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November 1, 2019
Top 7 Reasons it's Harder to Lose Weight on Your Own

Losing weight is not impossible. Millions of people have done it. But it’s no walk in the park either.

Especially if you have no prior knowledge of fitness and health. Whether it’s your first time trying to lose weight or you’ve lost count and still feel discouraged, there’s a good and justifiable reason for those anxious feelings.

If you have ever wondered if these doubts are normal, never fear. Many people experience this and have found losing weight on their own with limited resources a hurdle. Here are five reasons why losing weight on your own can feel so challenging.

1. Your support system is limited

When you want to lose weight, you may turn to your support system for guidance. This includes friends, family, and even co-workers. However, the problem here is that many of them may not be on the same weight loss and fitness journey as you, making it difficult for them to sympathize or even understand. They may urge you to break away from your diet and exercise routine, unaware of how important this process is to you.

2. What you read on the internet is not always accurate

When you want to learn something new, odds are you’re like everyone else and turn to the internet for help and read up on all the free information at your disposal. There’s just one problem with this. That special diet that worked so well for one person online may not work well for you.

Also, the information you read up online isn’t always accurate.

You may be putting the work in when it comes to your diet, but if the plan is not tailored to you, it may do more harm than good.

3. It’s easy to feel unmotivated

When you’re starting at square one, feeling intimidated and overwhelmed is normal. But sometimes, it consumes you, and you don’t even know where to begin. You could have a million thoughts racing through your head.

What to I eat?

What time should I eat?

What kind of exercises should I be doing?

This has the potential to discourage you and cause you to derail from your plan.

4. You can lose track of your goals when doing this alone

Losing sight of your goals is another reason people fail when trying to lose weight without any help from a professional trainer or food specialist. Setting SMART goals is the key to attaining success. This means your goals must be: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

A specialist can help you define your goals and teach you how to take moderate but achievable steps towards the bigger picture.

5. Self control can be an issue

While some people can keep themselves accountable, this may prove to be difficult with something with little self-control. They can make up excuses easily, and not even realize that those bad decisions can lead to weight gain.

Combating your doubts

Even though it’s completely normal to feel initially discouraged when trying to modify your diet and lifestyle, this is not to say that there isn’t a solution. You don’t have to do this alone.

Many people, nearly 80%, try to lose weight on their own. Unfortunately, because of these factors, they may not be successful without the necessary help they need to kickstart their weight loss. Solutions can include:

  • A lifestyle diet plan created by a nutritionist or dietician
  • A personalized weightloss plan or exercise routine

Conclusion

If you are fed up with not seeing results when dieting, it may be caused by some of these factors. Losing weight and shifting your lifestyle can be incredibly challenging if you don’t have the right tools or the right person or team in your corner.

Written by DR. MARK DEDOMENICO

 
 

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