Did you try to lose weight and failed?

Is it possible to overcome that frustration and find the strength you need to try again?

Is it even worthy or is it your destiny to be overweight or obese for the rest of your life?

This post is dedicated to answer these questions, but most importantly this post is about offering a solution for those of you who feel discouraged about losing weight and think that nothing will ever work for you.

 

 

As with any other meaningful goals in life, losing weight is not easy, most of the time it is an uphill battle where many people give up and just a small percentage succeed.

In fact according to experts, 80% of those who commit to lose weight will give up just 2 months later for different reasons.

The worst part of this is that most of those who failed will never try again and end up accepting their condition.

Why People Keep Failing At Weight Loss?

It is interesting to me that many people fail at weight loss, not because diets don’t work (I mean scientifically proven diets) but because they continue making the same mistakes time and time again.

Diet, exercising, and other weight loss practices don’t work on their own, you make them work but making the corresponding changes in your lifestyle that position yourself for success.

For example, there is no way you lose weight with the Keto Diet if you continue eating carbs as you always did.

And there is no way you accelerate your metabolism if you don’t eat the right foods and make some exercise here and there.

People want the results but they don’t want to make any changes in their lifestyle; of course this leads to a serious lack of results which leads to frustration that starts to accumulate until they finally give up.

But let’s now review the 3 common mistakes that make people fail and how you can avoid them to start losing weight consistently.

Mistake 1. They commit to too many things at once.

Specially at the beginning of the year, during the time people make their new year’s resolution, their weight loss goals look like this:

I will lose 20 pounds in 2 months by going to the gym, eating 2 liters of water and sleeping at least 8 hours a night starting today.

You may be thinking that this is a good goal, and it is in theory. However this goal is good for your final status, that one that comes after you have developed the discipline and healthy habits that help you do these things naturally.

The problem is that if you are overweight or obese, you are sedentary (in most scenarios) and have a number of unhealthy habits to change before you can reach this healthy lifestyle.

When you get started it is not a good idea to set an overcomplicated goal; in fact most experts recommend that you start changing one and only one thing at a time, until you have a complete new lifestyle in place.

And how you do that?

You can divide your major goal into pieces to significantly increase your chances of success, one way to achieve this is by adding a new healthy habit to your routine every two weeks 

For example, instead of saying:

I will lose 20 pounds in 2 months by going to the gym, eating 2 liters of water and sleeping at least 8 hours a night starting today.

You might say:

I will start eating a low-carb diet this week.

– 2 weeks after that you add:

I will start drinking 1 liter of water per day.

– 2 weeks after that you add: 

I will do 30 minutes of cardio 2 times a week.

– 2 weeks after that you add: 

I will sleep at least 8 hours per day this week.

You see? By doing this you end up having a completely different lifestyle in 2 months but you did it gradually, significantly increasing your success rate and lowering frustration to a minimum.

Mistake 2. They don’t have a compelling why and get discouraged.

This is something we have reviewed many times on this blog.

Believe it or not, your goal is not losing weight; losing weight is a consequence, your goal has to be something deeper than that.

People fail on weight loss because they don’t have a why that is strong enough to keep them motivated when things get hard, then I recommend you to consider the following 3 aspects when finding your why:

1. Find a why that is directly related to YOUR best interest, not other’s.

2. Find a why that lasts for the rest of your life, not for a small event.

3. Find a why that makes someone who truly loves you proud and happy ( your kids, your mom, your father, etc).

Mistake 3. They do things that are not sustainable.

This is somehow related to the first mistake we reviewed.

When you do too many things at the same time or try to change you whole lifestyle overnight you definitely become overwhelmed.

Bad habits and good habits have something in common, they are the recurring and often unconscious patterns of behavior we pick up through frequent repetition.

Don’t even try to extinguish bad habits, that is a battle you will NOT win; what I recommend you to do is to replace bad habits with good ones. Let me explain.

If you know your bad habit is night snacking, do not try to stop doing it, instead when you feel hungry go for a healthy snack.

You see the difference? Smart replacements make things easier for you and reduce frustration.

If you start making smart replacements every single week, sooner than later you will realize that your complete lifestyle has changed.

Finally, I want to encourage you to try again, make sure you continue no matter the circumstances and your new body will become a reality.

 

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