Many people struggle with weight loss and seek out a health coach to help them in this area. They are not seeing the results they want, or they want to embrace body positivity but still feel they could lose a few pounds. Whatever the case may be, weight loss can seem impossible for those who seek it. In my coaching practice, I take a more holistic view believing that many factors contribute to our health while weight loss can be a by-product when we work on other areas of our lives. When we take the stress off weight loss and focus our attention on other areas it becomes easier.
Here Are 4 Reasons Why Your Weight Loss Seems Impossible:
Diets Do Not Work
Diets ask us to follow a plan, cutting out certain foods, and restricting ourselves. At first, it’s easy to follow the plan and buy the foods suggested, but then we become frustrated when we don’t get the results we want. People are not one size fits all when it comes to food and diet. What works for one person might not garner the same results in another. Instead of taking away from your plate, think about what you can add. Adding in foods that have more nutritional value leaves less room for the processed food because we become full eating all the healthy food on our plate. If you want a food plan, think about following the 80/20 rule where 80% of your food is healthy and 20% is considered “junk food.” This way you won’t feel shame if your “diet” fails, you’ve already set yourself up for success.
There Is More to Weight Loss than Food and Exercise
When approaching weight loss, we tend to only think about the food on our plate and how many times we go to the gym, but there are a few other factors that contribute to weight gain and weight loss. Lack of sleep affects our hunger hormones, which causes us to overeat or participate in those late-night snack binges, while stress and anxiety have us reaching for sugary foods. When we develop habits that combat our stress and sleepless nights, it’s easier to get control of our eating habits. Meditation and breathing exercises can help with stress while setting up a bedtime routine that encourages us to get the sleep we need. Once we have control over our stress and are sleeping better, we are more mindful of the foods we eat.
This Is A Lifestyle
It is time to eliminate that quick-fix mentality and understand changing our eating patterns is a commitment. This is a journey we are on to becoming the best versions of ourselves, however that looks for each of us. Many of us give up when we don’t see the results we want fast enough.
There are no quick fixes though, changing your life and losing weight takes time. Set goals for yourself, show up every day, and keep showing up. There will be setbacks as with any journey, but don’t give up, try again, create new goals, change the foods, adjust the meal plan, do whatever you need to do until you find what works for you, and keep working at it for the rest of your life.
You Need to Build Your Belief in Yourself
One of the biggest factors in helping us stick to a lifestyle change is our belief in ourselves. You need to learn to love yourself and know deep down you can do this. All those old stories and thoughts creeping up are meant to hold you back. Think about why you are trying to lose weight. Is this for you or everybody else out there? Committing to yourself and how you want to feel makes it easier to stick to your plan. Build your self-confidence by writing down positive affirmations you read every day. This will remind you why you started in the first place and shine some love on yourself in the process.
Building a healthy lifestyle and creating new habits is never easy, but with consistency and patience, you can achieve the goals you set for yourself.
Remember to be realistic, have fun, and love yourself.
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