18 Reasons You May Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss and Exercise Efforts – Part 2

by A Diet Community

Today we’re going to look at three more common saboteurs:

  • The desire for a quick fixweight loss sabotage - 3
  • Denial
  • Living to eat

Get out your journal and take some notes as you read.  Chances are, at least one of these will resonate with you!

(see other parts here – (Part 1  –  Part 2  – Part 3  –  Part 4  –  Part 5  –  Part 6)

Reason #4 – You Want a Quick Fix

Everyone wants a quick fix when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape.  That’s why diet pills and fad diets are so popular, and the hype that accompanies them is so compelling.

The promise of rapid, easy weight loss sells faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.

Unfortunately, impatience doesn’t work when it comes to weight loss.

Remember, you didn’t gain that weight overnight.

It happened over time – and it’s going to take time and patience for it to come off safely and (hopefully) permanently.  If you’re unwilling to accept this fact – and yes, it’s a frustrating reality – then you’re going to sabotage your weight loss efforts.

You’ll either quit prematurely because the numbers on the scale aren’t decreasing quickly enough, or you’ll try a fad diet or other quick weight loss scheme and end up feeling too deprived or gaining the weight right back.

There’s a reason people don’t last very long on extreme low calorie diets or overly rigorous exercise programs.  The deprivation is too extreme and the physical pain (and risk of injury) too great.

It’s understandable that you want to lose the greatest amount of weight in the least amount of time, but trying to do so is unhealthy and sometimes downright dangerous.

All that time and effort will be wasted in the end, and you’ll find it more difficult to try again – and go the safe, gradual weight loss route.


Reason #5 – You’re in Denial

Denial can be a wonderful thing – at least on the surface.  It protects you by sugar-coating (no pun intended!) the harsh reality about your weight that we’re not willing to – or aren’t ready to – face.

Unfortunately, it also allows you to make excuses for skipping your workout or eating things you know aren’t in your best interest.

For example, when you’re in denial, it’s easy to rationalize having “just a couple chocolate chip cookies (or whatever your guilty pleasure); after all, that’s just a few extra calories today.”

You tell yourself (ignoring the uncomfortable tightness of your clothing) “I’m not that overweight” or “I deserve a treat”.

Whether your weight loss goal is to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, denial will prevent you from ever reaching it.  Until you’re willing to take a long, hard look at your present situation, you’ll continue to sabotage yourself.  Being completely honest with yourself is imperative if you want to succeed once and for all.


Reason #6 – You Live to Eat Rather Than Eat to Live

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying food.

However, when eating becomes a form of recreation, entertainment, and / or comfort, dieting can be quite difficult.

The main reason for this is that the deprivation that comes from cutting back takes on an emotional dimension.

You see, if you regard food primarily as fuel for your body, any sense of deprivation is physical.  In other words, you may feel a little hungry at times while you’re trying to lose weight, but nothing more.

However, when you live to eat, dieting is like having your favorite blanket and all your toys taken away in addition to often feeling hungry.  And that’s much harder to bear.

If your life revolves around food then your ability to stick to any weight loss regimen is going to be very difficult.  You’ll constantly be fighting the temptation to over-indulge and eat for all the wrong reasons.  Until you find other ways to comfort and entertain yourself, you’re going to be sabotaging your efforts in a desperate attempt to fill the emotional void.


Helpful Tips:

  1. Review your weight loss / exercise plan and goals.  Are you trying to do the impossible?  Is your impatience for results setting you up for failure?  Are you falling for a fad diet rather than taking the slow, healthy approach to weight loss?  Set a more realistic time frame and remember that fad diets rarely result in lasting success.
  2. Make a list of all the excuses you make that interfere with your success.  Rate the seriousness of your current situation by looking at what your excess weight is costing you emotionally, physically, and financially.
  3. Make a list of 10 healthy, enjoyable things you can do in lieu of eating for recreation, fun, or comfort.  Commit to doing one of these things whenever you feel the urge to eat for the wrong reasons.

(Part 1  –  Part 2  – Part 3  –  Part 4  –  Part 5  –  Part 6)

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