5 Psychological Reasons Explaining Why People Don’t Lose Weight Even With Exercises and Diets
Sometimes a person does a lot of exercising, sticks to a strict diet, and doesn’t have any health problems, but they are still unable to lose weight. Do you know why? Because it’s beneficial.
Bright Side put together 5 major psychological barriers that hinder us from losing unwanted weight despite a healthy diet and regular training.
5. Being overweight is beneficial!
Yes, it is beneficial because we can relate our problems to being overweight:
- No soul mate?
- Dream job still far away?
- Unreachable life goals?
It’s very convenient to blame being overweight on our problems because if there were no problems, it would be obvious that the reasons for our problems are inside us. Of course, no one wants to be disappointed with themselves, and that is exactly why our weight doesn’t diminish, even if we regularly visit the gym. Our subconscious doesn’t let it happen.
4. It’s a great excuse for our own laziness.
We all like to put things off until the next day, month, or year. People who are overweight like to postpone their plans until the next life — when they are thin and slim. It’s a great excuse: "I want to learn how to dance, but I can’t because I’m overweight. When I lose weight, then I will start training every day, and I will become the star of all the parties. You’ll all be jealous! But so far, thank goodness, I don’t need to train so hard. So I’ll just jog a bit in the evening and go to bed with a peaceful mind."
3. It’s a way to attract love and attention.
Who doesn’t like to whine? There are so many people around us who want to console us, take pity on us, love us, and take care of us, and we feel like the center of the universe. A strict diet and a tough trainer are wonderful reasons for daily whinings. So why lose it?
2. It’s a way to escape unwanted thoughts and emotions.
Have you ever noticed that people under stress eat a lot, even if they are on a diet? It happens because they are incapable of perceiving their true emotions, especially if they have been taught to hide them since childhood — "Don’t cry!/Don’t complain! You are an adult now!" That is why a sense of anxiety is sometimes perceived as another sense: hunger, for instance. As a result, instead of paying a visit to a psychotherapist, who can teach them to cope with their emotions, they pay a visit to a fridge, despite their trainer’s requests.
1. It’s a way not to solve a self-esteem problem.
Inadequate self-esteem is another psychological hindrance to losing weight. If a person sitting in front of a nutritionist likes to repeat such words as “my lovely hips,“ ”big cheeks are my style,“ or “more of me to love,” she unconsciously chooses to stay the way she is.
The same affirmation works with thoughts of heredity. ”My mom was overweight, and so am I." Well, if you want to continue your family line of obesity, it’s your own choice, and there is no need to torture yourself with exercise and diets. However, scientists claim that genetic obesity is not inevitable. It only provides a predisposition to it.
So try to avoid any negative predispositions in your head. If you want to solve a problem, solve it, and don’t look back.