6 Reasons Why It s So Dang Hard To Lose Weight

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Weight loss is hard. It's even tougher when you fall victim to these hard truths.

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Why is it so hard to [ ]? It's a question many, if not most, people have asked themselves, probably on many occasions. Aside from the obvious -- food is delicious, [ ][ ] -- there are many other factors that affect [/tags/weight-loss/ weight loss] and that many people don't even know they fall victim to. Here are six that might be hindering your [ ] progress.

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You have a short-term attitude
Instead of embarking on fad diet after fad diet, take a long-term approach to weight loss.

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Everything on this list is somewhat of a hard truth, but this is often the hardest to accept (and change). If you approach weight loss with a short-term attitude, you may not make it anywhere except on the yo-yo diet train. 

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Without a long-term approach to weight loss, you may lose 10 or more pounds in two weeks and then suffer a rebound when you discover that regimen wasn't working for you. This is all too common when people embark on strict diets such as [ ][ ][ ] that promise rapid weight loss. In reality, for most people, a well-balanced diet that includes [ ] and even some treats works best in the long run. 

Part of successful, sustainable weight loss -- i.e. losing the weight and keeping it off for good -- is understanding that fad diets, excessive exercise and "detoxes" don't usually work. They only last as long as your willpower lasts, and I'm willing to bet that's not more than two weeks to a couple of months. 

There are no quick fixes, miracle cures or magic pills when it comes to weight loss, despite what the wellness industry might have you believe: Losing weight requires dedication to a plan that supports long-term healthy habits. 

The [ general recommendation for weight loss] is a rate of one to two pounds per week, although initial weight loss might surpass that for people who are very overweight, and then slow down to the suggested one to two pounds per week. Studies have shown this to be an [ effective way] to lose weight without [ losing too much water or lean tissue] -- and to [ avoid a rebound]. 
You have an all-or-nothing mindset
Overcoming an all-or-nothing mindset promotes long-term weight loss.

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Many people who struggle with a short-term attitude also struggle with an all-or-nothing mindset. I myself began my health and [/tags/fitness/ fitness] journey with this mindset. I cut out all (literally all!) [ ]: no [ ][ ][ ]. I basically existed on chicken, vegetables and [ ][ ] to be in, but it's something I see all the time as a personal trainer. An all-or-nothing mindset can keep you in a perpetual cycle of lose-gain-lose, not to mention [ ]. 

This all-or-nothing concept applies to fitness, dietproductions.pageride.com too: If you've been [ ] left and right but don't feel fitter or stronger, you [ ]. Toning it down could -- counterintuitively -- be the answer to [ ] (and playing the long game). 
You lack a support system
A supportive community, IRL or online, can keep you motivated to lose weight and stay fit.

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Supportive friends, family members and significant others are critical to successful weight loss. If I was asked to cite the most common reason for not sticking to a healthy diet from my past personal training clients, I would say stigma. 

That's right. As silly as it sounds, people really do get made fun of for eating healthy, especially in regions where food is an integral part of the culture. Growing up in southern Louisiana near New Orleans, I experienced this very often when I decided I was making changes to my diet.

At family gatherings and social outings, I'd get comments like, "That's all you're eating?" or, "You're really not going to eat any dessert?" or, laden with sarcasm, "Next time we'll have a salad potluck."

It's not fun to be ridiculed or scoffed at, especially for things you care about (like your health!), so it can be very easy to fall into a trap of eating -- and [ ][ lex and Flow on Instagram], [ Health At Every Size] and the [ Intuitive Eating Community]. Reddit also has a great forum ([ /r/loseit]) where you'll find lots of real-life stories about weight loss. 
You think exercise conquers all
Exercise is important for an overall healthy lifestyle, but it's hard to lose weight from exercise alone.

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If you're at all attuned to the wellness industry, you'll know this saying: "[ ]." Even if your goals don't include a shredded stomach, the adage is still relevant. You just can't out-exercise a poor diet. 

Exercise should definitely be part of your overall approach to weight loss because it's [ proven to aid weight loss] (not to mention its long list of [ ]), but it's difficult to lose weight from exercise alone. Many people overestimate the number of calories they can burn from their workouts -- it's probably a lot less than you think. 

For example, a 154-pound man will [ burn less than 450 calories] during an intense, hour-long weight lifting workout. You can easily cancel that effort out if you don't pay any attention to your diet. The exact number of calories you burn during exercise depends on many factors, including your current weight, the intensity of the activity, the length of the workout, your age and your [ ].

Plus, focusing on only exercise can lead to a destructive cycle of exercising extra to burn off calories you feel you shouldn't have eaten. Or you may end up feeling like you need to "earn" your calories through exercise. Either way, taking this approach can lead to a strained relationship with food and exercise, as well as stalled weight loss. 

There are exceptions to all rules. Some people, such as those who have spent years putting on [ ][ ], you'll experience sustained weight loss and weight maintenance once you reach your goal weight.
Your sleep, stress and workload are working against you
Chronic stress and sleep deprivation can hinder weight loss progress.

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Losing weight will be a helluva lot harder if you're [ ], [ ][ ][ ] and ready to seize the day. You have plans for a post-work [ ] and your healthy, prepped dinner is waiting in the fridge for you.A few hours into the day, your lack of sleep catches up with you. You reach for the afternoon [ ][ ] that can lead to weight loss. While important, too strong of a focus on nutrition and exercise can cause you to overlook other factors that are just as important: [ ][ ]. 
You use supplements instead of eating a healthy diet
Supplements don't work unless you do.

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that fat burner [ ][ help you feel fuller] throughout the day, which may help keep cravings at bay. Increased protein intake can also [ help you build muscle], which aids in [ ]. 

Certain weight-loss supplements do have [ some evidence backing them], but no supplements are proven like the method that no one wants to take: [ ]. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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