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How To Overcome Common Weight Loss Barriers

Let’s face it: losing weight is hard. If losing weight wasn’t difficult, fewer people would have it on their New Year’s resolutions. If losing weight was easy, doctors wouldn’t have a problem with getting people to comply with weight loss regimens.


Even though weight loss isn’t easy, there are specific factors that make weight loss more difficult for some individuals than others. So what are these factors, and how can one overcome challenges for weight loss?


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Common Barriers to Weight Loss


“All-or-Nothing” Mindset


One reason a lot of people fail to lose weight after deciding to set a weight loss goal is because they have an “all or nothing” mindset when it comes to losing weight. You might think “I succumbed to temptation and had a burger with fries, I’ve already ruined my diet, might as well give the whole thing up.” If you’ve had thoughts like these, you’re not alone. The idea crops up in sobriety circles as well.


To overcome this mindset, it’s important to be more compassionate with yourself. Understand that sometimes, you will fall off the wagon, but you don’t have to remain off the wagon. All you have to do is get right back on the next day (or even the next meal). Just don’t skip your next meal as “punishment”; this behavior can lead to eating disorders later on.


Social Pressure


Sometimes, especially during office lunches or social gatherings, it’s almost impossible to avoid eating lots of delicious foods full of carbs and fat. Everyone else is eating it, after all!


To overcome this obstacle, you’ve got a few choices. The first one is to simply not attend events where you know there’s going to be a great degree of temptation. However, this isn’t always possible. Another option is to be willing to explain to people what you’re doing and why you’re avoiding certain foods.


Some events that only happen once in a while can be used as an excuse to have a “cheat day”. This can be convenient, but it can be dangerous as well!


Stress Eating


Eating excess amounts of delicious calories is a very common emotional regulation mechanism. When faced with a stressful situation, your mind and body want to relieve some of the stress. Eating can be a way for you to relieve stress, however this is dangerous!


The way to overcome this obstacle is to make sure to add more healthy coping mechanisms. Meditation, exercise, and socializing (either over a healthy meal or without food) are much better than simply turning to a burger.


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