Have you tried every diet and exercise program out there with no long-term luck? I know I have. Throughout my weight loss journey, I experienced two distinctive things when I would try to lose weight: I’d either plateau after losing some weight and the program would stop working for me OR I’d not be able to keep up with my plan/program because it wasn’t sustainable and required too much from me. Can you relate?
The thing is, the dieting industry has a 95% fail rate. That’s right, 95% of people who try to lose weight don’t keep it off long-term. And it certainly isn’t because there’s a shortage of resources telling people how to lose weight! It’s because all the plans and programs focus mostly on the physical aspect of losing weight, which is just one part of the equation. When you leave out the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects, you’re setting yourself up for failure…especially if you’ve been struggling with your body and losing weight for years. Here are my three reasons why cookie cutter weight loss plans don’t work long-term:
Reason #1: The Energy Behind Your Intention Of Losing Weight – Often, when we set a goal of losing weight, the energy behind it is pretty low vibration (we feel guilty, ashamed, or even disgusted with ourselves). We may decide to lose weight after seeing a picture of ourselves and feeling ashamed of the way that we look in it. Even if how we feel about losing weight isn’t that extreme, it often isn’t from a place of love for ourselves. While fear-based feelings can get us taking action in the short-term, if we don’t shift from a fear-based intention to a love-based one, we’re not going to permanently keep weight off. This is because fear-based intentions drain our energy and make it hard for us to keep up with our goals (this is often how we get into a downward spiral when we have a minor slip-up on our weight loss plan). On the other hand, love-based intentions energize us and make it easier to carry out our plans, even when we have roadblocks or slip-ups.
Reason #2: Your Past Failures & The Beliefs They Create – When we follow those plans and programs that have a 95% fail rate, it’s no surprise that we create all sorts of beliefs about ourselves and what is required to lose weight. We may draw personal conclusions such as “I have no willpower”, “I have bad genes”, “I am a failure”, “I can’t lose weight”, etc. We also may draw other conclusions that aren’t as personal (i.e. “no one who ever loses weight keeps it off”, “in order to lose weight, I have to create a huge calorie deficit”, “I need to work out for an hour every single day”, “I have to deprive myself”, “losing weight is hard”, etc.). Those beliefs go out into the world and collect evidence for us that they are true. Then, our reality is created based off those beliefs. When we see them coming true in our reality, it further solidifies our beliefs…and this cycle goes on and on and on. We must release those beliefs if we want to shift what we attract to us, as well as the experiences we have around losing weight.
Reason #3: They Don’t Assume You Know What’s Best For You – We tend to look for outside answers in the areas that we are the most insecure about and dieting is no exception. While finding a diet or exercise plan to follow can be a good place to start, problems can arise when we aren’t being our own authority in our process of losing weight. Just because something works for one person, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for you. Our bodies are all different and require different things. If you make yourself wrong when you aren’t able to follow a plan or program to the T, you aren’t being your own authority. If you don’t learn how to be your own authority and modify programs so they work for you, you will be unable to create long-term weight loss results. Don’t let perfectionism/needing to do things just as they are laid out rob you of the opportunity to create weight loss results for yourself. By using your intuition, you can modify programs so they work for you (I teach you how to do this during my Losing Your First 10 Pounds course).
I hope these three reasons why cookie cutter weight loss plans don’t work served you. If these reasons resonate with you, you can book a 1:1 “How To Overcome Diet Procrastination” session with me here. For the next three people that book this intensive, I’m offering a $99 special that includes a 60-minute 1:1 session with me, an 80-minute webinar on overcoming diet procrastination, and a 14-page workbook. Normal pricing will be $167 after these spots are taken. I’d love to dive into this work deeper with you and help you change your mindset to help you lose weight and feel great! Again, you can sign-up here. Looking forward to working with you 🙂