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4 Reasons Why Your Last Attempt To Lose Weight Failed
And What You Should Have Done Instead!
Tell me if this sounds familiar…
You decide it’s time to make a change and get in shape. You start eating right and exercising regularly and are all gung-ho to see some progress. After one or two weeks you start slipping a cookie or two. After 2-3 weeks you start missing a workout here and there. After 4 weeks you’ve fallen back into eating bowls of ice cream while sitting on your couch and after 6 weeks you start thinking that it’s time to make a change and get in shape.
This “fitness cycle” is one that all too many of us are all too familiar with. But why does it happen? Why do so many of our health and fitness plans fail after such a short period of time? Today I wanted to share with you 4 of the main reasons why your last fitness plan failed and what specific actions you can take to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Keep reading for more!
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Problem #1: Lack of results: In our modern-day, high-tech world we have become creatures of immediate gratification. Fast food, high-speed Internet, 3G – 4G – LTE, etc. We want results and we want them immediately; in fact we’ve grown accustomed to getting them immediately. Unfortunately, there is no fast track to effective weight-loss. Did you know that healthy, sustainable (I chose that word very carefully) weight-loss takes place at a rate of 1–2 pounds per week? In your last attempt to lose weight, you may have dropped 2 pounds in two weeks and been frustrated with your “lack of results”. In fact – nothing could be further than the truth! You should have rejoiced that your results were exactly on track with where they should be. Think about it like this – if you lost only 1 pound per week consistently for six months then in half a year you would be 27 pounds lighter!
Solution: Don’t get frustrated with a “lack of results”; change your perception of reality instead! Celebrate when you’re 1 pound lighter after 1 week and then re-commit yourself to work at least that hard the next week.
Problem #2: Lack of commitment: In its simplest terms – it’s just easier not to live healthy. Sleeping is easier than exercising. Sitting on the couch is easier than doing a sit up. Fast food and microwave meals are easier than preparing one yourself. Combine that with all the jobs I’m sure you hold (spouse, parent, employee, coworker, friend, etc) and personal fitness tends to get left behind. Sure you may start strong with a new program, but then you miss a day… then two days… then a week… before you know it you’re back to the same old habit of eating whatever you want and wishing you could drop those [__] extra pounds.
Solution: Keep your eyes on the prize, come up with a plan, and stick to it! Find something that reminds you regularly of the reason why you started. Take a “before” picture of yourself (the most unflattering picture you can come up with that you look at and cringe every time you see it). Hang it where you workout and look at it regularly. Disdain can be a powerful motivator. Also, schedule your workouts. This is crucial! If you don’t have time reserved on your schedule to exercise then everything else will come in and take its place. But if you have 30 minutes blocked out where you know that is your workout time and nothing can take its place then everything else will be scheduled around that time instead of in its place. Pull out your calendar right now and block some time off for tomorrow or the next day. Go ahead – I’ll wait…
Problems #3 and #4 are directly related. The two biggest determinants in whether or not you will lose weight are how many calories you’re eating (diet) and how many calories you’re burning (activity/exercise):
Problem #3: Eating (too many calories being consumed): One of the main reasons your last attempt at weight loss may have failed is that your eating wasn’t quite right. As simply as I can put it – you have to eat the right things at the right times and avoid eating the wrong things at all costs. That means more vegetables, fruit, and protein, and a lot less sugar, processed foods, and artificial additives.
Solution: As this is such a huge topic, allow me to address your biggest eating problems with a few links to some of the best posts I’ve already written…
1. “I need a plan that is easy to follow and is realistic.” – Tone and Tighten’s 30-Day Healthy Menu Plan
2. “I don’t know where to start.” – 10 Tips To Help You Eat Clean
3. “Eating healthy is too expensive.” – 25 Healthy Recipes On A Budget (25 healthy recipes under $10 each)
4. “Preparing healthy meals takes too much time.” – 20 Healthy Recipes In Under 20 Minutes
5. “I don’t know what to buy.” – Clean Eating Grocery List
6. “My kids won’t eat clean.” – 25 Kid-Friendly Healthy Dinners
Problem #4: Activity (not enough calories being burned): Finally, the last reason your weight loss plans may not have worked out the way you expected is your activity was a little off. You may have been working out, but was it hard enough? Did you increase your heart rate significantly for a period of time or did you do 10 push ups and 10 sit ups and call it good for the day? In order to see any progress getting in shape and losing weight, the calories you burn have to exceed the calories you consume.
Solution: As this is another huge topic, click the links below to find the answers to some of your biggest issues with working out…
1. “I need a plan to follow for beginners.” – 8-Week Beginner’s Guide To Weight Loss
2. “I don’t know where to start.” How To Start Working Out
3. “I just don’t have the time.” – Workouts For Every Schedule Collection
4. “What exercises should I focus on.” 5 Exercises You Should Do Everyday
There you have them! Four of the most-common reasons why weight-loss plans fail and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen to you again! Try them out with your fitness routine and see what kind of differences you can make today!
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