Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Top Reasons Why You Are Failing At Weight Loss

Two young women exercising on the beach

Millions of people in America are trying to lose weight
without much success. There are many reasons for this
failure, although most would rather give up than fix their
mistakes. Weight loss is hard! Without a little patience and
knowledge about nutrition and exercise, your best weight
loss plan may crumble. Learning the top reasons why weight
loss plans fails is important so that you do not make these
mistakes in your own life.

First, many weight loss plans fail because the people trying
to lose weight follow too strict a diet. When you cut
back your calories, you will burn more than you eat, so
you’ll lose weight, right? If you do this gradually, then
yes, it works like a charm. However, if you suddenly cut too
many, you won’t lose any weight at all because your
metabolism will slow down. You also put yourself in danger
of not getting enough of the vitamins, minerals, proteins,
and other nutrients you need every single day in order to
stay healthy.

Another common mistake is trying to go at weight loss alone.
Everything you do regarding weight loss, from dieting to
exercising, will be a hundred times easier if you have a
partner because you will push each other not to quit.
Working with a support system on a large scale is also
important. Your friends and family should know that you are
attempting to lose weight so that they can help you on the
process and not tempt you by doing things like baking you
cookies or taking up your gym time. Also, remember that
professionals, like doctors and trainers, should come into
the weight loss plan to help you shed the pounds.

Setting unrealistic goals is another good way to fail at a
weight loss plan. When you set goals that you can’t easily
reach, you push yourself to move forward and will feel
successful even if you fall short. However, when you set
impossible goals, you will find that you are easily
frustrated. Don’t weigh in every day, don’t completely cut
out all of the foods you eat on a regular basis, and don’t
exercise to much right away. Gradually build up to reaching
the goals you really want for your life, but smart with
smaller ideas.

Lastly, simply know yourself. Weight loss plans fail when
you attempt to be something you are not. Maybe you have wide
hips—a weight lose plan won’t completely change that, for
example. You have to be happy with yourself on the inside
before you change things on the outside in order to succeed
at losing weight.

With a varied and balanced diet, some exercise and the
correct mental attitude you cannot and will not fail.

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