33 Reasons Why You Won’t Lose Weight

Deciding to lose weight is a tremendous step. When creating a weight loss goal, it’s easy to get enthusiastic, and during the first few days and weeks of trying to reach your goal you’ll feel on top of the world. But when routine sets in and the excitement of trying something new disappears, you might fall into the trap of making excuses for yourself.

Having someone confront you with your excuses and call you out on your BS is always helpful to get you back on track, so we created a list of 33 common excuses that you can recognize so you’d stick to your weight loss goal:

  1. It’s too cold to go to the gym.
  2. It’s too hot to go to the gym.
  3. My friends don’t want to join me. I haven’t asked them, but I know they wouldn’t.
  4. I’ll run tomorrow.
  5. I’d rather watch Netflix.
  6. My bed is too warm and inviting.
  7. Watching Monday Night Football is basically the same thing as working out, right?
  8. Lifting my ice cream spoon from the bowl to my mouth is enough of a workout. Phew.
  9. My friends coerced me to go to happy hour instead.
  10. It’s dark outside.
  11. My Fitbit doesn’t track my run when I am running on a treadmill.
  12. I think I feel a cold coming on…
  13. Butter isn’t a carb, right?
  14. I can’t say no to free snacks in the office.
  15. Watching one episode of Orange is the New Black turned into watching the whole season. I couldn’t help it!
  16. I lost my gym membership card. Oh, darn.
  17. I already took my dog out for a walk. To the backyard. That is obviously exercise.
  18. I ate pizza. It’s a lost day. I might as well skip my work out, too.
  19. I don’t have time. Except to read every single post on Facebook.
  20.  It’s going to rain. The forecast is always correct, right? I shouldn’t risk getting wet in my brand-new running shoes…
  21. Research says chocolate is healthy for my brain.
  22. I like fries too much.
  23. I like cookies too much.
  24. Burritos have vegetables, so it’s healthy, obviously.
  25. I don’t need to work out. I always reach my daily steps goal of 500 steps!
  26. I already took a shower, so why would I want to sweat?
  27. I drank a sip of wine, and now I can’t run since I’d be a danger on the road.
  28. My wearable doesn’t track my workout, so why bother?
  29. I just ate. Working out less than 4 hours after a meal isn’t good for my stomach, right?
  30. If I work out, I might look like a bodybuilder and I don’t want that.
  31. I have good genes!
  32. I’ve got a ton of holiday dinner leftovers, and I don’t want to let them go to waste. That would be an insult to the host.
  33. New year, new you! I’ll start in 2016.

* Don’t take this too seriously. We support you in all your goals, small and big. But if you recognize yourself in one (or more) of the above and you feel guilty, don’t let excuses get in the way of reaching those goals. 

Here is more information and tips on how you can lose weight and stick to your goals by looking forward to getting on a scale, creating habits and sticking to them:

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  1. When creating a weight loss goal, it’s easy to get enthusiastic, and during the first few days and weeks of trying to reach your goal you’ll feel on top of the world. Where such information?

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