Whether it’s the Freshman 15, breakup weight, baby weight, or can’t-stay-away-from-the-dessert-cart weight, losing those extra pounds is not as easy as putting them on. It doesn’t matter if you have five or 105 pounds to lose, here are the top reasons most people abandon their weight-loss goals, and what you can do to prevent it from happening.
It’s Taking Too Long
Just as those pounds appear to slowly creep on, it also takes a while to slowly lose; coming to terms with this will make it easier to stick with your plan. Know that to safely lose weight and keep it off, you’ll only drop one to two pounds a week, so do the math and you’ll have an idea of how much time it’ll be before you’re near your goal weight. Find ways to celebrate your smaller goals and it’ll help keep you on track.
Calories in cannot outdo the amount of calories out. If you choose high-calorie foods, you’ll only be able to have a few bites, which will leave your belly empty and unsatisfied. Eat smarter by picking low-calorie foods like vegetables, high-fiber foods like whole grains, and foods with high water content like fruit. These foods will keep you feeling full, preventing hunger pangs.