Why is it so hard to lose weight? It’s a question many, if not most, people have asked themselves probably on many occasions. Aside from the obvious—food is delicious and exercise is hard, there are many other factors that people don’t even know they fall victim to. Here are some factors that hinder weight loss progress.

  1. Having A Short-Term Attitude

This is often the hardest to accept and change. Approaching weight loss with a short-term attitude may not take you far besides on the yo-yo diet train. Embark on strict diets that promise rapid change. For most people, a well-balanced diet that includes all food groups, and even some treats work in the long run. It is best to understand that fad diets, excessive exercise, and “detoxes” don’t always work.

  1. Thinking Exercise Conquers All

“Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.” Even if your goals don’t include a shredded stomach, the adage is still relevant. I agree that exercising is the overall approach to weight loss (not to mention its long list of other health benefits), but it’s difficult to lose weight from exercise alone. Many people overestimate the number of calories they can burn from their workouts—it’s probably a lot less than you think.

  1. Using Supplements Instead Of Eating A Healthy Diet

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that fat burner supplement isn’t going to do the work for you. Instead of wasting money on supplements that you might not be so sure about, incorporate with a healthy diet. For example, incorporating a daily protein shake in the morning can help you feel fuller throughout the day, which may help keep cravings at bay.

  1. Lacking A Support System

Supportive friends, family, and significant others are critical to successful weight loss. The most common reason for not sticking to a healthy diet is stigma. As silly as it sounds, people do get made fun of for eating healthy. It can be very easy to fall into a trap of eating and drinking unhealthy for the sake of your social life. This is why a solid support system is key.