Common Weight Loss Pitfalls You Have To Overcome

If you are obese, you're putting your health at risk. Take control of your weight now to reduce the possibility of suffering serious complications. Having tried and failed in the past is not an excuse to give up on yourself now.

I've outlined some of the most common weight loss pitfalls you have to overcome before your situation gets out of hand:
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  • Making excuses.
    What is your excuse? "I don't have time to work out? I'm too busy working?" Get real! What you have to understand in life is that, making excuses will never solve a crisis "You either get it things done or you don't." What is making you fat? It isn't your schedule or your metabolism or your willpower. Stop making excuses.

  • Letting your weight be your payoff.
    "People Do What Works best for them." How is your weight working for you? What is your payoff for being overweight? Does the weight protect you by providing a barrier? Is the weight a form of rebellion? Do you get attention from it by playing the victim? Is your overeating a way of getting pleasure? Accept that you have chosen to be overweight because of the payoff, and have stayed overweight by having a lifestyle that contributes to it.

  • Dieting!
    Diets don't work because dieting is not a long-term solution. Most Naija people will tell you that they've been dieting for over 5 years but with little or no evidence to prove it. What you have to understand is that, If you diet to lose weight, you'll gain the weight back once you get off the diet. Remember, you behave your way to success. There are no quick fixes. Even gastric bypass surgery can only provide short-term results if your behavior and your thinking don't change.

  • Responding to Craving triggers.
    What triggers you to overeat? Is it a certain time of the day? Do you turn to food when you get upset? I want you to know this-"You can't change what you don't know." So you need to be honest about how you are using food, and change the way you respond to your triggers. Try something different today. Eat a Carrot, Cucumber, Cabbage or whatever vegetable or fruit you can reach when you crave sugar; the benefits of any vegetable you feed on will definitely outweigh the potential consequence of what a sugar laden buns or puff puff will bring upon you.

  • Listening to that internal voice.
    What is your internal voice saying? That you're a failure? A quitter? That you'll never lose weight? If so, you need to change these limiting beliefs because they are sabotaging your efforts to gain that freedom you deserve. How will you change if you don't believe you can change? How can you lose the weight this time if deep down you believe that the outcome is predestined and that you are destined to fail? You have to be stay positive and believe in what you can achieve regardless of whatever limitations you encountered in the past.  Eat Smart, Live Long...

  • Credit: Dr. Phil

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