I talk to people all of the time who are struggling to lose weight. They could be wrestling with ten pounds they want to drop before the big high school reunion or it could be trying to lose thirty pounds to make a significant life change.
It doesn't matter what the "number" is. I see the same five challenges getting in the way for people struggling to lose weight.
Struggling to lose weight? Here's why...
1. Your environment stinks. This is a big one and that's why I listed it first. If you come home every day to a spouse or significant other that doesn't support your efforts to lose weight or be healthy then you are going to run into problems.
I hear something along these lines all of the time, "I'm eating paleo but I can't seem to get my spouse/significant other/boyfriend/girlfriend on board. They think it's crazy/weird/stupid."
Well guess what? Who cares what they think?!?! I don't care if it's your grandma. This is your life. Sometimes you have to be a little pig-headed to get what you want. If that means you have to make some other people uncomfortable because of your efforts, then so be it. Let your actions and your results speak for themselves.
If those closest to you insist on having junk food around and don't value physical exercise then you should just stick with your plan of action and ignore what they do. Chances are (around 100%) that as you start to get more fit and healthy they will follow in your foot-steps without you saying a word. And if they don't? I'm sorry, but it's not your problem. You should live a healthy life and set the best example possible but it's not worth the energy to try and "change" someone who doesn't want to change in the first place.
2. You don't have a strong enough "why". I talk about this all of the time and it makes me feel like a broken record. Maybe I am a broken record. Maybe I am a broken record. ;)
You absolutely have to have a strong reason "why" for any change you're trying to make. You can't just say I want to lose five pounds and expect it to happen. You have to say something like,"I want to lose five pounds so I look fantastic at the ten year reunion and make all my ex's jealous." That's good stuff. That will keep you focused even when your significant other is stuffing their faces with Oreo cookies right in front of you.
3. You don't have a plan. I'm sorry, but you can't achieve a goal without a plan of how you will do it. I'm going to put a shameless plug in for PrimalPal. The whole reason we developed this paleo meal planning application was to give people an easy way to PLAN their meals so that they can eat healthy and be healthy. We make it easy because we know how hard it can be to plan healthy meals for the week.
I see three big areas that you have to have a plan around if you want to lose weight and get more healthy. The first is your nutrition. What are you eating? What you do in the kitchen determines 90% of your success. Secondly, your lifestyle in regards to stress management. Do you hydrate properly, get enough sleep and make enough time for yourself to unwind. Lastly, your exercise and physical activity. Do you have a structured exercise program? Do you still make time for fun physical play? Have a plan in those three areas and stick to it. You will see results.
4. You let small setbacks totally derail all your good efforts. Do not let one bad moment totally throw you off track. In our eBook, The Ridiculously Easy Guide to Paleo, I talk about "flat-tire events". In other words, what do you do when you get a flat tire? Hopefully, you change the tire and you drive on.
Just because you ate the whole Tolberone bar does not give you an excuse to now go out and eat a double cheeseburger and french fries for dinner. If you have a flat-tire event, as in a one time F%&! UP, then get back on the horse and get on track immediately. You will be fine as long as you don't let this one time event mess up all your hard work.
5. You make excuses about why you can't do something. We are all guilty of this. I've had my fair share of pointing my finger at everything and everyone else when I didn't get the job done.
If you find yourself making excuses then you need to go look in the mirror and have a heart-to-heart with yourself. Chances are there is something going on with "you" that is keeping "you" from achieving your goal. Try to catch yourself making excuses and immediately take responsibility and ownership for your behavior.
Those are the five common reasons I see people struggling to lose weight. What do you think? Are there other reasons people struggle with weight loss or achieving goals in general?
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