Another thing that people have trouble with is that when they make a mistake, they consider it a complete failure. Like, they'll have a slice of cake for dessert that they weren't expecting. Of course, that jumps your daily calories, which sometimes puts you over what you should be eating for the day. And so, since they made a mistake, they might as well give up since they've totally ruined their diet!
So, another thing that I keep seeing pop up is the comment "I have no motivation! Please provide motivation for me!" This has always bugged me. It's like saying "I can't do anything hard without someone prodding me constantly to do it!" That's something a child would say, not a responsible adult. *Of course, that leads off to a whole other rant, but I'm trying to not hijack my own posts any more than I already do!*
One component that most diet plans include is exercise. Add X number of hours doing this every day and so on. And considering that exercise increases your calories burned, it can help. But I don't know about you, but I'm a lazy bitch, so forcing myself to exercise just makes me feel worse! So I would always start strong and burn out quickly, stop exercising, and then feel like I was failing.
But I realized something a few years ago. Exercise IS NOT required for weight loss! I lost weight with just controlling my calories in. Which, incidentally gave me NO excuse to quit! After all, if I can lose weight without having to force myself to do stuff I don't like doing or can't do very well, then why wouldn't I?
Last time I mentioned that the HOW to lose weight can be difficult. The 'how' as in what method to use and where to start. So many people look at weight loss as this huge mystery and confusing blur of marketing. Which it is on the surface. There's also the idea that weight loss can be fixed quickly with X diet plan and you'll look and feel amazing afterwards! You'll lose 10 lbs in two weeks and everyone will love you and you'll be gifted with puppies and unicorns! The problem is, there is no quick fix for weight loss. The reason is that real weight loss that stays off requires a serious adjustment to your eating habits. Not a temporary reduction in carbs or protein or whatever is consider 'unclean' foods this month. Sure, following diet plans can make you lose weight, but it won't stay off. You have to be willing to take a good look at your eating habits, identify and change the ones that are harmful to you, and stick with it. That's what diet plans DON'T teach you how to do.
It's easy to see when we need to lose weight. HOW to do so is horribly confusing to most people simply because of the marketing that exists for weight loss. Ever-changing diet plans, new scientific discoveries that deliberately get misinterpreted in order to sell things, celebrities touting their eating plan as the One True Way to Lose Weight, etc. There's a bewildering amount of information, and every diet plan out there says something different is what you HAVE to do in order lose weight.