5 Reasons People Fail to Lose Weight
- Possible Pat
- May 15, 2018
Being overweight, especially if you have hundreds of pounds to lose as I did, is not only unhealthy, but it can be dangerous. When I reached my top weight of 605 pounds, I was told that I was pre-diabetic and that if I were to continue down the road, I was on I would not be around for more than a few more years. This frightened me, and I knew it was time to buckle down, take care of myself and lose the weight so that I could take care of those around me.
This was easier said than done, however, and I knew that this road ahead wasn’t going to be easy because I had tried to lose weight in the past and I failed time and time again. I didn’t know why I had failed or how I was going to overcome these failures to finally lose the weight and keep it off for good.
If you’ve dieted in the past, chances are this is a familiar story. Before I could lose the weight, I had to recognize why it was I had failed in the past and what I could do to be successful in the future.
Reasons Why People Fail to Lose Weight
1. Setting Unrealistic Goals
Many times when people begin to try and change the way they eat, they set their goals too high and try to do too much at once. If you’ve read my How to Lose Weight 101 Guide then you know when I started to lose weight I began to build my healthy habits a little at a time. I slowly cut things like dairy and soda out of my diet, rather than throwing it all out at once.
When you try to achieve goals that are too high, such as trying to change your habits overnight, then chances are you’ll end up feeling overwhelmed and deprived. Instead, try to take steps to eating better. For example, instead of giving up soda entirely, find some soda alternatives that you can easily replace them with.
2. Not Eating Nutritiously
Too many people who try to lose weight make the mistake of not eating balanced, nutritional meals. Instead, they either significantly cut down their portion sizes, rather than changing what they are eating. For many, this means eating a diet full of processed foods that do not provide the balanced nutrition our bodies crave.
When this happens, the body reacts, and you may experience headaches, fatigue, irritability, and cravings. This can cause you to either give up on losing weight or to periodically binge eat. If you want to lose weight, you can’t just focus on portion control. You also have to make sure that what you are eating is nutritious and your meals provide your body with what it needs.
3. Crash Dieting
So many people wind up on crash diets to quickly lose the weight. Not only does this not work, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose, but it is not sustainable, so any weight you do lose on a crash diet will come back.
Not only does crash dieting not work, but it can also be dangerous. People who crash diet can see side effects like depression, moodiness, fatigue, and cravings. Crash dieting can also slow your metabolism, cause you to lose muscle, increase your risk of heart attacks if done long-term, weaken your immunity system, and perpetuate an unhealthy relationship with food.
4. Lack of Support
Losing weight and sticking to your diet can be tough, especially when there is no one around you to cheer you on, congratulate you on your successes, and most importantly be there when times get tough. Building a support system and surrounding yourself with the right people can be the difference between success and failure so be sure you have support. Where you find that support is up to you, whether it be your family, friends, or even online support.
5. Not Seeing Results Fast Enough
Losing weight is tough because it can take time to see the results. The reason crash dieting and weight loss pills are so popular even though they don’t work because we all want to see instant results. Weight loss isn’t instant, and it takes time, especially when you do it the right way and want to see lasting weight loss results.
When I lost my weight, it took time and patience. I may have seen some results happen quickly because of the changes I was making, but I’ve spent the past couple of years working to get where I am. Real weight loss happens in steps, and the journey may be long, but as long as you do it right you won’t have to go backward and you can lose the weight for good.
How to be Successful with Weight Loss
Knowing why people fail with their diets can help you be successful by avoiding these pitfalls, and knowing what makes people succeed can get you that much closer to losing the weight and living a healthier lifestyle. To be successful, you need to know how to make realistic goals, fill your diet with whole foods, find a support system and be patient as weight loss is not instant. Learn how to develop healthy habits so that when you do lose the weight you can keep it off for good and you never put it back on. You can learn how to develop better habits and change the way you approach weight loss by following the steps I laid out, the very steps that I took, as I lost the weight in my How to Lose Weight 101 Guide.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.