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Obstacles to Weight Loss and How to Recognize Them
March 29, 2017

We all want to lose a little weight and it can be harder at times due to various factors that affect our lifestyle. In this article, I will discuss the different weight loss obstacles that anyone can encounter while trying to lose weight. The purpose of this article is to make sure that we recognize ourselves as we go on a journey in transforming ourselves.


Because in the recognition of these obstacles you are giving yourself the power to overcome them and eventually reach your goal.


It isn’t always laziness that makes it difficult to lose weight sometimes a more serious condition is taking a hold of your body like hypothyroidism, diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure, and any cardiac diseases. Be sure to consult a doctor before you start any weight loss regimen or plan.

Low Self- Esteem 

It can be devastating to be overweight especially when self-esteem is the issue. A person who suffers from low self-esteem will find it difficult to make changes in the long run. There is a bit of a comfort to stay as you are in your current situation and challenging oneself to be better sometimes becomes too difficult.

No solid plan

If you don’t have a plan then you plan to fail.

Make sure that before you start anything you’ve planned it out to the end. Whatever changes you plan to make you have to record your achievements and progress so you will stay motivated. Planning should include everything aside from your diet; it should include your workout sessions, your habits and even your attitude towards the weight loss routine.

Easily Tempted

It’s easy to fall victim to cravings, laziness, and procrastination. It’s easy to put off things that you can do today and it’s easy to make an excuse not to do the right thing for yourself. After all, you’ve been overweight for so long you feel comfortable in your own skin.

Once you decide to shed the pounds, you have to stick to what you’ve planned. Keep your eyes on the prize and stay focused on your goals and by not letting your old ways creep up to you.

You Just Hate Healthy Food

Let’s face it some really hate healthy foods. So how can you lose weight if that’s the case?

Healthy foods don’t have to be tasteless.

If you are serious about losing weight then you really need to consider eating healthily. Learn about organic foods which you can cook without sacrificing the taste. It doesn’t take much for you to know which ones are as good but not as dangerous to your health.

You Lack Discipline

If your goal to lose weight is only as good as a plan without execution then you really are doomed to fail. Deciding to lose weight takes courage to work out your plan and to see through it regardless. Ever wonder why there are a lot of people in the gym during the first few days from enrolment but slowly dwindle away as time goes by? Well, that’s cause these people don’t have the discipline to stick with their plans. And you can’t be that way forever.

If you want to make changes in your life you have to motivate yourself to eat healthily, exercise regularly and not fall into temptation.

You Don’t have Time 

If you have time to munch on some goodies that are bad for you, watch television all day, chat with friends on facebook, or stare blankly into space then you definitely have time to lose weight and live healthily.

Finding time is just a matter of prioritization. What is your priority? What’s more important to you?

You have to make time for what’s essential otherwise you will be stuck with the hopes of losing weight nut never doing something about it.

You can’t count calories

You don’t have to.

The simplest trick is to do portion eating or eating small frequent meals and learning which types of food to avoid. Categorize your food according to content. Eat less of salty and greasy foods even dairy ones and eat more of leafy vegetables, fruits, and fish.

You don’t have to know how much calories are in a can of soup, you know that it contains too much salt, fats, and preservatives, therefore, it’s bad for you.

Dieting and Exercise are not rocket science. You just have to know which ones are bad and which ones are good. Your attitude towards this life-changing decision is what will determine it all. If you know that eating right will keep you healthy and lessen your hospital bills then you need to do it.

It is indeed challenging to lose weight but it is always worth it. Do not stress over things like how much calories you need to eat in a day, what is your ideal body weight, or how much does it cost to go to the gym. You will only cloud your judgment and eventually will not do it because you are focused on the hardships of losing weight.

Instead, focus your attention on the bigger picture – what do you want to achieve, how long will it take you to achieve it and how much do you need to do each day, each week, and each month to achieve your goals. Focus on your progress and be excited. You can motivate yourself by keeping in mind that you are doing this not for anyone else’s but for yourself.





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    1. Discipline and determination are needed for one to achieve the desire to lose weight. What you mentioned are the common reason or alibi’s of people who do not want to change; they don’t realize that losing weight is good for one’s health, not only to make one have a beautiful body.

    2. My only obstacle to weight loss is I don’t try. As long as I wake up each day and can manage without pain or fatigue I accept my current weight and keep going. Although losing 10 or 20 pounds would probably be good for me. 🙂


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