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9 Reasons Why Your Weight Loss Efforts Fail

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Why Your Weight Loss Efforts Keep Failing

Your weight loss efforts continue to fail not matter what you do.  You have been struggling for some time now trying to drop the pounds.  Each day you start fresh only to have your “dedicated eating”  fall short of your best intentions.   Your weight loss efforts have not only become a daily struggle that has left you disappointed, but you also feel that no matter what you do you’ll never get in shape.  Does any of this sound familiar?   You are not alone. Millions of people put forth the same dedication and have the same daily struggles.

If you want to take control and finally lose that weight you have to identify the reasons that cause you to get off track.  Check this list and see if you can find your own weight loss efforts and pitfalls.  Identifying them can be your first step to breaking them.

Not putting YOUR needs first

If you want to lose weight you have to make it a priority, and this means you have to put your needs first.  If this means taking your food along on a trip or watching what you eat at a dinner party, do it.  You get out of your program what you put into it.

Failure to get realistic goals

Many people set weight loss goals, but far too often people set unrealistic weight loss goals.  If your goal is too far out of reach you can’t achieve it.  Write down a goal that your mind first believes, because what your mind believes, your body achieves.

Having a do-or-die attitude

You could be sabotaging your own weight loss efforts if you try too hard.  Jumping into a weight loss program with a do-or-die attitude is almost always a set-up for failure.  Easing into a weight loss program allows you room for adjustments and doesn’t leave you feeling restricted.  Make small weekly changes so you are not overwhelmed.

Expecting immediate results

Expecting immediate weight loss results will destroy a positive attitude every time.  You must realize that you didn’t gain fat weight overnight and you aren’t going to lose fat weight overnight either.  Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer at tells us,”Cutting calories today (through diet and exercise) will not necessarily show up on the scale at the end of the day or even by tomorrow. Your weight can fluctuate from day-to-day for reasons that have nothing to do with your diet and exercise program. Much of this fluctuation is due to water and food intake. While your scale may show changes throughout the day, fluctuations that could be due to food & water alone are not permanent weight losses or gains.”  Give your weight loss program time.

Eating haphazardly

Eating haphazardly can ruin your best weight loss intentions. Your body responds best to a scheduled eating program.  Eating a small balanced meal every three hours works best for keeping your metabolism up and warding off sugar and carb cravings.

Justifying nibbling

You may be impair your weight loss efforts by justifying nibbling.  If you want to lose weight once and for all, you have to cut out the nibbling between meals.  If you are nibbling between meals due to true hunger, you need to be sure you are eating every three hours and are eating enough calories.

Giving in to temptation

Giving in to temptation will leave you feeling hopeless.  Think about why you want the temptation and decide if it’s really worth giving in to for the sake of simply having it.  More often than not, if you step back and think about it, you can walk the other way and not give in.

Lying to yourself

Lying to yourself about weight loss will cause failure.  If you want to lose the weight, you have to be true to yourself.  If you cheated, hold yourself accountable for it and realize you may not have a good outcome at the end of the week when you do your weight and stat check.

Making excuses upon excuses

Making excuses leads to failure, no matter what you’re trying to accomplish.  What’s worse is that many people try to rationalize their excuses.  An excuse is an apology, rationalization is justification.  Many people combine the two to simply get out of personal responsibility.  Stop making excuses and find a way to be successful.  Make your weight loss efforts worthy.


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If you have identified yourself in one or more of the scenarios listed above, now is the time to do something about it. Banish the excuses, take action, and reap the rewards of a leaner and healthier lifestyle.

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