5 Mental Barriers That May Be Blocking You From Losing Weight

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Eat fewer calories than you burn. Sounds simple enough, right? Then why is it so hard to lose weight?

If you have tried and tried but still find yourself searching for the perfect diet, it might be time to figure out just what is standing between you and your best weight.

As a Coach, I can tell you that my clients who struggle do so for a multitude of different reasons, all of which are real and valid, and all of which we can push through with hard work. You don’t need to stay stuck.

Whether your weight loss barriers are physical or mental, you can overcome them and find your way to a healthier you.

Where to start?

Honestly, it’s all in your head. You cannot and will not lose the weight until you are in the right frame of mind to do it. When we talk about “willpower” and “focus,” we’re talking about your mental game. The hard truth is that weight loss doesn't start in the kitchen or the gym. It starts in the mind.

What kinds of MENTAL barriers are keeping you from losing the weight? 

1 – POOR BODY IMAGE

A poor body image has been proven to keep people from fully committing to weight loss. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you are much more likely to give up before you get to your goal. So be as kind to yourself as you are to others.

2 – EMOTIONAL EATING

If you look for food to keep you going in times of trouble and stress, you are going to gain weight. And that weight will be troublesome. And that could propel you to eat more. To stop emotional eating, you’ve got to find new and better supports. Look to friends, family, or a professional. 

3 – COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Occasionally, comparisons can boost your ego or motivate you to work harder. Usually, it's a recipe for disaster. Right? Focus on you. Don’t worry about what other people are doing.

4 – MAKING YOURSELF LOW PRIORITY

Even the airline will tell you: before you can save someone else, you have to put on your own oxygen mask. You will be better able to do your job, be there for your family and friends if you put yourself first. Move yourself to the top of your priority list.

5- LACK OF BELIEF

If you don’t believe you can lose the weight, you won’t. You’ll make excuses. Basically, you won't stick with it.

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