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Why Is Weight Loss So Hard

Updated: Oct 31, 2023




Weight loss is a journey, we have all heard this many times over but very few of us listen to this


We believe weight loss is a destination, to lose 1, 2, 10 stone… and when we reach that point, we will be happy...


So, by putting an end goal on to this, why is losing weight so hard!


Google is littered with weight loss plans and workouts plans to help us


Some promising ‘rapid weight loss results’ and other wild claims


You only have to Google ‘How to Lose Weight’ to see millions of search results


Which is why we have decided to put together this blog post


And answer the question we all want to know


Why Is Weight Loss So Hard


Let us look at why weight loss is so hard and the elements that make this a tough journey


Weight Loss And Stress


In an age of instant gratification, the weight loss journey is uniquely challenging


We're hardwired to expect swift results, whether it's from two-day shipping or binge-watching entire seasons of a show overnight


I think the term ‘credit card nation’ was created in early 2000’s where people expected instant results


And this transferred across to weight loss and changing your body shape


The months or years or gaining weight was overlooked and we expected to undo those results within weeks


The Pressure We Put on Ourselves


The very act of deciding to lose weight often comes from a place of self-criticism


Feelings of inadequacy, guilt over past indulgences, or dissatisfaction with one's reflection can serve as catalysts for this journey


But they also add an emotional weight, making each step feel heavier than it should


Weight loss is often linked to self-worth


Every missed milestone or minor setback becomes a testament to one's perceived inadequacy


This link between weight and worth intensifies stress, making the journey a constant emotional roller-coaster


If the scales don’t move for a week or two

Or the workouts don’t get easier


Then we instantly think negatively


We ignore the fact we are;


Eating Healthier

Exercising More

Sleeping Better


Instead, we focus on the negatives and not on the overall picture (remember we tell ourselves it’s a journey…)


Social Media and Perceived Societal Standards


The society we live in worships the "ideal" body, a standard that shifts like quicksand


Every era, decade, and year brings a new ideal, bombarding individual with images of perfection


Falling short of these ever-changing standards adds a layer of stress that's external but deeply felt


With social media now and its incredible ‘ability’ to mask real photos with fake filters, expert lightening, and photo angles


We are led to believe that the ‘perfect’ body has a look that may not represent our true image


Quick thought for you: ‘Fitness Influencers’ you see in shape all year round tend to live in a calorie deficit or close to this all year, it is the only way they can maintain their physique (not to mention potential steroid use too)


But the true influencers, competition-based competitors don’t


And the reason is because this level of ‘leanness’ isn’t sustainable or healthy long term


This is not to say you need to ‘get fat’ and put weight on above what is a healthy weight


But the stress you but on your body and hormones by living a certain lifestyle isn’t beneficial and another reason why you can admire they look they have created, but shouldn’t wish for it all year round


Weight Loss And Pressure from Friends and Family


Starting a weight loss journey is a personal decision, but it's rarely experienced in isolation


Friends, family, colleagues - everyone seems to have an opinion, a piece of advice, or, unfortunately, a judgment


If you are someone who has tried to lose weight in the past and been unsuccessful, then this too can lead to unwanted comments and attention as ‘Your Name is on another diet again…’


Unwanted Comments


Whether it's a passing comment about how "that piece of cake won't help your diet" or a well-meaning but misplaced "You look just fine as you are!", words have weight


These comments, while often stemming from concern or ignorance, can derail one's motivation and self-esteem


Weight Loss Isn't Just a Physical Transformation


It's a deeply emotional and mental one


When one's inner struggles are met with external criticism or scepticism, it magnifies the challenge


Missed targets and slip ups can often cause more stress and in some cases leads to people either wiping that day or the rest of the week off and ‘starting again Monday’


The Spotlight Effect


Knowing that family and friends are aware of one's weight loss journey can feel like being under a spotlight


Every choice — to eat dessert, skip a workout, or have a cheat day — feels magnified


This persistent awareness creates a pressure cooker of emotions


The fear of disappointing loved ones, or being the subject of their discussions, adds a layer of complexity to the already challenging journey


Weight Loss And Social Obligations and Fear of Missing Out


Eating out is a huge part of some people’s social circles


And for this some people choose to skip or miss these days adding more stress to their weight loss journey


Food Choices When Eating Out


Every social invitation can feel like a test of willpower


Birthday parties with their tempting cakes, dinner outings with rich cuisines, or even simple gatherings with snacks can pose challenges


Opting out isn't always a viable solution either


Declining invites to stay on track can lead to feelings of isolation or missing out on cherished moments


Balancing Social Expectations


Being on a diet often places one in the limelight


Friends might coax with a "One bite won't hurt!" or question diet choices


Resisting these pressures while maintaining social grace is a delicate balancing act


There's also the internal struggle: the guilt of indulgence versus the fear of social exclusion


It's a tug of war that can leave one emotionally drained


Weight Loss And The ‘All or Nothing’ Approach


Diving headfirst into a new challenge is commendable


However, when it comes to weight loss, an all-or-nothing approach can do more harm than good


Too Much Too Soon


The initial surge of motivation often leads to drastic measures: cutting out all sugars, working out for hours daily, or adopting highly restrictive diets


While this might show results initially, it's unsustainable in the long run


Such extreme measures can lead to burnout, fatigue, and even health complications


The body, when subjected to sudden and severe changes, can retaliate with cravings, mood swings, and a drop in energy


The Cycle of Extremes


This approach fosters a cycle of extreme restriction followed by relapses


A minor slip, like indulging in a favourite snack, can lead to feelings of failure, prompting thoughts like "I've already ruined my diet today; I might as well binge"


This cyclical pattern is not only detrimental to physical health but also wreaks havoc on one's mental well-being


The constant highs of rigid discipline followed by the lows of perceived failure can destroy self-confidence and motivation


How To Make Your Weight Loss Journey A Success


Small Steps Leads to Big Results


Weight loss isn't about massive, sweeping transformations overnight


It's about the tiny, seemingly inconsequential decisions we make each day


These small changes, over time, amass to produce significant results


Habits Are the Key to Your Success


The human brain thrives on routines


Incorporating small, daily habits can wire the brain to expect and even crave these positive behaviours over time


Think of the habits you need to create to have the body shape, lifestyle and weight loss results you want and slowly work at bringing these into your new routine


Have you ever noticed how some people ‘just eat healthy’


This is their habits; this is what they have created over time


Just like you able to drive a car without ever really having to think about it


Diets are the same…


Celebrating Small Wins


Setting micro-goals gives a huge sense of achievement


Instead of focusing solely on the final weight loss target, celebrate the minor milestones along the way


Whether it's being consistent with a new habit for a week, resisting a particular craving, or even noticing a slight positive change in energy levels, these moments deserve recognition


Create The Right Supportive Environment


Your environment can make or break your weight loss journey


The good news? You have control over the atmosphere you cultivate


Open Conversations


Initiate candid discussions with family and friends about your weight loss journey


Express your needs, boundaries, and how they can best support you


Share educational resources or your personal research


This not only helps them understand your journey better but may also dispel misconceptions they might have about weight loss


Find Your Community Outside of Family and Friends


Surround yourself with like-minded individuals


Joining weight loss groups, fitness classes, or online communities can provide a haven of understanding and motivation


Hearing others' success stories, challenges, and strategies can offer both inspiration and actionable insights


With all the negative around social media, there are also a lot of positives when it comes to finding the right supportive communities to help you on the way


Navigating Social Situations with Confidence


Dining out, attending social gatherings, or even a simple coffee date shouldn't become a source of anxiety


With planning and strategies, you can enjoy these occasions without derailing your goals


Preparation is Key


When heading out, a little research goes a long way


Many restaurants now offer nutritional information online


By reviewing menus in advance, you can make informed choices that align with your dietary goals


Carry Healthy Snacks


If you're unsure about the food choices at a social event, having a nutritious backup can prevent unhealthy indulgences


Balancing Enjoyment and Goals


Restricting yourself constantly can lead to feelings of deprivation


It's essential to strike a balance


For instance, if you're at a party, savouring a small portion of your favourite dessert is okay


It's about the overall dietary pattern, not an isolated meal or snack


Remember, food is also about enjoyment


Savour your meals, enjoy the flavours, and make memories


A holistic approach to dieting incorporates both health and happiness


Flexibility Over Rigidity


Your weight loss journey won't always be linear


There will be plateaus, fluctuations, and unforeseen challenges


Instead of rigid targets, cultivate flexibility


Adjust your goals as per your progress and circumstances


Celebrate non-scale victories


Weight is just a number


Focus on other positive changes – improved energy levels, better sleep quality, enhanced mood, or even the joy of trying a new physical activity



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