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February 10, 2009
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8 Reasons Why You Keep Falling Off The Diet Wagon
With resolutions a distant memory, and the "month of lurrve" upon us, it's pretty easy to find yourself in state of limbo.
I don't know if it's any motivation to you <>, but it's a well known fact that the more active people amongst us have better sex lives.
Maybe it's all the feel good hormones streaming through their bodies, or maybe it's simply because they can last longer without collapsing in a heap(!), I'm not too sure.
There was a news story today about how we don't send love letters anymore, in fact most valentine's messages will be sent via text!
It's a sign of the times today and has everything to do with the developed world's weight problems... laziness!
Now, I'm not calling you lazy so you can stop cursing at the screen =) I know exactly how hard it is to stick to a new eating plan or exercise routine. Sometimes all it takes is knowing where you're going wrong.
That's why I've asked my friend Tom Venuto from Burn The Fat, to list his top 8 reasons why you fall off the wagon.
The 8 Reasons
1. No focus: you didn’t set goals, you didn’t put your goals in writing, and/or you didn’t stay focused on your goals daily (by reading them, affirming them, looking at a vision board, etc.)
2. No priorities: you may have set a goal, but you didn’t put it on or near the top of your priorities list. For example, your goal is six pack abs, but drinking beer and eating fast food on the weekend is higher on your priorities list than having a flat stomach.
3. No support system: you tried to go at it alone; no buddy system, training partners, family, spouse, friends, mentors or coaches to turn to for information and emotional support when the going got tough.
4. No Accountability: you didn’t keep score for your own accountability – with a progress chart, weight record, measurements, food journal, training journal, and you didn’t set up external accountability (i.e. report to someone else or show your results to someone else)
5. No patience: you were only thinking short term and had unrealistic expectations. You expected 10 pounds a week or 5 pounds a week or 3 pounds a week, so the first week you lost “only” 1 or 2 pounds or hit a plateau, you gave up.
6. No planning: you winged it. You walked into the gym without having a workout in hand, on paper, you didn’t plan your workouts into your weekly schedule; you didn’t have a menu on paper, you didn’t make time (so instead you made excuses, like “I’m too busy”)
7. No balance: your diet or training program was too extreme. You went the all or nothing, “I want it now” route instead of the moderate, slow-and-steady wins the race route.
8. No personalization: your nutrition or training program was the wrong one for you. It might have worked for someone else, but it didn’t suit your schedule, personality, lifestyle, disposition or body type.
So there you have it – 8 reasons why most people fall off the wagon! Have you been making these mistakes? If so, the solutions are clear and simple: focus, prioritize, get support, be accountable, be patient, plan, balance and personalize.
Train hard and expect success,
Fat Loss Coach
=> Burn The Fat <=
About Tom Venuto:
Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert, lifetime natural (steroid-free) bodybuilder, independent nutrition researcher, freelance writer, and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat-Burning Secrets of The World’s Best Bodybuilders & Fitness Models (e-book) which teaches you how to get lean without drugs or supplements using secrets of the world's best bodybuilders and fitness models. Learn how to get rid of stubborn fat and increase your metabolism by visiting: Burn The Fat.
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