Why do some people give up on exercise/eating healthy?
1. You don’t have a specific goal.
If you say things like “I want to lose weight”, or “I want to tone up”, ask yourself, what do you actually mean? Losing weight on the scales might just mean you have lost some water weight, but not fat. Think about what you want your end goal to be. Is it a shape, a size or a specific number? The clearer you are in your goals, the easier it will be to create a plan of action you can adhere to.
2. You only want to lose weight for a specific event.
If you want to lose weight because you have an event coming up, e.g. a wedding or holiday, it’s harder to motivate yourself to continue eating healthier or exercising once your event is over. When you no longer have the event to prepare for, it’s easy to slip back into old habits. Try to make eating healthier & getting exercise part of your daily routine, so that it becomes a habit rather than a chore. Focus on how good it will feel to have more energy or boost your mood, rather than on how you can wear 1 outfit on 1 day of the year.
3. You only want to lose weight to get validation from others.
If you want to lose weight to please others, e.g. you’re worried your partner no longer finds you attractive, a friend/family member commented on your weight, or you’re worried about how people at said event above might judge you, then it can be harder to find the motivation to stay healthy long-term because your drive is wrapped up in other's expectations rather than your own. I’m guilty of this one, so I know it's tough. I still worry if I’m doing the right thing & what others will think & you know what? It’s tiring. You know what else? Others give less of a shit bout what I’m doing than I think they do. They’re busy with their own stuff. So, really think about your own reasons why. Why do YOU want to be healthy? What does it mean for YOU?