How To Overcome Inertia & Start Losing Weight

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Some people find it hard to overcome the mental inertia and just get started on losing weight. There can be a number of reasons for that and also a number of simple strategies that may help.

Past Failures

If you've tried losing weight before and were unsuccessful then this may blunt your enthusiasm. As soon as you think about the prospect of losing weight that little voice will tell you that it's no use. You may not even consciously notice it.

All that's needed is to separate out the past from the present in this situation. Just because you have failed at something in the past doesn't mean you have to allow that to repeat. In fact, you can learn from the mistakes of the past and so really should have a better chance of success as a result.

It's Only Going to Pile Back On

The idea that, even if the effort is made to lose the weight that it will only come back anyway, can definitely kill your motivation.

The answer to this is food education. Once you lose that excess weight you can't go back to eating exactly the same way that you did or else the inevitable will happen. After all, that pattern of eating did lead to that extra weight! But that doesn't mean that you have to eat salads for the rest of your life. You can enjoy eating good delicious food and the occasional "unhealthy" meal or dessert as long as you eat well most of the time.

Dealing with an experienced weight loss coach will definitely pay dividends in this respect.

It's All Too Much

The best way to fail at achieving your goal is to try to do so much at once that it becomes too hard almost immediately. Then it's easy to throw your hands up in the air and say - it's all too hard.

Taking a step by step approach can often be a better way to go. For example - we all know that sugar is a major contributor to weight gain. Start by cutting out sweetened drinks - soft drink and fruit juice - and adjust to that change before taking the next step.

I'm Too Busy

This can seem like a very justifiable reason for not starting, but just ask yourself - when will I feel that I actually have enough time to make these changes? If he answer seems to be never, then this "busy" reason is probably just a way of justifying not starting.

Of course you may actually be experiencing a time when you are really under the pump and waiting a few weeks may not be such a bad idea.

In Summary...

Don't let past failures or future concerns put you off becoming a healthier version of yourself. Pick the right time and don't try to do too much at once.