Losing weight is HARD work. I won’t deny it. I won’t pretend it’s as easy as eating one salad.
With that being said, there are many reasons that 95% of women who are on a journey to become healthier struggle to lose weight.
Check out the top 3 reasons that most women struggle to lose weight:
Consistency and patience are KEY!
When it comes to weight loss, consistency has two meanings.
First, let’s talk about consistency in regards to eating nutritious foods (protein, lots of veggies, smart carbs, and healthy fats). It is 1000000% possible to lose weight while still eating chocolate and drinking wine.
My current clients have lost over 220 pounds while still enjoying their favorite foods and drinking wine.
The KEY is to enjoy those indulgences seldomly. Maybe that means once a week, maybe twice a week, or maybe once every two weeks! It’s really different for every woman, and comes down to your bodies’ metabolism and physical properties.
Second, consistency means waiting a few WEEKS and sometimes MONTHS to see results. Often times, women start to eat very nutritiously and expect to see results THAT WEEK. It takes the body time to adapt to being in a calorie deficit, so you have to give yourself time to see results. Again, how long varies from woman to woman. Be patient, be consistent, and the results will come!
2. Getting back on track is CRUCIAL to success!
When it comes to losing weight, there WILL be events where you’ll eat non-nutritious foods, and that’s OKAY!!! For example, let’s look at family pizza parties. Do you really expect to bring your own nutritious foods, or never enjoy the pizza? Of course not! Just because you eat non-nutritious foods (especially when it’s out of your control) does NOT mean you can’t lose weight.
What’s MOST important is to getting right back on track after you eat non-nutritious foods. One of my personal mottos is “never miss a healthy meal twice in a row.” When I eat foods I love that aren’t the most nutritious (for example, I ate tacos, rice, and beans for dinner last night), I make SURE that my next meal (and the ones that follow that) consists of lean protein and loads of veggies.
Many women fail to lose weight because they allow one not-so-nutritious meals turn into a not-so-nutritious day, week, etc.
3. Mindful eating is EXTREMELY important and often overlooked.
What does eating mindfully mean? Eating mindfully means only eat when you feel hungry, eating slowly, and paying attention to your fullness levels after each bite.
Are YOU an emotional or stress eater? SO many women use food as a way to escape emotions or stress.
At the end of the day, food rarely helps the root cause of the emotions or stress.
If you struggle from emotional or stress eating, keep telling yourself that your struggles are NOT related to food... Meaning that eating food won’t help the cause of your stress or emotions (unless it’s true hunger). Honor and FEEL your feelings, but don’t use food as a way to try to escape them.
Eating mindfully also means paying attention to how slowly you eat, and how you feel WHILE eating. Ideally, you want to STOP eating as soon as you feel satisfied and before you feel stuffed.
Losing weight while enjoying your favorite foods and drinks is 100000% possible. I’ve helped my current clients lose 225 POUNDS while enjoying their favorite foods AND while feeling satisfied (no 800 calorie/day crash diets needed!)
Have you struggled from any of these 3 weight loss roadblocks before? Are you struggling to lose weight because of another roadblock? Share with me in the comments below!