Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weight Loss Plan for Women Over 40-The top 8 Reasons You Fall Off the Wagon

Everybody knows that they need to commit and follow a plan to achieve their weight and fat loss goals. Every body says that weight loss plans for women over 40 really  need to be followed since as we age, it becomes more challenging to lose fat.

I was just reading an article from Tom Venuto, author of "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" in which he shared the top 8 reasons people fall off the wagon. It wasn't pretty! However, the good news is that if we as women figure out what is hindering us from achieving our weight loss goals, it will be much easier to get back and stay on track.

So, here's all the goodies that Tom has to share. Make sure you take some notes!

8 reasons you fall off the wagon from Tom Venuto

Clearly, we have an obesity problem in America and many other
countries across our planet. Yet, I propose that we do not have a
we1ght loss problem today. In case you're confused at this apparent
contradiction, consider these statistics:

According to a study from Oxford University published in the
International Journal of Obesity, within 3 to 5 years, about 80
percent of all 'losers' have regained the lbs, and often gained
back a little extra.

According to research by the National Weight Control Registry, that
relapse rate may be as high as 95 percent.

For comparison, relapse rates for drug, alcohol and tobacco
dependency have been reported in the range of 50-90%!

This means that lots and lots of people have lost wt. But not
many have kept it off. Therefore, we don't have a wt loss problem,
we have a weight-relapse problem; we have a "not sticking with it"

From that perspective, wouldn't you agree?

In fact, the fall and subsequent regain usually doesn't take
years. Many people have abandoned their new year's resolutions within
weeks. By the time the Super Bowl party rolls around, the diet is
ancient history!

If this is true, then shouldn't we put more of our attention onto
figuring out why you haven't been sticking with your program, and
what you should do about it?

That's exactly what much of my work has focused on in the last few
years. I also put together this new list (below) of the top 8 reasons
why you always seem to fall off the wagon. Understanding the problem
better helps lead you to solutions.

Rather than worrying about the minutiae of your diet plan, like
whether you should be on low carb or high carb, Mediterranean or
Okinawan, vegetarian or meat eater, I propose that if you simply
focus on these 8 issues, you'll start getting more lasting results
on ANY program.

How? By being able to stick with whichever plan you decided was best
for you! After all, even if you have one of the best nutrition programs
in the world (such as Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle), it doesn't do
you much good if you can't stick with it.

===> more info on Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle:

Here are the 8 reasons why you fall off the wagon

1. No focus: you didn't set goals, you didn't put your goals in
writing, and or you didn't keep your goals in mind 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 (ie, 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 mistakes that cause most people to fall
off the wagon. Are you guilty of any of these transgressions? If so,
the solutions are clear and simple:

Focus, prioritize, get support, be accountable, be patient, plan,
balance and personalize.

For accountability and support, there is no better tool than to
join a support community like our Inner Circle. Take a look and see:

Train hard and expect success,
Tom Venuto,
author of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle

Founder & CEO of Burn The Fat Inner Circle 

I found this really helpful and feel I struggle with number one more than any other! As a woman who is over 40, I know how important it is to have the right mindset so I can get my weight  and fat level to where I desire. So, if you are a woman who is looking for an effective weight loss plan for women over 40, I feel that once you have found a plan that works for you, to keep what Tom discussed in mind. If you do, you will avoid falling off the wagon like so many people!

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