Losing weight is easier said than done. It is easier planned than implemented. Many people make very grand plans on how they are going to lose or maintain their weight, but very few accomplished their goals. This necessitates the question; why do most people fail on weight loss programs?
1. Not starting
Starting your program should be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people make a plan and then fail even to start. Maybe losing weight was one of those new year resolutions or the thought of signing up for gym membership crossed your mind. But you did not even start. You don’t have to make an epic start. Just start by substituting that soda for water and walk instead of driving when you can.
2. Not having a plan
If you start your journey without an exercise and diet plan, do not expect much success. It is easy to lose direction if you don’t have a weight-loss plan. This is especially the case when it comes to the diet. If you don’t have a guide on what to eat, the thought of eating junk might cross your mind when thinking about what to have for lunch.
3. Not exercising enough
Some people believe that all you need to do to reduce your weight is watch what you eat. That is important but for better results you just have to exercise. Avoid making your schedule an excuse and start with light aerobics. Make exercise part of your daily routine. It will help you burn fat and increase your metabolism.
4. Having unrealistic weight loss goals
Setting a very ambitious target will only leave you frustrated if you don’t shed the pounds. Be conservative about your weight loss goals and target just one pound weekly. If you lose more, you will only be more encouraged. At one point, even losing one pound will be a tough ask. Managing your expectations, therefore, helps you succeed in your weight loss program.
5. Consuming too few calories
Just because you have to cut back on your calorie intake doesn’t mean you eat too few of them. Calories provide your body with the energy to function. Find out the recommended daily calorie allowance for your age, gender, height, and weight goals and don’t go below that.
6. Not implementing a lifestyle change
A successful weight loss program will entail a total lifestyle change. You need to change your eating habits completely and get physically active to maintain your ideal weight. Even if you succeed in reaching your weight targets, failing to make a lifestyle change will see you go back to zero. Think long-term for success when it comes to weight loss programs.
A weight loss program entails a diet and exercise plan. Many will be unable even to start their program, lack the will to continue or be disciplined and dedicated to the plan. All this leads to failure. To achieve long-term results, you need to show discipline, dedication, and sacrifice.