Unhappy With How You Look? Here are 12 Vital Things You Must Know About Losing Weight

There are a lot of misconceptions that go through your head while you are trying to get some looser pants. Today we’ll clear some of those up and reinforce others with concrete information.

01 – A gym membership is NOT a must

“No one told me I didn’t have to spend hours in the gym every day to start seeing results. I most definitely would have started earlier if I knew that moving my body for 30 minutes a day — in my own home and without any equipment — could be just as effective.” — Daily Burn 365 participant Adrienne O’Connor, 36, lost 30 pounds

02 – The Mindset

“Losing weight is 100 percent [about] a change of mentality. Sure, getting together an eating plan that works for you and figuring out how to properly execute a deadlift is important. But it’s a moot point if your brain doesn’t drastically change…If you nourish your body, and exercise out of a place of self-love, you will find motivation, inspiration and self-acceptance.” — Lifestyle consultant and fitness Instagramer Chinae Alexander, 30, lost 70 pounds

03 – It’s not all it’s cracked up to be

“I wish someone had told me that…it didn’t mean that I would be happy. There are still days when I look in the mirror and I see the old me…But keeping progress pics on my phone at all times helps. It helps remind me of how far I’ve come.” — Fitness instructor and figure competitor Diane Haro, 27, lost 99 pounds

04 – The struggle is always real

“I wish I’d known that once you lose weight, you’re still going to have to watch what you eat for the rest of your life if you want to maintain it. When I got started, I guess I never thought about what would happen after I lost the weight!” — Social media manager at Daily Burn Theodora Blanchfield, 32, lost 50 pounds

05 – Overdoing it is doing nobody any favours

“I was 25 when I started working to lose weight and my body was fairly resilient, so I focused on lots of exercise so I could keep up the youthful partying. That took a bit of a toll, however, and I’m certain some of my middle-aged aches and pains are due to overdoing it [back then]…Being a little more careful with my diet could have allowed for the same pace of weight loss, while also being more moderate with my exercise regimen.” — Syndicated fitness columnist James Fell, 47, lost 50 pounds

06 – The journey never ends

“At first I set a weight goal and thought when I reached it I would be happy — and I wasn’t. I realized I needed to do more than just lose weight. I had to shape my new post-baby body. Now that I have a daughter looking up to me, my goal is to be healthier. Otherwise, I’m hurting her and myself in the process. Honestly I’ll never be done setting goals. It’s fun to see myself change and grow muscle — and see confidence in the mirror.” — Stay-at-home mom and fitness Instagrammer Amberly Good, 27, lost 53 pounds

07 – A good diet is EVERYTHING

“I wish someone had told me it really boils down to eating habits. Exercise is fine, but you can’t just up your exercise and not change your diet and expect any kind of dramatic results. And you can’t exercise extra and think that permits you to eat whatever you want. Exercise to feel good and be fit, but curb your intake for weight loss.” — SVP and director of professional services Safiya Edwards, 59, lost six pounds

08 – The number is not as important as you think

“I wish I knew to be patient and put the scale away. Body composition and how I felt was a much better gauge of my health and fitness. Plus, since I was lifting and gaining muscle, it was even harder to make the scale move. Knowing that, six months later, I’d see crazy changes even if the scale wasn’t much different, would have made the process easier.” — Nursing student and fitness Instagrammer Leah Martin, 26, lost 20 pounds

09 – A slow metabolism is no myth

“‘Slower metabolism’ was something I thought most women used as an excuse for gaining weight; I thought they really just didn’t have time to exercise. Then, seemingly overnight, it happened to me. Why didn’t anyone warn me that this happens to (I think most) women?” — Certified court interpreter Michele Galasso, 49, lost 12 pounds 

10 – Health means Wealth

“You can go on a crash diet and lose all kinds of weight, but if you don’t establish healthy eating habits and fuel your body the right way, you will most likely gain everything back. I’ve lost weight in the past, but it wasn’t in a healthy way or by learning to eat healthier foods and I inevitably gained the weight back. This time, I’ve focused more on just being healthy and the weight has come off and stayed off.” — Daily Burn user Amy Avery, 35, lost 80 pounds

11 – An active body as a happy body

“Keep moving. The body is intended to move, not to sit for long periods of time. So if I have to sit for a while at work, or driving, I make a conscious effort to get out for a few minutes and walk…Get up, get the blood flowing, and move around. Walk the dog, play with your kids, clean the house, have a dance party. It all adds up.” — Development director for Girls on the Run Lauren Psimaris, 35, lost 35 pounds

12 – Love is everything

“Take care of yourself spiritually, emotionally and mentally, and the physical will follow. Loving and accepting myself allows me to find peace. Obsessing over what I look like now as compared to what I looked like before stalls my efforts at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In the past, I would do drastic cleanses that made me tired and gave me headaches and did not necessarily deliver on the promise of weight loss, or at least, not sustainable weight loss…Take each day, each meal, each opportunity to exercise as exactly that, an opportunity.” — Talent acquisition relationship manager for Quest Diagnostics Naa Yirenkyi, 43, lost six pounds