Desperation can be a debilitating feeling when weight loss is what you’re yearning for. In this day and age, everything you are “desperate” for is right at your fingertips; if you want it, you can likely get it right at that very moment.

But, unfortunately biology is not something that has changed with technological advancement and weight loss cannot usually happen according to a sense of urgency like many other desires you have in life.

Feeling desperate to lose weight and acting out on that desperation in drastic ways will actually prevent you from reaching your weight loss goals.

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Here are 5 ways desperation sabotages your weight loss efforts:

1. Desperation causes you to choose “quick fix” approaches to weight loss.

You’ve seen these “quick fix” diet programs plenty of times: “Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days!” or “Drop 3 Waist Sizes in 1 Week!” Weight loss programs that promise fast weight loss in a short amount of time (which is exactly what you want if you’re feeling desperate) will never yield long term weight loss.

Drastically depriving your body of calories, cutting out carbohydrates or only drinking vegetable juice for a week will likely give you that short term weight loss you so desperately want; but in the long run it will only slow down your metabolism and lead to weight regain once you finish the program.

Think of it like this: if this diet plan isn’t something you can maintain long term, the weight loss that comes from it will not be maintained long term. So the next time you’re feeling desperate and are tempted to try the next quick fix fad diet, ask yourself if once you reach your goal weight, do you want to maintain it for a few weeks or for the rest of your life.

2. Desperation causes you to take drastic measures.

Desperate feelings can promote risky actions, and with such strong emphasis placed on thinness in our society it is no wonder so many people are desperate to lose weight.

You may feel so desperate to lose weight that you will do anything to make it happen, and turn to drastic measures such as appetite suppressants, laxatives, over the counter  weight loss pills, surgery, over exercising or starving yourself.

None of these extreme approaches to weight loss will make you successful at reaching your goal weight. In fact, some of these drastic measures are unhealthy and dangerous for your body.

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3. Desperation for weight loss will place health on the back burner.

Most people who are at the desperation stage of weight loss aren’t thinking about reaching their goal weight the healthy way, they just want to get there, period.

This most often comes at the expense of their health. There are key nutrients required to keep you healthy, prevent disease and keep your metabolism working hard.

As long as you’re focusing on eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, choosing lean sources of protein, eating whole grains, not skipping meals and engaging in daily physical activity you are on the right track.

If you are at the point where your desire to lose weight is causing you to lose sight of health and nutrition you may want to rethink what you’re doing to reach your goals.

4. Desperation prevents you from thinking rationally.

Think back to a time when you’ve wanted something so bad you’d do anything to get it. Were you ever truly thinking about that decision, the possible repercussions or reflect upon what you could have done differently to get what you want?

When you feel desperate, you lose the ability to see clearly, self-reflect and be in tune with your mind and body.

Rational thinking is one of the first things that goes out the window when you are desperate to lose weight or look a certain way. The truth is, weight loss isn’t only physical; your mind is a powerful tool that can either help or impede your weight loss efforts.

Avoid setting unrealistic goals for yourself; understand that weight loss takes time and think clearly about the choices you make throughout your weight loss journey!

5. Desperation builds up feelings of hopelessness.

When you instill within yourself a sense of urgency or desperation to lose weight, more often than not you will set yourself up for disappointment.

If you are frantically trying to lose a certain amount of weight in a short amount of time by turning to quick fix diet programs and making drastic weight loss efforts without experiencing long term success you will feel hopeless that you will ever attain a body you love.

Feeling hopeless, feeling like a failure and having low self-worth are the psychological effects of desperation dieting and will certainly sabotage not only your weight loss efforts, but your physical and mental well-being.

(If you are feeling hopeless and/or depressed, see a mental health practitioner for guidance).

If you are in a state of desperation after countless weight loss attempts, the best thing you can do is recognize this feeling.

Talk yourself out of this desperation and begin making small healthy changes one at a time – nothing drastic! Accept the fact that changing your body cannot happen overnight or even in a week or two. Set desirable goals that you can achieve and kick that desperation to the curb!

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