Have you ever felt like you just can’t lose weight no matter what you do?
You’ve tried counting calories and cutting out carbs after 7 PM.
You’ve tried Keto, Paleo, even the Whole 30 Diet- and while they all seemed promising at first, you can’t help but notice that you’re not seeing the long-term kind of results that you want…
You want to feel confident in your own skin.
You want to feel comfortable in your favorite clothes.
You want to feel energized, ready to take on anything this world throws at you.
But honestly- all you feel is frustrated because you feel like you’re doing EVERYTHING imaginable and yet, you have nothing to show for it…
So what gives? Is it just not in the cards for you to lose weight? Should you give up now before you get even more frustrated with the process?
If you’re not losing weight with your current fitness plan- it’s not that you can’t lose weight, it’s just that you need some help modifying your approach to fitness.
In this blog post, I’m sharing with you 3 things holding you back with your current weight loss program. And I’m also giving you actionable steps you can take so that you start to see real results in no time!
At face value, weight loss seems pretty straightforward; with the help of a healthy diet and exercise, all you have to do is burn more calories than you consume.
But if weight loss is so simple, then why do so many women struggle with maintaining a healthy weight? What’s more, why do nearly 95 percent of dieters give up before reaching the goal which they set for themselves?
The problem isn’t weight loss. The problem is the way in which most of us approach weight loss.
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So if you’re trying to lose weight, but you can’t seem to make the bathroom scale budge, take a deep breath + see if you’re guilty of one of these common mistakes below!
Reason 1 of Why You Can’t Lose Weight: You’re Doing Too Much
It’s easy to fall into the more is better mindset- especially when it comes to weight loss.
You’ve probably had similar thoughts before…
…If 20 minutes of exercise is good for the body, surely 40 minutes must be better!
…If refraining from 100 calories each day can help me lose weight, then cutting back on 300 calories will hurry the process along!
Or perhaps you’re an overachiever and you convince yourself that the MORE you do to get toward your goal, the more likely you’ll be to find success..
So you commit to working-out everyday AND drinking 100 oz. of water AND watching your sodium intake AND eating only natural, non-processed food AND you promise yourself to stretch before bed every night AND you’re going to start meditating AND you’re also going to revamp your skincare routine (because that’s what healthy women do)…
Pretty soon your day is booked solid with an endless number of to-do’s that you have promised yourself to complete- all in the name of good health!
The truth is, introducing change of any magnitude into your life is a hard thing to maintain. Especially, when you introduce BIG changes (or a lot of change at once), it’s easy to burnout quickly!
You see, as humans, we are creatures of habit. And anything that threatens our normal routines (even if it is for the better)- our bodies fight very hard against it! So, inevitably we give up, returning to the same old habits that we were trying to change in the first place.
Without consistency in any sort of fitness plan, our weight-loss results tend to fall short…
How to fix this: Remember, temporary action can only produce temporary results. Micro changes- while not nearly as exciting as the big changes we’d like to adopt- are sustainable + when compounded together, can produce some pretty significant results.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best thing you can do to improve your approach to fitness is to simplify what you’re doing!– Focus on only one change at a time; and add more changes only after you become comfortable with the first ones!
Small disciplines repeated with CONSISTENCY lead to great ACHIEVEMENTS gained slowly OVER TIME.
Reason 2 of Why You Can’t Lose Weight: You’re Not Clear About What You Want
When new fitness habits fail to take root, it’s usually due to a lack of preparation.
Women tend to try to enforce change on their health without first asking themselves what they actually want the ‘new and improved’ version of themselves to look like.
They start with a vague goal- “I want to lose weight”- without specifying what they are actually trying to change or accomplish.
Without a clear goal in mind, they take scattered action that gets them nowhere- and when this happens, they slip into feelings of discouragement + frustration.
How to fix this: The key to getting what you want out of your health + fitness routine is to first determine what you’re trying to accomplish! Take the time to envision what you want your “future self” to look like.
Are you a woman that regularly attends yoga classes? Are you trying to lose weight or are you wanting to add lean muscle to your frame? Do you see yourself going vegan, or are you wanting to improve your poor relationship with food?
There’s no wrong answer to any of these questions! The important thing here is that you get honest with yourself + answer them truthfully.
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Once you know where you’re trying to get to, narrow your focus to actions that help get you there + ignore the rest!
Reason 3 of Why You Can’t Lose Weight: You’re Going At It Alone
Most women feel that the reason they fail at losing weight is because they don’t have enough knowledge about fitness.
The truth is, what most fitness plans lack is actually support + accountability.
Transformation of any sort is a process. While we’d like to imagine our weight loss journey as problem-free, the more likely scenario is that we’ll encounter (many times over) situations + decisions that test our commitment to improving our health.
When this happens, you need someone in your corner, rooting you on, cheering for you, and reminding you of the bigger goals that you’re trying to accomplish.
You need a fail-safe to keep you from quitting; otherwise you’ll quit each time you encounter difficulties or whenever the journey starts to feel uncomfortable.
How to fix this: Seek out support from family and friends who are also trying to lose weight! Encourage your co-workers to get involved by starting a fitness challenge at the office.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of online support groups! There are plenty of women you can connect with that understand exactly what you’re going through.
If you’re looking for a community to join, check out- Healthy Living for the Modern Woman– where we support one another in living healthy, sustainable lifestyles.
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Weight loss can feel like a big and daunting problem, but when you become strategic with your approach to fitness- you’ll find the entire process to be much easier to handle!
You are so capable of achieving weight loss success- don’t ever let yourself believe differently.
And if you’re truly ready to dive deeper into the STRATEGY behind weight loss and discover the weight loss approach that works best for YOU – I encourage you to check out my signature 12-week fitness program- Sustainably YOU!– where I teach even the busiest women how to live healthfully + discover their best self yet!
The principles I covered in this blog post are just a fraction of what you’ll encounter in my 12-week fitness program.
Here to support YOU! XO -Britney (ms.fit.farmer)
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