•Lack of knowledge. Losing weight is a science, and if you don’t understand basic principles such as the connection between muscles and metabolism and the difference between cardiovascular and strength training, your lack of knowledge can stop you from realizing your weight loss goals.
•No accountability. Did you know people who have a walking buddy or trainer are much more likely to accomplish their weight loss goals? If you aren’t currently accountable to anyone, you should be!
•No SMART goals. Studies show that people who create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive) goals are much more effective in accomplishing their objectives. If you’re not being specific about how much weight you want to lose and how you’ll actually do it, you could be setting yourself up for failure.
•Sedentary lifestyle. If you sit at a desk for eight hours a day, the lack of physical movement can stop you from losing extra weight because you become mentally and physically comfortable with sitting still all the time.
•No food journal. Overweight people often eat “mindlessly,” meaning that they’re not keeping track of all the items they’re eating throughout the day. If you’re not keeping a food journal that records each morsel that makes its way into your mouth, you are more likely to overeat.
•You’re inconsistent. People are known for starting new diets or workout plans only to quit within a few weeks or several months. To get permanent results, you have to make your healthy habits a lifestyle rather than something you do sporadically.
If you want to lose weight so you can feel proud of the way you look, you should know that doing so is entirely possible. However, if you’re guilty of any of the 12 behaviors outlined above, you may be your own weight loss enemy! To have success in your weight loss program, be sure that you’re consistent in working out, eating well, and surrounding yourself with people who are also committed to optimizing wellness. Good luck!