3. You try to go it alone.
Self-help is a noble undertaking, but you’ll lose more weight if you do it with the help of others. One study found that people on a structured commercial weight loss program lost three times more weight than those who tried to do it solo. Having a cheering section or someone with whom you can share problems and tips can not only help you stay the course, it can help reduce the stress that can cause you to overeat. Plus, if you’ve already convinced yourself that diets don’t work, having a positive buddy along for the ride can be a major boost.
Fix: If you’ve already chosen Nutrisystem, you’ve increased your chances of losing weight and keeping it off. Nutrition counselors are standing by to encourage you, offer you good advice and cheer you back on the wagon if you fall off. If you haven’t sign up for the Nutrisystem weight loss program already, do so with a spouse, partner or friend. Check out Nutrisystem’s great Refer a Friend program, which offers great discounts when you sign up with a buddy.
4. You aren’t exercising.
While studies have shown that exercise isn’t as important as cutting calories in losing weight, it’s one of four major factors in weight maintenance among the thousands of successful losers in the National Weight Control Registry, an ongoing study of how people keep off the weight they’ve lost. An awe-inspiring 90 percent of them exercise about an hour a day. Most of them aren’t running marathons either—they walk. Another bonus for exercising? Regular low-intensity exercise like walking reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which has been linked to overeating… a precursor to the whole diets don’t work theory.
Fix: Find an activity you enjoy doing and do it every day. Walking is one of the most convenient exercises: You can do it anywhere, from your neighborhood, the local track or the mall. It requires only one piece of equipment: A good pair of sneakers. You can even change it up at will, walking longer or faster, taking it indoors at the mall or outdoors at a nearby park with a dog or with a friend. It’s so versatile, you can turn walking into hiking and climbing, too. The important thing is to find something active that you love doing so it’s not just another dreaded task on your to-do list.