It is estimated that about half of the people in America make New Years resolutions to improve themselves in some way. According to various surveys the top two New Years resolutions are lose weight and get fit. Whether resolutions are tradition or sincere decisions to have a better year, someone is bound to ask you to identify your New Years resolutions you vowed to keep.
If you resolve to lose weight it is highly probable you could fall into the 75% group that fail, many around February and March of the new year. Having been a member of this group (more than once) in past years I tried to discover why failure was so prevalent, and came up with 7 reasons weight loss resolutions fail. Any one of the following reasons can cause you to fail, but most fall to more than one.
- Unreasonable Goals; to lose 100 pounds in a year is not realistic even in the best of cases, without extreme measures or possible medical assistance. Sure, you can lose 10 to 15 pounds in a short time by modifying diet and exercise, but you won’t be able to maintain that pace since much of the initial loss is water. Most physicians will encourage a “healthy” weight loss of 2 to 4 pounds per month until you reach your optimal weight. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by setting unreasonable goals. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is not an annual event, its an ongoing lifestyle change from https://www.sportzfuel.com/.
- Force of Habit; never underestimate the power in the force of habit, defined as behavior that has become automatic through long practice or frequent repetition. The behavior becomes so automatic we don’t appear to give it any conscious thought. A visible example is the person trying to give up smoking who, without thinking, reaches to their pocket or purse after a meal for the cigarette that isn’t there. A more subtle, but just as real, force of habit is craving certain foods such as sugar or something salty. There are more complex physiological circumstances here, but the point is, it is hard to overcome the force of habit.
- Wrong Diet Choice; one of the most important aspects of weight loss is choosing a diet that will modify the emotional and hormonal responses that sustain craving certain foods. There is so much more to dieting than just counting calories. Take a minute to check out My #1 Choice about the number one rated diet plan.
- Poor Exercise Plan; have you seen the ads that guarantee weight loss without exercise? Well, its true, for the short term. Reduce the amount of calories you take in while changing some of the food you eat and you will lose weight…without exercising. However, for most people, it is impossible to acquire and maintain a healthy weight without some regular physical exercise. Proper cardio and muscle toning exercises are an important part of modifying your metabolism for a healthier you. So what is a good exercise plan? It starts with having a physical and receiving guidance from your physician what may be best for you. Don’t run the risk of a health issue or injury without first seeking professional advice. And whatever is deemed best for you, do it on a regular basis.
- Lack of Focus; When I look through the lens of my camera I’m concerned about lighting, composition and focus. However, for most pictures lighting and composition don’t mean squat if they are out of focus. Newer cameras focus automatically, but you must guide them as to where and on what to focus. Its no different with any worthwhile endeavor in life. Focus sharply on the goal, being aware of surrounding objects but never let the goal become blurry. Lose focus and the goal is lost.
- Weak Motivation; motivation comes from within oneself. Others can inspire you to become more motivated. But, others can’t motivate you. If you succeed in changing your life by losing weight and keeping it off, your motivation is strong. If you fail, your motivation was weak and you have no one to blame but yourself. Like me, if you’ve been in that spot before, step back, face reality, rekindle your motivation and move forward with determination not to fail.
- Surrender to Setbacks; setbacks or barriers to your goals come in many disquises wearing the label of temptation which lead to failure. All of a sudden you start gaining weight back and you are tempted to quit. After a while you perceive the food in your diet plan to be bland and unappealing and are tempted to quit. The “fun” part of your exercise program becomes work and you are tempted to quit. Years ago after several months of success on a popular diet plan I attended a company convention and surrendered to temptation to partake of all the gourmet cuisine. Game over, I lost to a formidable opponent…temptation. I gained all the weight back and then some. Years later it was that memory which led to the name of this website, No Surrender Weight Loss.com.
Here’s wishing you a healthy and prosperous new year. Don’t give up on your worthwhile goals, take a no surrender attitude, move forward and succeed.