Trying to lose weight can be seriously frustrating.
I talk to women every day who feel like they’ve tried it all but nothing works.
They don’t understand why despite working out and eating right they are not getting results.
If this sounds familiar, read on because even though it seems like you’re doing everything right, there are three crucial things that could be missing from your program. They all happen to start with the letter C.
- You might not be eating enough! And typically we are missing calories from another “C” the most: carbs.
- Low calorie and low carb diets are not sustainable. Most people can only eat this way for a short period of time and end up quitting because they feel like crap and their willpower just runs out.
- Anything that is not sustainable long-term will not produce long-term results. Crash dieting for 30 days might allow you to lose 10 or even 20 pounds (much of it water) but as soon as you go back to eating and living like a normal person you will put that weight right back on.
- Eat enough calories to fuel your body and activity level with just a small deficit that produces slow, sustainable weight loss over a period of weeks and months. Also, don’t fear carbs! Your body needs good carbs like rice, sweet potato, fruit, etc. Just make good choices and don’t go crazy with sugar.
- The main factor that determines whether or not you will get results and whether or not you will keep those results is consistency. If you don’t do something consistently enough to create change, you will always stay stuck.
- One reason you may not be consistent is you’re trying to do much or make too drastic of a change. Focus on small habits you can adjust easily. Wait until you’ve successfully stuck with that so long you don’t have to think about it then (and only then) add another new habit change.
- Patience is an important factor here because many times a person changes their habits or starts a new routine and then doesn’t see results right away so they quit. You must be consistent for at least eight weeks, preferably twelve or more, before determining if your program is or is not working.
- Support and accountability are huge factors in success. Trying to do something alone just isn’t any fun.
- It is human nature to seek out a community. Running groups, CrossFit gyms, Facebook groups etc. can go a long way toward helping you stay motivated and on track.
- If you’re struggling to stay consistent or motivated, try finding like-minded people to work out with or maybe recruit a friend or spouse. You’re less likely to ditch your workout if there is a buddy counting on you.
If you feel stuck and think nothing is working, do a little personal inventory.
- Are you eating enough? Do you fear carbs?
- How is your energy level and cravings?
- How consistent have you been to your workouts and your diet?
- Are you eating well during the week then blowing the weekends?
- How’s your support system?
- Do you feel like anyone else is invested in your success or are you all alone?
Addressing any and all of these factors is a sure way to improve your results and probably make the whole process of losing weight a whole lot more enjoyable.