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Episode #89: 5 Psychological Blocks to Weight Loss and How to Overcome Them

Episode #89: 5 Psychological Blocks to Weight Loss and How to Overcome Them

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I always say that when it comes to weight loss, it goes way deeper than just diet and exercise…in fact, what’s holding us back pretty much has nothing to do with either.

In this episode, I’ll be discussing the 5 most common psychological roadblocks to weight loss and how to overcome them.

Weight loss can be such an uphill battle for anyone but add in all the emotional struggles and you have yourself a hot mess of roadblocks.

If you’ve tried every diet and exercise plan and can’t slim down, it’s possible there may be a psychological block in your way.

Seems we all start out on a diet with the best of intentions yet something seems to get in the way and we end up “falling off the wagon”. We often end up derailing our progress when we feel tired, or stressed, or bored, or frustrated. And let’s face it…these emotions pop up often.

So how do you work through this and actually hit your goals?

The first step to a healthy resolution is identifying the issue. In order to get past your roadblock, you’ll first need to figure out specifically, what that roadblock is.

Below are the most common emotional issues that come into play when people struggle to lose weight.

All or Nothing Thinking

People who experience all-or-nothing thinking while trying to lose weight believe that they are either a complete success or a total failure based on their food choices.

Negative Body Image

If your body image is too negative it can hinder the weight loss process.


Let’s just say that stress can really hinder weight loss because of what it can do to your hormones. AND take a guess at what a LOT of us do when we’re stressed? We stress ( emotional) eat.


Sometimes just the perception of being overweight increases psychological distress and may lead to depression. Not to mention what happens in our minds each time we feel the need to diet again and again without seeing results. TOTALLY DEPRESSING!!

Personal or Childhood Trauma

This one is a deep dive with quite a few of my clients. Our past experiences often lead to weight issues, believe it or not.

Tips to overcome these barriers

  • Journal
  • Take baby steps ( small goals )
  • Listen to your thoughts ( keep the positive )
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Prioritize sleep

If you are struggling unsuccessfully to lose weight, Any one of these mental barriers to weight loss may be to blame. Think about why your roadblock or “wall” is in place and then take steps to get the help you need to reach and maintain a healthy weight…I’m here for you if you’d like to discuss this further.

If you are stuck, frustrated, sick of yo-yo dieting and want to reclaim your health and would like a little group support and some awesome tips on nutrition and exercise for lasting weight loss and lifestyle balance…

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Hey there, I'm Melanie. I help women DITCH THE DIET MENTALITY and reclaim their health through mindful eating, hormone balancing, stress management, and digestive healing.

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