5 reasons why you can’t lose weight

5 reasons why you can't lose weight

Plus the solution to keep your weight loss on track long-term

When I weighed 100 kilos, I tried everything to lose weight. It was so hard to watch those scales not budge each week, in fact, the number was slowly creeping up. So, if you’re reading this and thinking “I can’t lose weight!” know that I can totally relate. I’ve been where you are, and the good news is, I did lose the weight and I can show you what may be holding you back.

5 reasons you can’t lose weight

1. Poor food choices and incorrect portion sizes

What you eat can make or break your weight loss efforts. It’s not about starving yourself or living off lettuce and carrots. The secret to weight loss success is knowing what food to eat and how much to eat. A calorie-controlled eating plan that’s nutritionally balanced with all meals and snacks is the answer. It’s important to eat the right number of calories for your specific needs so you lose weight the healthy way.  

2. Being inconsistent

This is mostly due to setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves. For example, we might say – “I’m going to exercise for an hour every day.” But, if you haven’t exercised in a million years, all that happens is you burn out in the first week and your promised exercise routine falls by the wayside. It’s better to do less and be consistent, than do more and quit.  

3. Having a negative mindset

If you’re feeling hungry or “hangry” all the time this will affect how positive you are about your weight loss journey. Our minds have what’s called a negativity bias. Which means we naturally tend to focus on what we don’t want, the things we’re missing out on or the one bad day we’ve had in the last 7. It’s a daily choice to keep focused on what we DO want and continue forging ahead even when we’ve had a bad result on the scales or a slip up of some sort.  

4. Untamed habits and triggers

Food is entwined in so many aspects of our lifestyles that we don’t recognise the habits and triggers that cause us to reach for food to curb a low mood or a hard day at work. What food routines and eating habits have you created over the years? A good example is the mid-afternoon munchies, a habit created from our school days. But I ask you, how long has it been since you were at school 😊 The key is to identify the triggers and create a plan to help you stay on track when they occur.  

5. Lifestyle factors – family, friends, and social gatherings

Just because you want to lose weight doesn’t mean your social life is over. Don’t wait until Monday or for the ‘right time’ to start on a weight loss program. The truth is there’s never going to be a perfect time to lose weight. Whether we’re celebrating a milestone or mourning a loss, there’s always food involved. Even a quick catch up with family or friends includes food and or drinks to mark the occasion. The key is knowing how to navigate the food and not get thrown off course.  

So, what’s the solution?

I know firsthand what it’s like to desperately want to lose weight. I also know that there isn’t a shortcut – you have to be willing to stay the course to achieve your weight loss goal. And the best way to stay committed is to get support. Ideally, have someone who helps keep you accountable, encourages you to eat calorie-controlled and nutritionally balanced meals and include regular exercise.

If you’re sick of being on the diet roller coaster and want to lose the weight and keep it off long-term – come into my world of healthy living and let me show you how to lose the weight and keep it off. No fad diets, just good healthy food.

I’ve been where you are. In 1992 I made the decision to give up dieting and become a healthy person, and it was the best decision I ever made for myself. I lost 35 kilos and have been in my healthy weight range ever since, I want this for you too.

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