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Why Can't I Lose Weight? 3 Common Diet Sabotage Traps

Mar 14, 2008
Diet Sabotage - it's far too common these days. If you find yourself asking - Why can't I lose weight? - chances are you may be suffering from one of these common diet sabotage traps:

1) Embarrassment - Admitting that you're trying to lose weight is an embarrassing thing for many people. They feel too ashamed to go to the gym or walk into a well-known weight loss clinics.

In our society, it seems like being heavy is a cardinal sin. If you're not stick thin, there's something wrong with you. Ridiculous. People who are overweight are not lazy nor do they lack self control - however the odds are stacked against them. Huge portion sizes, high stress lives, jobs where you sit for hours, and food advertising shoved in your face 24-7. It's a wonder everyone isn't overweight.

Being overweight is nothing to be ashamed over. However if you are embarrassed to lose weight in front of others, don't let that stop you from slimming down. Lots of people lose weight without joining a gym or seeing a weight loss counsellor. Many people do it in the comfort of their own homes. They either start a diet plan quietly on their own or order from a diet meal delivery service. Some even buy their own fitness equipment and work out behind closed doors.

Remember, there's nothing to be embarrassed about when you're losing weight. You should be commended for trying to change for the better. But if you do feel more comfortable keeping it under wraps, you should. You have lots of options that let you lose weight in the comfort of your own home. Just don't allow embarrassment to be a diet sabotage and stop you from reaching your goal.

2) Lack of Time - One of the best things I ever heard a nutritionist say is that losing weight takes extra time and energy. Seems simple, yet no one does it. Lack of time is probably the number one diet sabotage for most people. In order to lose weight, you should be prepared to set aside some of your time and energy (especially at the beginning) to focus on this goal.

Any life change requires extra energy and time. When we're making other life changes like moving or having a baby, we expect this and we cut back accordingly on other things to make room for this change to our lives.

However most people don't apply this to dieting. They think they should be able to lose weight on the side as they go about their busy lives. Then they beat themselves up when they don't get the results they want.

If you're serious about losing weight, be prepared to set aside some time and energy for this task - whether that's cancelling an appointment so you can exercise, or getting up a bit earlier so you can prepare a day of healthy meals. Whatever it is, you can reap amazing results when you set aside extra time and energy to achieve the body you want.

3) Wishing Vs Planning - This is a huge diet sabotager that no one talks about. Most of us who want to lose weight have spent a lot of time wishing we were thinner. We go about the day hoping that extra piece of cake won't show up on our hips or that the salad we ate for lunch will magically help us lose 5 pounds by Saturday.

While there's nothing wrong with wishing, there is a big difference in wishing vs planning. Wishing means you just hope you lose weight - you might even make some half-hearted efforts to cut back on portions or eat a salad or two.

Planning means you make a commitment. You decide that you're going to make a change in your eating habits in order to achieve your goal - no 'ifs', 'ands', or 'buts'. Committing to lose weight means taking action. Wishing means you do nothing but still hope it will happen 'someday'.

Losing weight is not rocket science and most people of average health can do it. However, like any goal, you have to commit to it and work every day to achieve it. This is one of the biggest obstacles to losing weight.

Most people don't realize that there's a difference between wishing and planning or committing. If you're truly committed you will take the necessary steps day by day to achieve your goal. You may not lose weight overnight but you will lose weight over the long term. And in the process, you will have built up valuable skills that you'll need to keep you slim once you do achieve your goal.

So there they are - the 3 most common diet sabotagers. Ask yourself if any of these obstacles are hindering you from losing weight. If they are, address them and move on. You can lose weight when you decide that nothing is going to stop you from living your dreams.
About the Author
Vienna Miller writes for Diet Delivery reviews - a site offering in-depth reviews of Delivery Diet services. For more information including which services offer free meals & deliver to your area, visit the Diet Delivery Service page.
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