Weight loss is a winding road.
Sometimes it seems like everything goes your way: you feel good, you’re making smart choices, and every time you step on your scale the needle moves a little bit to the left.
Life is good.
Other times, though, it feels like you can’t do anything right: you try to eat healthy, but you’re constantly being tempted with fatty treats and snacks. You may not even know WHY your weight loss has stalled…all you know is that the weight is stubbornly refusing to come off your body.
Well, chances are pretty good that your weight-loss plateau is due to one of these 3 common mistakes:
Mistake #1: You’re Exercising the Wrong Way
Quick—what’s the best way to lose weight?
If you said “exercise,” meaning cardio, you’re making mistake #1.
Exercise has a ton of great benefits, but the truth is that traditional cardio-based exercise is NOT the best way to lose weight.
I know it sounds crazy, but consider this: if you hop on an elliptical machine for 45-60 minutes, you’ll burn around 500 calories. Now that might sound pretty good…
But at that rate, you would need to exercise EVERY SINGLE DAY for a whole week to lose 1 pound. (That’s because 500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories, or 1 pound.)
Sounds like a lot of work for 1 little pound, doesn’t it?
And to make matter worse, most women subconsciously OVEREAT after they exercise—rewarding themselves with a treat because “they deserve it.”
Don’t get me wrong: exercise is great, and you should absolutely do it. But you can’t rely on exercise alone to help you lose all that extra weight, because your ability to eat calories far outweighs your ability to burn them.
Now let’s look at the second most common weight loss mistake women make, which is…
Mistake #2: You Try to Use Willpower to Resist Temptations
When it comes to weight loss, your willpower is important…but not for the reason most people think.
Most people believe that you have to use willpower to resist temptations. But successful dieters do something different: they use willpower instead to help them develop healthy habits.
See, research has shown that your willpower is like a muscle. The more you use it in a given day, the more tired it gets.
Think about it like this: you can do push-ups for a little while, but you can’t do push-ups forever…right? Sooner or later your arms are gonna get tired.
It’s the same thing with your willpower. You can resist temptations for a little while, but sooner or later your willpower is gonna get tired…and you won’t be able to resist temptations any longer.
(This is why it’s common to wake up and start your day with a healthy breakfast, while your willpower is still strong. But by nightfall, your willpower is depleted and you find yourself eating your way into a Ben & Jerry’s coma.)
When you try to use your willpower to resist temptation after temptation, you’re basically trying to do the equivalent of 1,000 push-ups every single day.
So, the take-home message for you to learn is this:
You will NEVER lose weight through sheer willpower. It’s impossible, even for the best of us.
Instead, you need a way to make weight loss EASIER. Instead of resisting temptations, you need to avoid them entirely…so you don’t *need* to use your willpower. In short, you need a SYSTEM of healthy habits that makes healthy choices easier, less stressful, and more automatic.
Mistake #3: You’re Going to “Start Tomorrow”
This is one of the most common—and one of the sneakiest—forms of weight gain out there. In fact, it’s so common that there’s even a name for it:
It’s called the “Tomorrow Effect.”
This is the idea that whatever it is you’re trying to do, you’ll start tomorrow.
- “Tomorrow I’ll start my diet…”
- “Tomorrow I’ll go to the gym…”
- “Tomorrow I’ll have more willpower…”
Today never feels right, because today something came up: you have to go to a birthday party. You have a headache. You have friends coming over. You’re tired.
But tomorrow—tomorrow feels perfect, because (you assume) nothing will come up tomorrow.
Of course that’s not true. Something ALWAYS comes up.
The Tomorrow Effect is a dangerous trap because it’s easy to assume we’ll be better tomorrow. We assume we’ll be stronger, better rested, more committed. We assume we’ll have more willpower.
Sadly, it’s not true. And that’s why you have to watch out for the Tomorrow Effect.
Make no mistake: if you’re ever going to lose that weight, finally transform your body, and discover how AMAZING it feels to finally look in the mirror and see an energetic, healthy, and sexy woman staring back at you…
…you simply can’t afford to wait until tomorrow.
You Must Start Today.
A Slimmer, Sexier You Is Right Around the Corner
Have you been making any of these 3 common weight-loss mistakes? If so, don’t despair!
We’ve all made these mistakes at some point or another in our lives.
The important thing is NOT to get hung up on the past. Instead, recognize when you’ve made a mistake and decide now to fix it in the future.
By avoiding these traps you can break through weight-loss plateaus and finally achieve the lean, sexy body you desire and deserve.
Neil O’Nova, Fitness & Weight-Loss Expert
Neil O’Nova is a fitness, health, & weight-loss expert; a certified sports nutritionist & personal trainer; and the author of the new book 7-Minute Skinny Jeans. He work with many women as an online fitness & weight-loss coach to help them get the slim, sexy body they deserve—faster, easier, and more enjoyably than ever before. Learn more about Neil O’Nova at 7MinuteSkinnyJeans.com.