3 Reasons Why People Struggle to Lose Weight

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a constant, long term battle. Yet despite this, many people still struggle with their weight month after month, year after year.

The frustration can become almost unbearable as you wonder just how long it’s going to take before you experience the weight loss results you want.

The other frustrating thing is that the longer you go without getting the results you want, the harder it usually gets. It’s like mental torture but stretched out over a long period.

Well it doesn’t have to be like this…

While there are many reasons why someone may be struggling to lose weight, there are certain ones that crop up again and again.

To help you avoid the frustration that many people experience, here are 3 of the most common reasons why people struggle to lose weight…

1. Trying too hard

Very often people will have a sudden burst of inspiration and say to themselves "That’s it, I’ve completely had enough of my weight, and I’m determined I’m going to lose it".

So they drastically restrict their diet, they cut out all the foods they enjoy because they believe they shouldn’t have any, and they resign themselves to the idea that it’s going to be like this for some time yet.

They also start an excessive exercise routine where they go from no exercise, to maybe 6 days of exercise per week.

These people are trying really hard…

But they are trying TOO hard!

They’ve tried to change their whole lifestyle in one shot which is really difficult to do, especially when their lifestyle and habits may have been the same for years or even decades.

They feel really restricted and can’t keep up the new lifestyle because they’re trying to do everything in one go. It feels like a big struggle rather than being enjoyable.

Also when the weight doesn’t fly off their body they feel really disappointed and this is understandable. "All this effort for results that aren’t good enough, why bother?"

That’s when they go back to their old lifestyle thinking that if they can’t lose weight with what they’ve just tried, then how are they ever going to lose weight?

While it’s great to try hard and do your best, don’t try to go from an unhealthy lifestyle to a super healthy lifestyle in one go. Usually it can’t be sustained which is why it’s much better to make small but frequent improvements instead.

2. Not trying hard enough

The person who doesn’t try hard enough is the exact opposite of the people I talked about above who try too hard to change all their lifestyle in one go.

These people say that they want to lose weight, but do they really?

They say that they hate their health, fitness, or body, and that they’d love to lose weight, but they don’t do enough about it.

They may go to the gym for a few weeks or try a few runs and then just quit straightaway because they didn’t see instant results. Plus it felt too much like hard work.

Very often they repeat this cycle weeks or months later and not surprisingly the same thing happens. They quit too early.

Or they’ll start a diet or healthy eating plan on Monday, but by Friday they’ve already finished the diet and forgotten all about it, at least until they try the same thing again a few weeks later.

The problem these people are having is that they’re lacking belief and motivation.

You need to believe that you can have a fitter, healthier, and better looking body, because if you don’t then you have no motivation to do anything.

After all, why put in any effort if you’re not going to get any decent results?

When you believe you can get great results, which I know you can by the way, then the motivation to be successful and take positive action is very powerful…

You make the effort and get things done because you know all the great benefits that await you.

3. Not being realistic

A problem that most people have when trying to lose weight is that they’re totally unrealistic about how quickly they should lose weight.

They see the claims made by things like magic diets and slimming pills, and want to believe that they can lose weight this fast.

So whatever they try, they end up quitting because it doesn’t bring about the magical results they expect.

But think about this…

If the weight took you months or years to put on, then can you really expect to lose it in weeks or a few months?

You have to pay the price of time and effort if you want to get the health, fitness, and body that you’re happy with.

It’s all about being realistic and accepting that it WILL take time to lose weight and it WILL take sustained effort.

When you accept this it becomes much less frustrating because you’re not constantly being disappointed by results that you’re not happy with due to having unrealistic expectations.

You’re also a lot more likely to be successful because you’re encouraged to do things that bring long term results…

Rather than looking for, and wasting your time with, short cuts in the hope that they’ll help you lose weight quicker.

Just to summarise…

What I’ve shown you here are 3 of the most common reasons why people struggle to lose weight, and what you can do about it to get better weight loss results.

Make sure you avoid these mistakes and you’ll suffer from much less frustration as you go through the whole weight loss process.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a long, hard, and frustrating struggle…

When you approach it in the right way losing weight can be a positive and empowering experience as you get to see the great improvements that you’re making to your life.

What about you?

Have you experienced the problems of trying too hard, not trying hard enough, or not being realistic?

Have you overcome these problems to get better weight loss results?

Feel free to add your comments below and help others by sharing your experiences.


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7 Responses to 3 Reasons Why People Struggle to Lose Weight

  1. kay Bishop says:

    This is a great article , i have been loosing weight for a while now , 2008 i started out at nearly 18stone – im very pear shaped and carry it all on the legs – after i lost 2 stone i started running ( jogging ) i completed a half marathon last year and am doing a triathalon this year . what i would say is this … i got down to 13.13 and was so happy but the last 7 pounds of that was through crash diet unlike all the healthy things i had been doing , subsequesnlty the 7 pounds returned …. i am now in a much happier place i have stopped weighing myself as much and am working out 5 days a week , i still weigh prb about 14 stone at moment but i look quite toned and am trying to focus on how i look not just the scales as i was getting obsessed . i look forward to stepping on the scales in say 4 months time and seeing results .

    • James says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the blog post Kay, and well done with what you’ve achieved so far.

      It’s good that you learned quickly from your crash diet experience and are now better for it both physically and mentally.

  2. MaRia says:

    Forget about diets also stop trying to lose weight focus more on changing your lifestyle to a more healthy living one. Make small changes by starting to eat regular meals and adding some exercise each day. But the first thing is the mental change, you need to like yourself now as you are. If your a fat unhappy person this isnt going to change if you lose weight you will be a thin unhappy person. By excepting yourself now the changes in your new healthy lifestyle will encourage you to keep going.
    Keep up the good work James !!

    • James says:

      Very true Maria, mentality is very important. Most people look outside of themselves for the next big thing that’s going to make them happy. However, when they get it they still remain unhappy.

      It’s all about changing your mindset.

  3. Tracey says:

    I have lost 17lbs through healthy eating and following James running programme, since January of this year. I set myself the target to use this year to lose 5 stone and increase my fitness levels through running. I had to be realistic that I was not going to lose that amount of weight in a few months. I haven’t always stuck to the plan because life gets in the way! However I do have the motivation to get back on track as soon as possible, which still produces results.

  4. Jacx says:

    I enjoyed this article, a little reminder to keep chugging. It can be so difficult
    When you put so much in and see very little results immediately on the scales. I have been running since the beginning of Feb this year, and my weight went down initially but has since stuck! I do however try to remind myself how much better my clothes feel and I suppose like you say years of gradual weight gain will gradually come off.
    Thank you for your supportive words..

  5. 2dash3 says:

    This post was helpful, thank you!