Why is it SO hard to lose weight?
Anyone with a weight loss goal, who is working hard on establishing healthy habits, and trying to decrease the frequency of making unhealthy choices knows that losing weight takes time!
Progress is rarely a straight line and a successful weight loss journey is going to require a long term approach to dial things in. This long term approach takes a significant amount of dedication and patience on your part. Paying attention to nutrition and taking the time to learn healthy habits to keep the weight off and be healthy across your lifespan is tough, but rewarding work.
Each individual has their own reasons for wanting to improve their nutrition. While losing weight is not a goal for everyone, losing weight and lowering body fat is the most common goal we hear at CrossFit LifeTree. Many people acknowledge that they need an accountability to help lose weight because they encounter some all too common roadblocks during their weight loss journey.
Let’s take a look at 3 of the most common roadblocks to lose weight:
- Looking for quick fixes or following fad diets.
It is often really tempting to follow a diet that you have heard has worked for someone else, which has led to a rapid weight loss. What you don’t know about this is that often these quick fixes or fad diets are super restrictive and are tough to sustain, leading to the regaining of weight. There is no one size fits all approach to weight loss!
- Not paying attention to what is going into our beverages.
So many times, we look at incorporating lots of healthy foods in our diet when we are trying to lose weight, but we forget to pay attention to what we are drinking. Things like sugary coffee beverages, alcoholic drinks, pop, and “healthy” fruit juices are packed with sugar and extra calories that can stand in the way of your weight loss goals.
- Going all in and making too many changes at once.
Weight loss is a marathon and not a sprint. There is a tendency to want to make too many changes all at once in order to meet goals sooner. This approach can be too overwhelming and unsustainable and often leads to failure. Taking the time to invest in making healthy habits a part of your nutrition foundation will pay off. Changing up your nutritional habits is a long term commitment.
If you are looking to get some help and guidance with overcoming your own roadblocks on your weight loss journey, the nutrition coaching staff is here to help you achieve these goals!