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3 Secrets to Weight Loss That You're Totally Ignoring

By Genevieve Cunningham

Losing weight is no easy task. Some people slave over the process for months without ever seeing the scale budge. What gives? When this happens, it can be incredibly discouraging. What's the sense in continuing, right? While it might be tempting to give up, don't! It's possible that the secret to finally losing weight is actually right in front of you, but you just can't see it! If you're having trouble with the weight loss process, take a look at these three secrets that you're totally ignoring.

It's Your Food

We don't like to admit that the weight loss is probably in the food. We like our diets. We like the quantity and the content and the ease. But the harsh truth is that weight loss is large part diet. If your scale won't budge, you have to take a good hard look at your menu. Are you sure your calories are correct? Are your portions appropriately sized? This is the biggest ticket to weight loss that most people like to glance over and give little thought to ever again.

It's Your Age

Age matters. It's possible to lose weight at any age, but it's really important to have realistic expectations. It's generally easier to lose weight at 25 than it is at 45. Why? Because your entire body is different. Your muscles are different. The fat sits in different places on your body. Your metabolism works differently. It's possible that you're losing weight, but it's not at the pace with which your accustomed. Get real about what's possible, and get comfortable with slow and steady progress. 

It'll Never Be Perfect

If you're trying to lose weight, you may be looking at inspiring pictures of fit men and women. You may be admiring the low body fat percentage and defined muscles. But keep in mind that those photos are taken in perfect circumstances. Many fitness professionals have been working specifically to take that perfect picture, but you don't see them on a normal day. You don't see them after a meal or when they're bloated or after they've stayed up with their sick kids for three nights in a row. Keep in mind that your body will never be perfect, and that's totally OK. Strive for progress not perfection, and chances are good that you'll quickly find a little success in the process. 

It's OK that losing weight is hard. Anything worth having takes work! But it's possible that you're making it even harder by ignoring important details or by having overblown expectations. Use these tips to get your mind and plan on track, and you'll be feeling better about yourself in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clifton Park, N.Y.

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