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Three Emotional Obstacles to Weight Loss That Many Never Consider

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Losing weight comes with a plethora of challenges. Facing the fact that you need to lose weight, at all, can be extremely difficult. Then you are faced with motivation struggles, cravings for carbs, and a sweet tooth that is just shameful.

Making all of these changes can be a huge challenge, but there are obstacles in weight loss that many never consider before embarking upon the journey.

1. One of the obstacles that people are unexpectedly faced with is emotional preparedness. Many believe that if they lose weight, they will automatically be happy, and most of their problems will just disappear. Unfortunately, this is far from reality.

It is proven that losing weight won’t make you happy. In fact, studies show that people who are depressed before they lose weight end up more depressed after the weight is gone. But, if you’re not losing the weight to become more happy, and are happy before the weight loss begins; losing weight will be easier for you.

So, the answer to that obstacle is this: Find the true answer to why you’re unhappy. Whether it is in your home life, your relationship, or your professional life, find the problem, and face it head on.

2. Another huge obstacle that many tend to face, is sabotage from family and friends. Now, this doesn’t mean they’re being openly malicious. This can come in many forms. Your significant other may subconsciously be thinking,“ If you start looking good, I might lose you”, or that you won’t be yourself when the weight is gone. You must also face this issue head on, to make it disappear. Talk it out, and reassure them. A lifestyle change is a “relationship adjustment.”

3. Finally, the “screw it” moments. This is a tough one, because you’re ultimately rebelling against yourself. The motivation that you once had has suddenly vanished, and been replaced with the image of a freshly made, warm doughnut, drizzled in a sugar glaze that is melting from the heat of the doughnut. So, you cave.

But, there’s a way to overcome this one as well. If you accept that you’re a rebel, and plan for it, chances that you’ll rebel at other times are less. Set a cheat day, and on that day eat whatever you want. Then, during the rest of the week, stick to your diet and workout routine.

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Three Emotional Obstacles to Weight Loss That Many Never Consider

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2015). Three Emotional Obstacles to Weight Loss That Many Never Consider. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 3, 2020, from


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