Everyday pressures like jobs and family seem to take up all of your time, and it is common to use these as an excuse to avoid making positive changes in your life. However, if you are really serious about losing weight and improving your health, you are eventually going to have to take the plunge.
It is important to remember too, that it’s not as simple as just dieting for a while, then going back to your old ways. It has to be a wholesale lifestyle change.
Common barriers that prevent positive change
When it comes to making the changes necessary to lose weight and keep it off, we are often our own worst enemy. The first step toward overcoming this problem is to think about what is holding you back.
One of the most common barriers to weight loss is the psychological limitation we place on ourselves, whether or not we do so consciously. Many people share the misconception that, just because their parents or other family members are overweight, they are doomed to be fat as well. While genetics do have some bearing on obesity, having a family history of being overweight does not mean you will be fat. But this belief can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as those who think they have no choice but to be fat are unlikely to do anything to avoid it.
Another obstacle to making healthy lifestyle changes comes from the supersize society in which we live. Although none of us really want to be overweight, our culture places a huge emphasis on food, and we are encouraged to eat as much as possible. Restaurants offer all-you-can-eat menus, and food portions are out of control and mean really out of control.
We are bombarded with advertisements for calorie-laden treats, and even school lunch programmes cater to fast-food tastes, rather than nutritional content. And lets not forget about those sugars. With all of these negative influences, it can be tremendously difficult to focus on eating only what we need, instead of eating for self-gratification.
Fear of change
Fear of change is one of the biggest deterrents to adapting a healthy lifestyle. It is normal to wonder whether change will be too difficult, whether you will be able to stick with it, whether you will miss the habits that you found comforting, and whether you will have support from friends and family.
You may be concerned that no matter what you try, you will not be able to achieve your weight loss goals. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to overcome your fear and set out on the road to better health.
Breaking down the barriers to success
Even if you have already tried and failed to lose weight, you can get back on track and succeed. Take some time to consider what went wrong for you: did your healthy diet go out the window because you felt hungry, or you missed your favorite foods? Did you start an exercise program that fizzled because you got bored to quickly? Once you have figured out why you did not succeed, make the necessary changes.
Making lifestyle changes for weight loss is a very slow transition, so dont rush it, take little baby steps.