Although the resolution to lose weight may be made with confidence that this is the year we will finally succeed at weight loss, many will not reach their goal of losing weight. Let me list the three main reasons why you will fail at losing weight this year.
Another year has come and gone and many of us will make the usual New Year's resolution to lose weight this year (again).
Although the resolution to lose weight may be made with confidence that this is the year we will finally succeed at weight loss, many will not reach their goal of losing weight. Let me list the three main reasons why people will fail at losing weight this year.
1. No Commitment. Unless you make a conscious commitment to change the eating habits that caused your weight gain, you will fail at losing weight. Common sense will tell you that you can't keep eating the way you eat in the portions that you eat and still expect to lose weight. That type of eating is what caused your weight gain in the first place! There is no "magic pill" for successful weight loss, you need to work at it. You need to make a conscious decision to change your eating habits.
2. Bad Choices. You don't need another "new" and "improved" diet or weight loss plan to lose weight. You already know what you need to do to take the weight off -- eat more vegetables and fruits, cut out the "white" stuff, cut out the fat, the sweets, eat moderate portions. You don't need anyone to tell you how to make good choices for weight loss. The question is do you choose to eat the foods you know will help you lose weight or do you continue to make the "bad" choices that put on the weight. No one is holding a gun to your head and making you eat that jelly doughnut or chocolate chip cookie. You are free to choose what goes into your mouth. Bad choices will add weight, good choices will help you lose weight. And it doesn't have to be a drastic change in your eating habits. Even a small change such as eating smaller portions or cutting out the late night snacking will make a difference in your weight.
3. Not Moving. You can't expect to eat and lose weight without moving your body and burning those calories off in the form of exercise or movement. You've taken in calories as energy for your body and those calories need to be burned off, otherwise they will be sitting on your stomach, your hips, your thighs, and everywhere else fat deposits on your body. Again, you don't have to make a drastic change in your exercise habits. Take a small step at a time. Take a walk around the block after dinner instead of sitting in front of the TV. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Take your kids to the park and play a game of tag. Just adding one extra movement or exercise to your routine is better than no movement at all.
So, if you have no firm commitment to lose weight and don't want to make the lifestyle choices and changes that will help you lose weight, don't even attempt to lose weight this year. You will fail. Make a commitment and make those small lifestyle changes and this may be the year you will finally lose weight. Good luck!