There are some important things you should know if you’ve lost weight only to regain it again. First, this happens to most people. Second, you’re not a failure because weight loss is something that’s easier at times but we must keep working at it. Third, learning from your past experiences will help you be more successful in the future. Consider these reasons why you may have failed in the past so you can succeed in the future.
You’re not Thinking Long-Term
Instead of worrying about whether you can lose weight, you should be concerned about if you can do so while still living the life you enjoy. Lifestyle changes are more important than quick fixes here. This is important because if you reach your goal weight, but it means you’ll need to exercise 6 days a week and watch what you’re eating, you’re going to regain that weight. Instead, you need to find something that works for you without making you feel miserable so you can sustain your weight loss.
You’re Being too Rigid
Weight loss isn’t something that’s black and white – you must learn to embrace imperfection too. You’re bound to have some bad times mixed in with all your good times, but you can’t afford to throw in the towel or beat yourself up over it. Instead, you need to think about what you can do to get back on track – things like taking a walk, cleaning your home, or calling someone who will help hold you accountable. Regardless of what you choose to do, make sure it’s something that’s concrete and achievable so you have a small victory on hand.
You’re not Creating a Smart Plan
There are a few things that will make your plan “smart.” For this, it should be:
- Specific: Instead of saying, “I want to feel better,” you need to clearly state what you’re trying to achieve.
- Measurable: For this you should keep a food and exercise log so you know how you’re doing and if you’re making progress.
- Achievable: It must be realistic regarding the time and resources you’ll use to lose weight. Make sure your new behaviors align with your existing habits. Include visual cues when possible (e.g. leave your exercise clothes out to remind you to go to the gym).
- Relevant: Consider both your short- and long-term goals and whether they’re sustainable for life. Also make sure your eating and exercise patterns are healthy.
- Timely: You want something you can start today if possible. However, if you’re feeling a lot of stress in your life, you may need to put your weight loss journey on hold so you can deal with this stress first.
You’re not Ready to Change
You must be committed to the hard work not just the idea of losing weight. This means being prepared to try new foods, exercise more, and change your lifestyle – things that require a real commitment. However, the good news is that permanent weight loss is possible… if you have the right people on your side helping you. This is why you should contact us at Fitness 360 today. Over the years we’ve helped many people not only lose weight but keep it off. Will you be the next success story?
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