Losing weight isn't easy. It can be very challenging to find motivation and support. Especially if you have tried many times before without success. Most people have been in a similar situation, it's hard to know if you are doing the right thing, or if you are trying too hard. So how do you know?
You Give Up Activities That Used To Be Fun
As you embark upon your weight loss journey, it's important to understand the line between being disciplined and being restrictive. Your diet is an important tool in helping you lose weight, but it should not serve as a primary source of joy in your life. If any of the following are true for you, there's a good chance that you're on the wrong side of that line:
- You've stopped going out to eat with friends and family because your diet doesn't allow for what they're eating, or they seem to be trying to sabotage your efforts by bringing tempting foods around.
- You find yourself grumpy and irritable when people offer you food that isn't on your regimen.
- Your social calendar has been feeling a bit empty lately (and not just because of the pandemic). Many people who are cutting back on their eating also cut back on their socializing. It's common for them to feel guilty about spending time with others while they're going through this journey and fear that they'll be tempted into straying from their plan or having a bad experience if they do go out with friends or family members.
You Judge Yourself Harshly When You Don't See Immediate Results
If you are constantly beating yourself up when you don't see the scale move or feel any changes to your body, that is a huge red flag. Your body type may be naturally muscular or you may have a high body fat percentage. Neither of these factors is bad and does not mean you won't lose weight with time and effort. Just remember, it's best to take your progress in strides. Do not be so hard on yourself if your jeans fit a little looser after one week of dieting and working out. You are doing an amazing job!
You also need to realize that the scale is not always the indicator of success with weight loss. The biggest indicator of success will come when people start commenting on how much better you look compared to before starting your journey towards healthy living and weight loss!
You Feel Like Your Whole World Revolves Around The Next Meal Or Workout
This habit can be a sign that you are trying too hard to lose weight since it's not normal to have every single moment of your day revolve around food or exercise. If you aren't able to enjoy a meal without feeling guilty, obsessing over how many calories you consumed and how much time you'll have to spend at the gym as a result, then it's probably because you are placing too much importance on these factors. Your body needs fuel to function properly.
If you are under-eating, either intentionally or unintentionally, your body will start slowing down to conserve energy, which is why some people who try too hard to lose weight find themselves gaining weight instead. This happens because their bodies are operating in survival mode and holding onto every calorie they can get.
Similarly, if you are over-exercising without replenishing your body with enough nutrients after each session, you may end up doing more harm than good by burning away muscle instead of fat. The fix for this behavior is simple: permit yourself to enjoy eating out or splurging on treats sometimes when it's socially appropriate—whether that's during birthday celebrations or just when hanging out with friends after work. If you're finding that even this advice doesn't help and your obsession with food and exercise is still interfering with the quality of your life, then consider seeking professional help from a nutritionist, therapist/counselor, personal trainer, or all three!
You Focus On The Scale, Rather Than How You Feel
One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to shed weight is looking at only their scale. The number on the scale is a crude measure of your overall fitness and health, though, as it doesn't take body composition into account. If you focus solely on that number, you can do more harm than good to yourself.
Instead, experts recommend focusing on how you feel and how your clothes fit. These are much better indicators of whether or not you're meeting your goals compared to what's happening on the scale. By allowing yourself to recognize results this way, you'll be able to avoid self-defeating behaviors like binging because the scale wasn't showing any movement.
There is a fine line between being healthy and trying too hard. The former will be able to help you lose weight but the latter can be destructive to both your mental and physical wellbeing. If you are constantly deprived of food or feel like you might fall off the wagon at any moment, then chances are you are trying too hard. Please remember that moderation and a healthy balance are what matter most, so if that means having that piece of cake on occasion- go for it!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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