Thankfully my life has now changed around for good, but a recent chat with my (near) 21 year old daughter got me thinking about this stuff, so I thought I’d share a few reasons why most weight loss pursuits fail for most of us. If you’d like more weight loss and nutrition tips, click here to subscribe to my weekly newsletter.
3 Reasons Most Weight Loss Pursuits Fail
1. Our method of thinking and approach to the whole term ‘diet’
Dominant messages in society and the heavily driven weight loss industry has us all chasing our tails in circles and thinking about ‘diet’ all wrong. It’s not about going on a ‘diet’ and feeling deprived. It’s about choosing a method that works for us long term. It’s about choosing the best things for ourselves because we deserve to feel wonderful. We must change our method and approach in order to make permanent changes. Stop thinking about going on a diet and start thinking about how you can improve your health and feel fantastic every day. This will take you out of the ‘diet’ mentality and into a permanent lifestyle change. That’s what you want right? Because even if you do go on a ‘diet’, the last thing you want to do after losing the weight and putting in all the effort is to put all the weight right back on again!
2. Our excuses
Of course we don’t think they are excuses, we actually think they are legitimate reasons and we tell ourselves this to make it all okay. There are a million ‘reasons’ we can tell ourselves but we are really lying to ourselves because when we really want something, we will make it happen! Stop being in denial, stop lying to yourself, and start to take action on what you want to change.
3. Too much, too fast
Overload, overwhelm, and taking on too much too fast is just setting us up for failure. Butting our heads at a gate repeatedly will not open it, it only proves to hurt us in the long run. But still we do it. We try to take on everything at once only to get 2-3 weeks down the track and fall apart. When we are overwhelmed it always leads to inaction rather than action. Overcoming procrastination and taking small and consistent steps is key to permanent habit change and moving forward instead of back.
When we can tackle these things and get into a proactive mindset, we can begin the process of real change in life. You deserve it, we all deserve it. Health is our most precious gift so take care of you!
What do you think are the reasons we fail? Do you agree with me or have other ideas? I’d love to know.
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