Weight loss isn’t always easy.
The premise of it is easy.
Create a calorie deficit and you will lose weight.
The execution of this however, doesn’t always go according to plan.
There are people who try time and time again to lose weight but, somehow, always seem to fall short of their goal.
Sometimes the reason we are not losing the weight we would like, is because we have to adjust things in a way that doesn’t sit well with us.
You may have to adjust your diet in a way you didn’t expect.
You may have to train in a way you didn’t expect.
You may have to give up things you like in order to get to where you would like to be.
All of these things can have an effect on whether you reach your weight loss goals or not.
There are times where we might need a mirror held up in front of us, so we can finally see the things that are keeping us from reaching our goals.
The majority of the time the main thing stopping us, is us.
We are unwilling to make the changes we need to make in order to get to where we want to be.
Below I am going to list the top 5 reasons for failure to achieve weight loss that I have come across.
- You are unwilling to actually start your diet.
This might seem like a silly statement, but one of the biggest obstacles that people face when starting out with weight loss, is actually starting.
They are willing to train.
They are willing to take supplements.
They are willing to do endless burpees.
Yet when you ask them how their diet is going, they suddenly become quiet.
Starting your diet is the first hurdle you will meet when you start out with weight loss.
You can’t keep eating the same foods that caused your weight gain and expect different results.
- You think that training alone will get you where you need to be.
Training is a great way to burn calories.
Whether it is weight training, cardio or a mixture of both, they all help to burn calories.
However, training alone, sometimes isn’t enough to create a large enough calorie deficit in order for you to lose weight.
It is very easy to take in more calories than you expend.
For some, they think that adding in more and more training will be the answer.
When you are in the right calorie deficit, you don’t need excessive amounts of training.
Excessive amounts of training won’t always help you to lose weight.
- You eat ‘healthy’, but don’t count the snacks.
To start with, “eating healthy” is a redundant statement when it comes to weight loss.
You are either eating for weight loss or you are not.
You can eat healthy all you want, but if you are not in a deficit, you will not lose weight.
We also have to take into account the snacks that you don’t register as food.
A biscuit here or there.
Finishing your kids chips before scraping the left overs into the bin.
The cakes, buns, sweets that are laying around work, that you don’t want, but can’t help indulging in every time you pass by.
These items are very calorie dense, they have a lot of calories for a small portion of food.
Even though you eat healthy at your main meals, you are not taking into account all the small things that add up and can send you over your daily calorie amount.
- You drink too much alcohol.
This is a simple one.
If you drink multiple times per week, you are more likely to be overweight.
You have the alcohol calories, fluid retention, decrease fat burning due to the body having to excrete the alcohol.
All these things will cause you to gain weight.
‘But I only have one glass of wine’
Let’s be realistic here.
Who only has one glass of wine?
You at least have 2 glasses and they are not the usual measure of wine, it is more than half of a large glass each time and almost a bottle by the time you are finished.
If you are doing this multiple times per week, (does Thursday to Sunday sound familiar?) , you are more likely to be overweight.
- Your weekends are a disaster.
The last scenario is people who do well when they are in a routine. They plan and prepare their food all week; at work, at home, after training.
Once they hit the weekend however, everything changes.
They are out of routine and snack on things they usually don’t snack on.
They eat out more.
They eat processed foods more.
They drink more alcohol.
They drink high calorie flavoured coffees.
It is extremely easy to mess up 5 days of good work through training and good nutrition in a single weekend.
What’s worse is you can go so far over on your calories that it will carry over into a day or 2 of the following week.
Do these things every weekend and over the course of a year you can see the pounds creeping on.
If you recognise one or more of these things and realise that they might be your downfall, maybe it’s time to change things up a bit.
It’s never nice to have our faults held up in front of us.
But sometimes it’s exactly what we need for us to realise that, this is what the problem is and to motivate us to finally change.
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