Why people stop their weight loss program

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is weight loss.

Therefore millions of people start a diet, hire a personal trainer, join a gym, embark on an exercise program at home, take dieting pills or engage in some weight loss program. Everyone wants to start their year on the right foot.


Studies show that nearly 95% of people fail to achieve their weight loss goal, and 95% of the 5% who lost weight, will regain it.

That doesn’t leave many success stories!

Why do most people fail?

Being overweight involves a complex interaction of many factors involving psychological, environmental, evolutionary, biological and genetic causes.

All these factors interact affecting each other and it is hard to comprehend how to deal with this issue.

This is one of the reasons many people fail to achieve their weight loss goals. They don’t understand what they need to do for them to succeed.

For this reason, it is important to know about each individual part of the complexity of the overweight epidemic to succeed in the weight loss resolution.

Stress definition

Everyone has heard the word “stress” before, however many don’t really know the correct definition of it.

Collin’s English Dictionary explains stress as ‘the special emphasis or significance attached to something, mentally, emotionally or physically. For the human being, stress is thoughts that give us some level of worry about something.’

As an example: A person who is married, has a car, a job and any other responsibilities, has some level of stress or attachment towards the responsibility.

These thoughts have different levels of severity.

For instance, an individual maybe worry about paying his or her bills by the end of the month while he or she is holding a job.

Compare the same individual trying to pay his or her bills when he or she does not have a job. Some lead to the same cause, but the consequences are different.

Therefore the level of stress is different in each situation.

How can stress lead to being overweight?

stress and weight loss_2When a person is under stress, the individual may only want to cope with it.

Coping with negative emotions is more important for most people than sticking to a lifestyle modification.

People usually don’t see the benefit of keeping to their new weight loss program when they are under stress fall back to a sedentary lifestyle

Furthermore, research show that stress can also encourage dietary disinhibition or lapses in dietary intake among dieting individuals.

Both physical inactivity and lack of time to prepare healthy meals further increase weight gain among people with continuing stress.

Another way that stress affects a person is by overeating or choosing the wrong foods

Researchers have proven that individuals who eat in response to stress exhibit an increased preference for high fat and sweet foods which leads to increased body weight.

The reason why people choose these types of foods is because, according to scientists, eating high fat and carbohydrate caloric content “comfort” food may help in reducing biological stress system activity and concomitant negative emotions during chronic stress.

This means that those comfort foods help an individual to control the chemicals released in their bodies as a reaction to stress.

These stress factors do occur unconsciously and they need to be approached.

What not to do

Stress is a synonym of worry. Therefore it should be treated and not ignored.

Ignoring stress can lead to more stress and problematic behaviors as Susan Hoeksema, psychologist and author, explains; “The way people cope with illness and other stressful life circumstances can affect their health.”

Many people have heard different ways to deal with stress, such as a glass of wine a day, yoga, and perhaps a vacation.

Likewise, people use food as a stress reliever.

These methods will help the individual to relax, but they won’t fix the problem, and they will only repress the worries if the individual just relied on these methods.

This can be referred to as avoidance coping: denying that the individual is ill or he or she is facing other obvious stress.

Avoidance coping has been linked to several health related problems. The methods to deal with stress are simple.

The solution is dedication.

Solution to stress

Here are some examples of stress:

retrospective, present or futuristic worries.

These worries can involve issues such as money, health, relationships and psychological problems.

Here are a couple of suggestions to deal with stress:

– Prioritize worries from the most severe (important) to the less severe (less important). Find different solutions.

– Discard the unrealistic and execute the chosen one. Make realistic goals and work towards those goals.

– Get anything that needs to be done, done. Do not ignore it. Don’t make another problem with the problem already made.

– If one problem gets out of control,  don’t let the problem affect other aspects of life.

– Take care of the stress right of way.

– Find answers for past stress that may still be a bother.

– And last but not least: seek professional help when necessary.

Stress management is only part of the solution

Overweight is a complex interaction between psychological, environmental, evolutionary, biological and genetic factors.

Stress is one of the biggest contributors to the overweight problem.

By dealing with stress, people may be able to control overeating, chose the right foods and keep control of their body weight.

It is important to continue getting new information about how to maintain or achieve, a healthy body weight.

In addition, the information acquired is not enough. It needs to be practiced. Professional psychologists agree that it takes more than information to change people’s actions. In other words, the individual needs to be ready to change his/her lifestyle.

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