Having Trouble Losing Weight

If you are having trouble losing weight, you need to set goals and put a little pressure on yourself to reach them. You can do this by telling other people how much weight you want to lose by a particular date. Without setting a date, and just saying to yourself that you want to lose 20 pounds, may not be enough.

By telling family and friends that you have to drop a certain amount of weight in a certain time frame, you are setting yourself up for success by making a real commitment. I have always felt that the main reason people lose so much weight on TV shows like The Biggest Loser is because their weight loss goals are on TV for millions of people to see. Even though I don’t agree with the weight loss approach used on The Biggest Loser (in my opinion they over-train the participants to unhealthy levels), it works. It’s the pressure they put on themselves by going on the show and exposing their weight loss goals to the whole world that produces such great results.

When a new personal training client starts training with me, one of the first things we do is set realistic health and fitness goals. With set goals, they are accountable to me. There are so many reasons why being accountable to someone can help you drop the weight. Being a personal trainer for over 25 years I’m always analyzing what diet or exercise program works best. But sometimes just the fact that they have to report to me every week keeps them on track toward reaching their weight loss goals.

There are so many different ways to train and so many different diets you can try. One thing is for sure; however, if you set specific goals within a time frame and have to report your progress to someone, your chances of succeeding will be much greater.

Follow these Steps to Lose 20 lbs in 6 Weeks:

  • Find an exercise and weight loss program that you like. You can go to the Fitness Principles section of this blog and design your own program from all the information in the articles or you can follow some of the programs I have recommended in the past like Visual Impact for Women or Visual Impact for Men for your lean muscle building. Or check out the article I wrote called More Weight Loss Options, which has some great suggestions on different diet programs that can work for you.
  • Once you have a plan, tell people about it. Tell your family, friends and co-workers that you plan on losing 20 lbs in 6 weeks and this is how I’m going to do it. Once you put yourself out there, you will feel like you’re on The Biggest Loser and have to lose the 20 lbs, or you will be embarrassed.

Sometimes if you are having trouble losing weight, the perfect diet plan is not enough. You might have to commit to losing weight by setting weight loss goals and telling everyone, so you really do it.

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Best – Mike Cola

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8 Responses to “Having Trouble Losing Weight”

  1. I think the most important point I got from this is find something you like! And VI for women and men are great programs.
    If you like something you’ll do it, doesn’t matter (to a point) if its not the best program on the planet as long as you do it, it will work.

  2. Hey Raymond,

    Thanks for all the comments. I’m glad you are a regular reader of this fitness blog. I really enjoy reading your blog – Zen My Fitness.

    Best – Mike

  3. Mike,

    Accountability is key. Another reason I think contestants do well on The Biggest Loser is the competitive aspect of it. It always helps you push yourself when you’re trying to one-up others especially when there is a quarter million dollar prize at stake. Some people may find it helpful to undertake a weight loss challenge with a friend or partner to add a little bit of competition.

    Alykhan

  4. Remember that you don`t have to deal with your excessive weight alone. With the support of your family and friends to encourage you along the way, you can reach your loosing weight goal.

  5. Very good advice Mike. What you’ve said applies to nearly everything in life as well. As soon as we tell people our goals, we feel like we should be able to deliver. Most people will at least attempt to reach their goals since nobody genuinely wants to fail in front of others.

  6. Very good advice Mike. Some people may find it helpful to undertake a weight loss challenge with a friend or partner to add a little bit of competition.

  7. Hi, I have question: Is it possible that diet and exercise alone are not enough to lose all your extra weight? It took me 5 years just to drop 85 lbs. It is now year 7 of my weight loss goal- I never reached my goal of 190 lbs. I got down to 220 lbs and in that time gained back 15-25 lbs and had to keep relosing it. I do tons of exercise including jogging,swimming, bike riding, tennis, and lifting weights even. I started lifting weights a year and a half ago. I even took up with a personal trainer. I am still obese, even though not morbidly at 230 lbs with 30% body fat. I want to get down to 15% body fat. What can I do? I feel as if Im running out of options. I could starve myself but I know that the weight would only return. I count calories and I range from 1800-2600 depending on activity. I need some kinda help. Been to Dr’s and nutritionists even. I feel like its a losing battle.

  8. Congratulations on losing so much weight. You really are doing well. 85 pounds is a lot of weight to lose.

    If you can lose 85 pounds I’m sure you’ll reach your goal of 190 pounds. Just keep on doing what you’ve been doing…… it’s working.

    Best – Mike