Many of us have tried and failed to lose weight multiple times in our lives.  Somehow, we would decide that giving up on ourselves was the best option, and just like that, our diet went out the window.  This path that many choose to take seem like the easiest option, but it is also (quite unfortunately) the most dangerous.  This week, ‘Ill be focusing on the reasons you should never give up on weight loss and why they will help you.  Hopefully, by the end of this all, you’ll realize why sticking to your plan is crucial!

4 Reasons you should Never give up on Weight Loss:

Your physical health will suffer
You may put on more extra weight than you already have
Your mental and emotional well-being may be compromised by your failure to follow through
Once you give up permanently, you are in the danger zone of certain diseases and health problems, both now and in the future

These are only some of the important costs of giving up on your weight loss journey.  There are many reasons for failure, including bad diets, insufficient support systems, and a focus on changing the wrong things.  The good news?  This is all avoidable!  You CAN lose weight!  You CAN keep it off!  And you CAN find yourself in the best shape of your life.  One simple factor makes avoiding these 4 consequences possible: Losing weight by focusing on lifestyle change & gradual progress.  Losing weight and keeping it off is not about doing it quickly, getting results right away, or looking for a temporary solution.

A diet that does any of these is not right for you, because you will fail.  If you’re really looking to succeed, you need to be willing to make permanent changes in your life.  More importantly, you have to believe that slow progress will give you lasting results.  Once you’ve adopted that mindset, you can start the most successful journey of your life towards a (permanently) lighter, healthier you!

 Reason 1 You should never give up on weight loss:

Why will your physical health suffer, you might ask?  The more extra weight you have, the harder it is for you to be in shape.  And if you start and quit an attempt at weight loss, you’ve still got that extra weight on you.  You probably are in no better shape than you were at the beginning of your failed attempts.  If you are, the fact that you’ve quit trying probably means that you’ve given up on getting into (or staying in) shape.  Is that really a problem?

Yes!!!  Not being in shape means having trouble with fun outdoor activities and feeling bad about it.  It means having poorer heart health than those who are in shape.  (Which means the stresses of life can catch up with you one day)  It also means a less efficient body and a slower metabolism.  Quite possibly, being in poor physical health means others in better shape will outlive you.  All this because you’re carrying a few extra pounds on you and the list can go on, but you get the idea

For the sake of a better future in your horizon, it’s important to avoid pitfall number one.  If for nothing else, do not quit your weight loss journey for the sake of your physical health!

 Reason 2 You should never give up on weight loss:

Another downside of failing to shed the pounds we hoped to lose is that we will probably end up with a lot of negativity.  Most likely you know what Im talking about.  Those thoughts you have putting yourself down the ones that tell you that you’re no good, that you’re fat, that you’ll never lose your extra weight, and that you cant be in shape.  It’s these thoughts that are most damaging and that can be very counterproductive to our future attempts at weight loss.

If we start a diet, find it hard and quit, we start thinking that we’re not good enough.  We get into a mindset of giving up and of being failures in the weight loss world.  Once that door opens up, it’s extremely difficult to get out.  It can become a vicious cycle of try, fail, & think negatively.  The more it happens, the more we convince ourselves that we can never succeed at weight loss and turning our lives around for the healthier.

Thats not true, of course, which is why avoiding this pitfall is just as important as avoiding the first.  Our mental and emotional well being must be sound before we start any type of weight loss journey.  And to keep our well being positive and healthy, it’s best to avoid fad diets and quick fixes that provide only temporary solutions.  Then whats the easiest way to maintain a healthy mentality?  Go for slow progress and gradual lifestyle change.  You’ll find yourself succeeding, accepting healthy choices, and feeling great!

Reason 3 You should never give up on weight loss: Your mental/emotional well-being will suffer

It’s no secret that societies all over have a preference for thin bodies.  Sadly enough, this preference also comes with a dislike for (and perhaps a prejudice against) the overweight and obese body type.  Whether or not this dislike is problematic is a whole other issue (since what should be desired is merely a healthy and fit body) The reality of such preferences is that with it comes negative emotional baggage for many who are overweight or obese.  This is compounded by the fact that being on the heavier side can leave a person constantly worried about his/her health, thus adding to the cycle of negativity.

Feeling undesired by society, or being constantly preoccupied by worries about ones health, can bring upon feelings of anxiety. (What will people say about me? I cant go out like this! Im going to get sick one day!)  Additionally, depression becomes quite possible, in part because of these negative thoughts.  Those who start and fail diets repeatedly, and/or who continue to be on the heavier side may find themselves in a negative state of mind quite frequently.  What aggravates this is that many people, when down, turn to food to alleviate their depression.  This (at times) leads to excess consumption of food and a climb in the number on the scale.  It becomes a repetitive cycle that is difficult to break.

Even those overweight/obese individuals who do not turn to food to alleviate their negativity still suffer emotionally.  They may adopt an attitude of giving up on themselves and may consider themselves failures.

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Changing the anxious/depressed persons outlook on weight, life, and successful dieting becomes a challenging task.  Telling a person who has failed to lose weight and who often feels lethargic that it IS possible to succeed is not easy.  It is, however, very possible.  Showing yourself, or anyone with some extra weight, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel can push you for greater change.  Truly knowing that there is an end to the negativity and that successful diets do exist can really give anyone the determination needed to avoid failure.  Why?  Because giving up should never be an option!

Reason 4 You should never give up on weight loss: You put yourself in danger of various diseases and health complications

The reality is that once you give up on your weight loss journey, you’re setting yourself up for quite possibly what is greater failure.  You may adopt an attitude of not caring about your weight loss or you might just live your life the way you used to before trying to lose weight.  Why is that a problem?  It will most probably lead you to a heavier weight.  And with this comes the risk for excess weight gain and many health complications.

Obesity brings with it risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, among other things.  Being excessively overweight can kill you in one of many forms.  And yes, it can be avoided if you decide to not give up on yourself purely for the sake of your health.

Okay but what if obesity is really far off for you and you’re only a little bit overweight?  That in itself is dangerous for your health.  Why? Merely being overweight puts you at risk for becoming obese.  A pound here and a pound there every year will put you on a steady path for obesity.  The heavier you are, the wider your waist circumference, the more likely you are to develop those diseases that have been associated with obesity.

This is perhaps the most important reason that anyone should be determined to succeed at losing his/her excess weight.  Gaining just enough weight to have a waist circumference thats too big is dangerous for your health.  Gaining weight to obesity pretty much shortens your life from the get-go, simply because you will develop a life-threatening disease.

The Walk-Away Point:

It’s important to want to live a health life!  Being thin and attractive is not the goal to push for.  Maintaining a balanced lifestyle, and working hard to get there, is the safest and healthiest bet for anyone.  Just reaching the border of a healthy BMI is good enough to keep you healthy, as long as you’re committed to never giving up on yourself.  Losing just 5% of your body weight (if you’re overweight) can save you from a myriad of health complications.

Get your determination to lose weight by committing yourself to a life free of preventable health issues.  With that determination, and with success comes automatic avoidance of points 1, 2, and 3 that I have discussed.  You choose a path of gradual lifestyle changes and healthy living and you will find yourself on the best path in your life!  Your physical, emotional, and mental well being all improve!  And all of this comes as a result of your decision to take better care of yourself and to avoid a bad health record in your future.

It’s hard, it’s challenging, it takes commitment, but weight loss is definitely worth all its perks, and it IS possible.

These 4 reasons you should never give up on weight loss will help you in your weight loss journey. If you need more tips, feel free to contact Florida Aesthetics in Brandon ay 813-345-3-4044