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Barriers to Weight Loss 101

Lisa Cutforth - Monday, March 18, 2013

Shifting weight is a journey, it requires support and commitment and usually a multi-factorial approach.  Doing a few things "right" on an ongoing basis and turning your back on a few bad habits that no longer serve you can have the compounding effect of SUCCESS!

Often though, while people are on their journey, they may encounter stumbling blocks or barriers.  Awareness, or knowing your enemy (your weaknesses) is an important piece in the puzzle and the first step up and out of a weight crisis!

Below are some questions to help highlight some behaviours or habits that are commonly encountered barriers to weight loss:

1. What you eat:  Your choice of foods and drink

  • Are you prone to choose high sugar, high fat or heavily processed or convenience foods?
  • Do you actively avoid eating certain foods?

2. How you eat: 

  • Are you someone who eats very rapidly?
  • Do you eat in places other than than the kitchen or dining room?
  • Do you multitask while eating, driving, working on the computer?
  • Do you eat in front of the television?
  • Do you eat directly from packets or containers?
  • Is most of your eating unplanned in advance?
  • Do your eating habits vary greatly from day to day?

3. Amount you eat:
  • Are your portion sizes on the large side?
  • Do you go back for seconds?
  • Do you always finish everything on your plate whether you are hungry or not?
  • How accurate is your food reporting? Do you get "eating amnesia"  and forget about food you have eaten through the day?

4. Timing of your eating/ when you eat:

  • Are you prone to skipping meals?
  • Do you tend to nibble and pick at food constantly?
  • Are there particular times of the day or circumstances when you are liable to overeat?

5. Why you eat:
  • Are you prone to stress related eating?
  • Are you likely to eat when bored?
  • Have you lost your motivation to lose weight or feel like you have given up?

Other Factors include:

Are you overtired or stressed?

Are you suffering with some medical or health condition like allergies, liver or thyroid dysfunction?

Does thinking in black and white or "all or nothing" terms undermine your attempts to lose weight? 

Do you feel like you don't have enough support?

Do you struggle to get enough exercise?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, the good news is... you have identified a missing puzzle piece.  You have found where you have room for improvement by identifying a weak area that could be contributing to your problem. 

Constantly reviewing your behaviour and maintaining and celebrating your progress is an essential part of the puzzle of weight management and health.

If you have any questions or would like more light shed, I explore some of this in more detail in my book:

The Perfect Weight (How your emotions and your mind create your perfect weight)

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