After losing weight and keeping it off you deserve a medal too.
Plan for Success
You could ask just about any Olympic athlete how they are able to train so often for their event and they will tell you one thing: they plan for it. Scheduling time to train is crucial for any athlete, especially for those competing in the Olympics. Unlike professional athletes who make a living off of being fit and working out, Olympic athletes do not get paid. They compete purely for the love of their sport.
While this makes the Olympic Games that much more admirable to those of us at home, it makes it more difficult for the athletes. In addition to swimming or running or perfecting their sport for countless hours every week, Olympians need to work just like you.
When you are watching the Games in the coming months remind yourself of all the effort those athletes have put into their sport, and then remind yourself how you have pledged to do the same.
Make a schedule as if you were getting ready to compete in the Olympics. Plan your meals for the week with items that are going to keep you moving towards your weight loss goals, and will make your whole family healthier while you’re at it. Decide on times that you are going to work out and pencil them in so that you don’t forget or pass them up.
By getting an Olympic mentality you can go for the gold and achieve the best weight loss possible.