by: CarolAnn, M.S. , CPT, CN
How long have you been trying to lose those last 10 or 20 or 30 pounds?
Been awhile now, hasn't it?
You know how to lose weight - eat healthy and exercise - so why are you still living in a body that you're disappointed with?
In my experience, people hold on to "unwanted" pounds for very specific reasons. These reasons are on a subconscious level, which is where things get tricky.
Self-sabotage is your subconscious mind's way of protecting you.
Seems counterproductive, but it makes sense when you realize that it is a defense mechanism meant to keep things from changing.
Your conscious mind says it wants to lose weight to look and feel amazing, but your subconscious mind is pulling the strings behind the scenes, keeping your goals just out of reach.
As long as your subconscious mind thinks that you are safer being out-of-shape then you'll be stuck.
Your most valiant efforts will be undermined...