Have you been actively trying to lose weight, but find your results aren’t where you would like them to be? If you’re trying to figure out what’s stopping you from losing weight, read on to discover seven reasons you can’t lose the weight – and how to resolve those issues to push your fitness goals forward!
Block #1: Your Mind
Your mind is your #1 ally for reaching your goals, so it needs to be on track with what you want to achieve; otherwise, it can quickly become your #1 enemy. You can get your mind focused on your efforts by:
- Visualizing yourself at your ideal weight. Imagine how it feels for you to look the way you’ve always wanted. Do this visualization every day.
- Protecting your mind from negative self-talk. As soon as negative thoughts come to your mind, reject them and replace them with positive, inspiring thoughts. Your body hears everything your mind says!
- Re-programming your mind to think of yourself as fit and attractive, instead of out-of-shape and fat.
- Believing you can achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of – see it first in your mind, and you’ll be well on your way to seeing it in the mirror!
Block #2: Your Fear
Change can make you feel nervous or uneasy, even if it’s a positive change in the right direction. You may not be consciously aware of the fear you have about making this change in your life, but until you conquer it, your weight loss efforts will be blocked by self-sabotage. According to professional motivational speaker and author Anthony Robbins, there are three specific believes you need to have in order to create lasting change instead of giving into fear:
- Believe something MUST change: You can’t be thinking about it, considering it, or even be ‘pretty sure’ about it – you need to be rock solid in your belief that something NEEDS TO and MUST change. Don’t be wishy-washy about it. Decide!
- Believe that YOU must change it: You can’t pass the buck of responsibility for YOUR weight loss and expect the weight to fall off – it’s your choice! Other people can support you, but in the end, you’re the one who has to choose to make the effort to create the results you want. Decide to want this enough to make it your personal mission.
- Believe you CAN change it: While you may have had failures in the past, they don’t matter now and don’t deserve your focus. You can do amazing things when you put your mind to it. Once you own the belief that you CAN lose the weight you want to lose, you’ll be unstoppable.
Block #3: Excuses
- Expect more from yourself – choose to take on the responsibility instead of generating an excuse. You may surprise yourself to discover how much better you feel and how much you can achieve by taking action!
- Focus on the big reason you have for losing the weight. Make a list of the benefits you’ll enjoy once you achieve your goal, and review them every morning.
- It comes down to this: Your life can be full of results or excuses. Which do you want in your life?
Block #4: Your Commitment
How many times have you tried to lose weight, only to give up a week or two later? If you truly want to lose weight, you need to make a commitment to the process.
- Don’t give up until your goal has been achieved. Keep that goal and your reasons for wanting it at the top of your mind and push ahead until you get there!
- Treat exercise with the same importance as a work meeting or other important task. Don’t skip out early, and don’t skip it altogether. Instead, mark it in your schedule as your dedicated fitness time (time for yourself!) and stick to that schedule.
- Sometimes, life happens that cause things to get off track. Sometimes, we can’t avoid that. If that happens, acknowledge it without giving up and get back on track. You can’t fail if you don’t give up!
Block #5: Your Diet
If you consistently eat the wrong foods, then all of your efforts will be in vain. You can’t eat fast food, junk food and food that causes you to keep weight on if you expect to lose weight.
- Processed foods have no place in your kitchen, especially if you’re trying to achieve weight loss goals. Replace them with real whole foods like lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fruits. Processed foods need to stay on store shelves, as they are filled with chemicals and empty calories that will make you sick and fat, not lean and healthy!
- Limit the amount of fat you consume. Fat contains twice the caloric density of protein and carbohydrates (9 kcal/g rather than 4 kcal/g), so focus on eating a lot of lean proteins and wholesome carbohydrates from plants and whole grains.
- Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains are filled with fibre and antioxidants, which are vital for healthy weight loss. Snack on these instead of pre-packaged foods.
Block #6: Your Patience
It takes time to transform your body from fat to fit, even though you want it to happen overnight. Remember, it took time to put the weight on, so it will take time and effort to take the weight off. Here’s what you can do if your patience is wavering or you get to a frustrating plateau:
- Review your goal. It needs to be specific and measurable, and you should keep it small and attainable. Then, focus on the actions you can take and know each action you take is one step closer to the goal.
- Challenge your body by using different amounts of resistance, trying new exercises and doing the exercises at a varied pace. Change things up to keep your body responsive and keep yourself interested.
- One great workout won’t get you the body you want. The only way to achieve your goal is by consistently exercising and eating right.
Block #7: Your Support
It’s important to have support when you’re working toward your weight loss goals. People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and are more likely to fall off-track. Why push yourself if no one is paying attention? Try these options instead:
- Find a workout partner. Make sure it’s someone who can inspire and push you when you need it; maybe find someone who is in better shape than you are so you can maintain your focus.
- Find someone you can report your efforts to. Let them know when you’ve completed your workouts, and even when you’ve eaten healthy foods without any ‘cheats’ for an entire day. They can cheer you on and if you have to report to someone, you’re more likely to do what you need to do.
- Work with a local fitness expert (like me!). I’m passionate about making sure you achieve results instead of wasting your time, energy and effort on things that won’t work for you.
If you’re looking for a coach who will be in your corner to guide you and support you every step of the way, keep you accountable and give you that dose of encouragement when you need it most, we should talk. When you start a program with me, you suddenly have the upper hand to break through all of those blocks that keep you from losing weight, and finally achieve and maintain your weight loss goals.