Top 5 unrealistic weight loss expectations

Top 5 unrealistic weight loss expectations

People underestimate the speed and ease weight loss.

1. Amount

People often believe they will lose more weight than is realistic.
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Even when I tell people to expect a weight loss of no more than 2 lbs per week, they hope and expect to lose more.

2. Speed

People often believe they will lose weight quicker than is possible. If it takes 10 years to put the weight on, it’s not going to come off in 10 days or 10 weeks.

3. Ease

People often believe they will lose weight with little effort. Despite what infomercials want you to believe, weight loss takes continuous hard work, discipline, and effort.
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4. Outcome

People often believe that losing weight will improve their lives more than can be expected.

It’s not realistic to think that when you lose weight, you’ll find a boyfriend and get a job promotion, and all of your problems will be solved.

5. Lifestyle

People often believe once they reach their goal weight, they can go back to their old behavior. Only permanent changes will give you permanent results.

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Stephanie Averkamp

About the Author was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...

Stephanie Averkamp

Our Approach: Short-term solutions (like dieting) are unrealistic and ineffective because at some point they end. As soon as a diet or program ends, so do the results. Permanent weight loss is a journey; it's not a race or competition and there is no finish line. Read more...