What’s Holding You Back

The 3 Reasons You’re Not Losing The Weight You Want

Losing weight and getting in shape should, in theory, be simple. However, as you may know, that theory doesn’t always pan out in reality. Things get in the way. Be that life or just the excuses that you tell yourself.

These excuses no doubt hold you back from achieving your goals. But they’re not always as clear cut as “I don’t like exercise” or “I can’t give up cake”.

They could be deeper, more thought and emotion based than you may first think.

So, today I thought I’d look at three of the reasons that may be holing you back from achieving your goals. They probably not what you think.

1: Fear

There are two sides of fear when it comes to weight loss.

Straight away there is the fear of failure. The negative thoughts creep in. You worry that you won’t be able to stick to a diet. You worry that you won’t like the food. You worry that you have to tell your friends that you’ve quit on yet another weight loss plan.

The pressure of failure can be so intense that it stops us from doing anything. It holds us back. It freezes us in our tracks. But what fears do you have about failure? Write them down and look at ways that you can overcome them.

On the flip side of failure is success. Believe it or not, some people are scared to succeed!

They worry about what their life will be like as a slimmer, healthier person. They worry that their spouse won’t love them the same. They worry that their friends may treat them different.

It’s okay to be worried about what the future holds. It’s not okay to let that fear hold you back!

2: Internal Conflicts

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can be my own worst enemy. Over-thinking things to the extent that you just freeze and do nothing. Then moan that your life isn’t going the way you want it.

The same thing holds true for weight loss. You start self-sabotaging by engaging in negative yourself or your ability to lose weight. Saying things that dieting or exercise are a waste of time. That you can’t lose weight and that you’re supposed to be fat. And that you’re happy this way. But are you really?

Again, it’s the internal conflict in your head that’s stopping you from becoming the person you want to be. Using a food and mood diary to track how you feel can help. As can talking to a professional to help sort out your true feelings about your self worth.

3: Outside Influences

Losing weight and getting in shape isn’t just about you. Well, not unless you live on a deserted island. Granted you have to make the decisions about what foods you eat and if you’re going to go to the gym, but the people around you massively influence those decisions.

For instance, do you have a spouse or friend who offers you food they know isn’t on your weight loss plan? Have you ever been swayed into skipping your workout or eating something you didn’t plan on having because someone in your life talked you into making that decision?

It’s happened to me and I’d be surprised if that has never happened to you. Although I hope your friends haven’t intentionally tried to sabotage your efforts. If they have then this is more a reflection of them and their insecurities around weight loss.

So, even though losing weight and getting fit requires you to make the right food choices and put in the effort in the gym, it requires a supportive environment in which to do this. So it might be worth talking to your family and friends and see if they can get involved and support you on this journey.

Having a network of support is key to weight loss success and this is one of the important factors and why my 21 Day Jumpstart Programme works so well. Members support each other through the programme and share success with each other.

That makes for a win-win situation.

The next 21 Day Jumpstart commences on Monday 27th March. If you want to get started on your weight loss journey, here’s the link to sign up: www.BarnstaplePersonalTrainer.co.uk/21days

Have a great day,

MK 🙂