Have you experienced a period where you ate “perfectly” and exercised “religiously” for a few weeks, where you set your mind to lose that X pounds in Y time, only to step on the scale a few months later to see that you’ve gained everything you’ve struggled to lose back and maybe even added MORE pounds to the scale?
While there are a lot contributing factors, these are the top 3 reasons why weight loss is difficult.
Reason #1: Inconsistency and Unrealistic Goals
The truth is, like many goals in life, people often kick them off in high spirits with an “all-out” attitude. The problem is, many fail to pace themselves with moderation and wind up getting punctured. As a result, they quickly reverse back to old or worse habits because of the deprivation they’ve put themselves through. Sometimes this is also due to unrealistic goals which results in stretching yourself too far and leaving you discouraged to quit.
Don’t fall into the trap. Keep it real!
Consistency needs to be applied to the food choices, portion control, rest days and treat days in order to reach your goals. Practice mindfulness and set realistic goals that are measurable and manageable.
Reason #2: Misinformation and Weight Loss Lies
Today we live in an era where information is just a few clicks away. Gone are the days where you need to spend hours of research to find the answers to what you’re looking for. On hindsight, there are also a lot of misinformation circling the Internet about nutrition, diets, weight loss and exercise.
Let’s wake up to this.
Websites make money through viewership. With the Internet being an open digital space makes it hard to regulate because it lacks centralised administration. Anyone can easily slap some content and position themselves as so-called nutrition or fitness “experts”. Writers also have tendencies to put up controversial headlines and “quick-fix” solutions that captures attention, not with the intention to provide honest and true value to their readers, but with the ulterior motive to simply generate “clicks” and views in order to be paid by advertisers.
So be mindful of what you read and buy on the Internet because you can’t believe it all. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no shortcuts such as a magic pill or a magic diet to keep your weight off and be healthy. You have to do the work and make lifestyle changes.
Reason #3: Procrastination and Inaction
For a lot of people getting anything done at all is procrastination and inaction. Take for example, have you ever attended an event which presented you an entire feast? It was a night of free flow on the house, your favourite cakes and cheese on the table. At that point – you convinced yourself, “Alright, I’m gonna hang loose and be a socialite just for tonight. Monday onwards I’m going to work it off and start eating clean!”
Then Monday comes, you had back to back meetings and you could only squeeze in fast foods throughout the day. Then Tuesday comes, you had a really bad day with your partner so you decided to splurge yourself to comfort foods. Then Wednesday comes…
You get the idea.
The fact is… that’s life.
Life is full of surprises and uncontrollable external events. While there can be an excuse for everything, to achieve your weight loss goals and keep the pounds off, you must have power over them by taking responsibility for yourself.
So train yourself to stick with it and get motivated with momentum. Keep a journal or let your friends in on your plans of losing weight so you are more likely to follow through with your goals.
Weight loss success is not an event. Weight loss is very cumulative in nature. This means that everything you do now, and every step you take will contribute towards your personal weight loss success in the future.