Are you trying to lose weight? Have you tried all the diets? Tried Atkins? Tried South Beach? Tried Weight Watchers? Tried Slim Fast? Even more? Are you frustrated and tired of being fat, of trying ‘everything’ and nothing working? Well, let me help. Chances are I know exactly why you have failed. No, I’m not stalking you, but I’ve seen it before. Let me give you the top 10 reasons most people fail on their diets, and what needs to be done to reverse that trend.
1. Cookie Cutter Program. You got your program from the diet book that said to eat x calories, and have a cheat or free meal on Saturdays. You have to eat 5 times per day. Two snacks and three meals. You need to eat chicken and broccoli and oatmeal, no exceptions. Well, what if that doesn’t work for you because of your schedule? What is the recommended calories isn’t optimal for you? What if you don’t like those foods? You’ll fail plain and simple. People cannot stick to a program that isn’t customized to them and tailored to their needs. You need to have a plan that is tailored to your needs if you are going to succeed.
2. Not Enough Patience. You see the people on the television show The Biggest Loser losing 10lbs a week and you want to as well. Guess what? In the ‘real world’ that isn’t going to happen. Are you planning on exercising 6 hours per day and starving yourself on 1400 calories? Losing substantial muscle as well? I don’t recommend it, and chances are you will burn out in the first couple weeks. Understand that it takes time to lose weight. You didn’t put it on in a week. It won’t come off in a week.
3. Your Plan Sucks. You made up your own plan and you are eating celery and an oz. of chicken every 3 days. Then you go to the gym and ‘feel the burn’ on the elliptical. I’m sure your intentions are great, but a program like that just plain stinks. If you are on too few calories you won’t be able to stick with the program, and when you transition to ‘normal calorie’ levels you’ll gain your weight back. Get a normal program that is sustainable and healthy.
4. No Support. This is one of the biggest ones. If you are a recovering alcoholic and are surrounded by alcohol all the time, and your friends drink and want you to go out with them, then how successful do you think you will be? It will be extremely hard to stay on the wagon. If you live with somebody that enables you or that doesn’t understand your goals and continues to stock the pantry and the fridge with junk, with food that is your weakness, then you are going to fail. If your spouse doesn’t support you and allow you the time you need to work out, then you are going to fail. Explain to your loved ones what you are trying to do and why. If they do truly love you they will support you in your quest to change your life for the better.
5. You Didn’t Properly Plan. You didn’t have anything concrete in place, you were just going to eat a few less calories and try to get to the gym a few times a week. That’s like building a house and saying “Oh, I’ll just run to the lumber store and get a few 2×4’s and see what I can come up with”. It’s not going to work. You MUST have a concrete plan to lose weight. You MUST know what it takes to get from point A to point B. This goes with number 3. Make sure you have a plan in place.
6. It Isn’t A Priority. Sure you want to lose weight. Ya, you want to look better, but you want to pig out when your friends come over Friday night. You want to continue to eat the donuts every morning when your coworkers bring them in. You want to be able to just wing it whenever you eat. You want to drink your 5 cans of soda every day. Bottom line, you want to lose weight, but bad enough. You try and tell yourself you do, but if you aren’t willing to give those things up, then the truth is you DON’T want it bad enough. Nobody can make you want it. It has to come from within. How do you get that? Well, I wish I knew, it would make my job a lot easier.
7. You Don’t Track Jack Squat. This one boggles my mind beyond belief. Do you know how many calories you are taking in each day? Are you tracking it in a notebook or on your phone? Do you know how much you are losing each week? Do you know how much your waist went down last week? What about how much weight you lifted last week on the bench press? Do you know how many reps you did? With what weight, and your exertion level? If you aren’t keeping track, YOU WILL FAIL. It is absolutely imperative if you want to lose weight, if you want to transform your body to keep track of your progress both in the kitchen and in the gym. ESSENTIAL.
8. You Burn Out. This usually happens when somebody is extra gung ho, so they decide to go to the gym twice in a day or they are always reading up on fitness and diet stuff. It isn’t necessarily bad to go to the gym twice a day or to read and study on nutrition and exercise, but when you are letting it take over part of your life, it can be easy to burn out. Bodybuilding, Diet, Nutrition, Exercise, etc. should enhance your life not take it over. Have balance. Easier said than done, I know. But if you can’t have balance you will burn out.
9. No Goals. Well, you have a goal. Your goal is ‘To Lose Weight’. Let me tell ya, that isn’t good enough. First the goal itself sucks, lose weight? So you are okay with losing muscle? A better goal would be: “I want to lose 5lbs of fat, and gain 1lb of muscle by the end of next month.” I recommend short term goals, which can be as short as: “Today I will be 100% on my diet and workout program”, or “This month I will not miss a single workout.” Then have an intermediate goal. Say, 5 months down the road. Finally establish a long term goal, maybe at a year or something. Give yourself little prices or awards for achieving your goal. Yes, this is a basic principle that you have probably heard or are familiar with, but it works plain and simple. Know what one of my goals was? My goal was to go from overweight, with little to know muscle to compete in a bodybuilding contest. I did it, and it felt amazing, and I looked amazing. Reaching that goal was unlike anything I can describe. Set a goal and go for it.
10. You Don’t Want It Bad Enough. Most people can lose weight and look better with relatively average willpower and commitment. However if you want to take it to the next level, if you want to push yourself to a place you have never been before, if you want to be mentally and physically stronger, you will have to get outside of your comfort zone and reach for that power and strength that we all have. I have it, but I didn’t know I did. You have it, but you may not have known you do. We all have it. It is a matter of discovering it and putting it to use. Dig deep, and find that discipline you need to get up early. To sacrifice where others won’t. If I can do it, you can do it.
So, tell me, now that you know the reason that you have been failing, what are you going to do about it? Do not under any circumstance say to yourself: “I’ll work on it tomorrow” or something to that effect. You Won’t. You Know it. I know it. Make the commitment today that you will change whatever has caused you to fail. If you need help with it, contact me. You can do it. I know you can.