1. You bite the infomercial bait.
Infomercials average a 500% markup ratio. It is not uncommon for pharmaceuticals to markup 1600%. The diet industry is a 40 billion dollar business in America, alone. You’re vulnerable and marketers salivate on that. They want to hit every point on your emotional compass, from sadness with your current body to hope with what you could look like to joy as you pull out your wallet and buy their product. It’s just like that- hook, line, and sinker. Be leery of any marketing that makes you feel badly about yourself then switches you to thinking you will be happy if only you had their product. Happiness is intrinsic. It comes from getting comfortable with yourself, not from getting comfortable in your skinny jeans.
2. You use ailments as an excuse not to workout.
Your knee hurts, you have a bad back, you have arthritis, your big toe hurts some of the time, you’re over 55 with one or more risk factors on a PAR-Q. Fit pros recommend you get doctor’s clearance before you begin an exercise program. Do it. Talk to your doctor, but he’s probably going to tell you it’s a good idea to get off your rump. Quit using your setbacks as road blocks. Educated personal trainers can work with your limitations. You may not be able to think of things you can safely do, pain-free, but that’s what we went to school for. Complaining makes you complacent, which makes you depressed and keeps you unhealthy. Get moving past your ailments. That’s not to say to push through pain; find options that work with your capabilities. You’re body is not all a wreck. Work the parts that work!
3. You Cannot Tell When Someone’s Trying to Sell You Something.
There are nutrition and fitness experts out there who truly want to help you. But there are also salesmen out there that just want to take your money. One cares about your health, nutrition, and physique; the other doesn’t. We all have to make a living, so don’t expect the legitimate pros to work pro-bono. Our education came at a price- a steep price- and we have bills to pay, too. When we quote you for our services, we’re not trying to rip you off; we’re wanting to help you! But you have been taken for a ride by uneducated trainers or false claims in the past, so you’re skeptical. Look, there are people in every industry that are slippery as slime. It’s not just in the weight-loss field, but there are an abundance of them here. It’s your responsibility to dig deeper, do research, and make sure you’re buying professional help and quality products/training, not quackery.
4. You’re Staying Up Too Late.
Is late night TV making you fat? Staying up too late makes weight loss and weight maintenance difficult. Many hormones are affected by sleep. Leptin and ghrelin influence appetite. Ghrelin, produced in the GI tract, is the hormone that tells your brain that you’re hungry. Leptin, produced in the fat cells, is the hormone that signals to the brain that you’re full. Insufficient amounts of sleep result in lower amounts of leptin. Because of the ghrelin/leptin hormonal imbalance, you eat but don’t feel full or satisfied. Sleep deprivation also stimulates higher releases of cortisol. Cortisol, produced by the adrenal glands, is a stress hormone. The highest concentration of cortisol receptors are in the abdominal area. When you are under stress, cortisol levels rise and they bind to the areas with the most receptors: your belly.
5. You’re Over-committed.
“I don’t have time” is the #1 excuse people give for why they don’t exercise. You have 24-hours in the day, just like everyone else. Take your health into your own hands and reprioritize.
6. You Believe What Worked Once in your Life is the Best Way to Get in Shape Now.
You have a picture of yourself on your fridge from 2004 when you lost a bunch of weight on the Atkins diet. Because of that, you convince yourself that Atkins is all that works for you. Your body will respond to other programs, healthier programs. Explore them.
7. You surround yourself with haters.
It’s hard to be an advocate for yourself when your team is throwing garbage at you. If your family berates you, it may be time to make friends with positive people and consider them family. If your spouse brings you down, ask that you both recommit to honoring and uplifting one another. Be sure that you, yourself, are lifting up other people. Goodness inspires goodness. Give frequent and genuine compliments. If it’s returned as spitfire, make less space in your life for the haters and open up more for your pips.
(Pips: Gladys Knight’s backup singers. Also see Season 1, episode 18 Ally McBeal).
8. You Aren’t Exercising Hard Enough.
There are some people in Zumba shaking it like there’s no tomorrow. There are others barely moving. Person A may burn 500 calories in the hour. Person B may burn 150. Person B will not get in shape unless she starts putting more effort into the workouts. If Zumba’s not really her thing, she should replace it with something that inspires her to work harder. If you devote time to workout, work!
9. You think you’re the exception.
You really don’t believe that eating portion-controlled, healthy food and moderately exercising will get you thin and fit. So you explore all sorts of other hocus pocus options. You end up wasting time, money, and hope on things that don’t work. You aren’t the exception; you’re the rule.
10. You do the same thing over and over.
The same old cracker gets stale. So does the same old workout. Diversify your program. Mix it up by altering the frequency, intensity, time, and type in order to shock your body and start seeing results.