Top five obstacles to weight loss


Let’s face it – most of us want to lose weight whether it is those last ten pounds or a bigger goal, there are common obstacles for all of us. It’s good to recognize these and then move on. So many of us set unrealistic goals we set ourselves up to fail. Take a look at these top five obstacles to your weight loss goals.

Going on a “diet”. Most people have success with diets, however, the problem with going on a diet means eventually you will go off a diet. It’s better to start something sustainable like eating healthier foods and smaller portions.

Start over again on Monday. Another problem with setting unrealistic goals is that when you do slip up eating too much one day or skipping the gym we feel like the entire week is a wash. We tell ourselves I’ll just wait and start fresh next week. If you slip up, accept it and keep with your plan. Putting it off until the next week won’t help anything.

Eat less to lose the weight faster. This is a recipe for disaster. The end result you actually lose weight slower! Slowly cut back on your calorie intake, don’t make a drastic change. Another problem with drastically cutting your calories you will feel more deprived and your cravings will surge.

Only looking at the long term goal. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, be sure to set smaller targets as well. It’s a long road to lose those twenty pounds – don’t put off your success until the finish line. Set smaller goals and celebrate those. For example, lose five pounds in a month. When you reach that goal you will feel proud and motivated to keep working at your next goal.

Losing weight will solve all your problems. Many people have false expectations of how losing weight will change their life. Dropping pounds will not solve all your problems. Solely losing weight will not make new friends or find the love of your life. Think about why you want to lose weight and what your expectations are.

Recognize these lies that can derail your efforts. Set realistic goals and take small steps. Think about your lifestyle and come up with a plan that works for you. Being realistic can help set you up for success.

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