Weight loss not on track with what you had hoped? Lets take a look at some of the reasons you might be struggling.
The New Year is creeping up on us and soon everyone we know is going to be filled with all sorts of holiday regret for the amount of feasting they did over the coming month. This of course will result in the typical new years resolution with a high expectation for weight loss. Lets mix it up this year and take a look at why so many fail at their goals and how we can improve them.
YOU SET YOUR GOALS TOO HIGH
30lbs in 30 days is something I have heard time and time again and yet I have never seen someone pull it off. Why? You would be pressed to lose .5-1lbs of fat a week and more so for any result higher than that. But lets be realistic, more than 1lb a week can cause other health problems we would rather not address. Nothing wrong with slow and steady. Set a goal that is obtainable. We need to put aside our culturally driven need for instant satisfaction and put in the time and work to get it done.
FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL
These are not just words from Benjamin Franklin, these are the echos of everyone who has ever succeeded at their goals in the gym. They know as best as anyone that lifting weights is not the only way to win the war on fat. You have to be strategic in how you eat and what you eat and plan to carve out this new habit of exercise into your life. One thing many do not consider is that when they make a radical change in their life like losing weight more often people tend to under eat. Make sure you stock up with healthy meals and snacks. Track your fitness. How are you going to know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been.
We all have those friends who cry into our ears the moment we make goals of personal physical achievement “one meal/drink/night/skipping the gym isn’t going to kill you” Rome was not built in a day and neither was your body. They are right in the respect that one poor choice is not going to kill you. But a compound effect of those choices will add up over time and they will take its toll. Be accountable. Make a chart of all the days you met your plans to keep your goals and mark them with a red x. See the days add up and those that don’t. Know how you stack up. Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.
Losing weight takes time. It is a process. For some its as easy as putting on a pair of shoes. For others it is a struggle and most of the time it seems like an uphill battle. Be confident in yourself. You can do this and you will do this. Make your own judgements here about the usefulness of the scale, but I recommend until you get some momentum under way that you break up with your scale. Hide it so you don’t even think about it. The true results will be waiting for you in the mirror and the smile on your face as you begin to feel better and better each day.
I hope you found this article on Reasons Your Weight loss Might Be Failing helpful.
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