1. Setting unrealistic goals
Have a clear vision of what your weight loss goals are, but many people give up on their weight loss goals because they expect results that take time and patience. You must set realistic and short-term goals.
2. Eating emotionallyf
If you're an emotional eater, dealing with the underlying emotions that fuel compulsive eating is essential. Observing your thoughts and emotions, instead of mistaking yourself for them, allows you to break the habitual cycle of emotional eating and make rational choices.
3. Hating yourself
You can't heal a body you hate. Unconscious assumptions about yourself, that you are not worthy of love or good things, is a lie.
4. Failing to nourish your body
Shift your perspective on food. Instead of looking at how you can withhold your body from food as punishment for weight gain, start to ask yourself how you can heal your body with delicious, nourishing food as medicine. By chronically restricting food, you tell your body that it's in starvation survival mode.
5. Searching endlessly for quick fixes
Many people are seen with weight loss products and fad diet books that promise "4 minute abs" or "1 pill a day to melt the fat away." The minute you stop these unsustainable programs you gain all your weight back and then some.
There are no quick fixes or magic pills in the world.
6. Making weight loss the ultimate goal
Losing weight is not equivalent with getting healthy. Cancer and arsenic will make you lose weight, but you won't be healthier. I consult many skinny people with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. You have to stop seeing weight gain as a cause and start seeing it as a symptom of something else going on in the body and the mind. You have to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy. Sustainable weight loss will be a natural byproduct of regaining health. If you get healthy, you will look great on accident.
7. Underlying physiological issues
Many times people have done everything right and still can't lose weight. That's where functional medicine steps in. Underlying hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, gut conditions, thyroid dysfunctions or toxicity issues can prevent the most dedicated person from ever losing weight.
When you are struggling with these issues you could look at food and gain weight. This is not your fault. Clinically investigating these underlying causes of stubborn weight loss resistance gives people answers to their years of struggle. When you finally find out these root issues they can then be addressed.