We all recognise that to do the opposite is to create disappointment and a nagging sense of dissatisfaction. So why set yourself up for these negative, and disempowering emotions by having expectations that are entirely unrealistic? You may want a body like Brad Pitt or Oliver Proudlock, or even the athletic curves and moves of a Lara Croft, but let's get real for a minute. If you are 50lbs overweight and give yourself five weeks to get ripped abs or tight buns, you are quite simply setting yourself up for failure.
2. Lack of clear goals
When we plan a trip, we always keep in handy a map of the location to be sure of accuracy of where we're going, every time. Just like when we're are clear about our route towards are destination, we need to be crystal clear about dietary goals of what we actually want to achieve. It helps us to recognize the path we have to follow in order to gain certain goal.
3. Body rebellion
Drastic or too-strict diets can trigger mood swings, headaches, physical and mental fatigue, irritability, digestive upset, and brain fog; feelings some of my clients have referred to as withdrawal, and others have deemed zombie-like. Nobody wants to feel this way, and the truth is, changing your diet for the better should leave you feeling energized, light, clear-headed, and happy.
Not finding a way to build-in indulgences is the primary reason many people ride the weight rollercoaster--lose 20 pounds, gain back 25, lose 30, gain back. Trying to be perfect week after week typically leads to feelings of deprivation, resentment, even anger or depression, and culminates in either binge eating, or diet abandonment.