Weight loss isn’t easy for most people, and it’s especially hard for those who have struggled with their weight and body image in the past. If you’ve made all the weight loss plans in the world, but still can’t kick yourself into high gear to really get down to business and improve your health, consider whether or not fear may be playing a role in your weight loss struggle.
Fear of Failure
This is the number one reason why many people fail to stick with a weight loss plan, or decline to even start one in the first place. It’s true both for those who have been unable to keep weight off in the past, and those who are facing their first weight loss attempt.
There are many types of fear of failure that can keep you from fully engaging with your lifestyle change. Maybe you’re afraid that you lack the self-control to succeed, and that even with all the proper planning and coaching, you just won’t be able to turn down that rich dessert, or won’t be able to find the motivation to get to the gym.
You might also be afraid of losing weight, but then not being able to keep it off. Why go through all that effort if it’s not going to help? Similarly, you might be afraid that no matter what you do, you may not be able to lose the weight at all.
Fear of Commitment
Weight loss requires considerable effort and commitment, and you may not feel ready for a full-blown lifestyle change. If you’re worried that you’ll have to give up family dinners and nights out with friends, fear of commitment might be what’s holding you back. Or, you’re afraid that hitting the gym for an hour every evening is going to take away from precious time with your partner, friends, and family.