What to Do When You Feel You Aren’t Losing Weight Fast Enough

by | Jan 16, 2017

Over the past nine months Agata has had some success in being healthier, but is disappointed that she hasn’t lost much weight. She started slowly by being more active and noticed she had more energy and looked more toned.

Despite the benefits she felt, her wedding was approaching and she still hoped to lose some more weight. Agata decided to focus more on her diet, although she didn’t want to be too strict, so she started eating more vegetables and cut down on processed foods. She enjoyed this and didn’t feel deprived, and proceeded to lose five more pounds.

Her wedding came and went, and she was happy, but she’s still wondering why she hasn’t had more success with weight loss.

She called to ask me, “Am I doing something wrong?”

Agata’s impatience with weight loss is something I hear often from new foodists, particularly those with a history of dieting who expect rapid weight loss.

In this episode I help Agata reframe her disappointment with her results as what it is––success with room to improve––and help her identify new target habits to build on the progress she’s made so far.

Wish you had more time to listen to the podcast? I use an app called Overcast (no affiliation) to play back my favorite podcasts at faster speeds, dynamically shortening silences in talk shows so it doesn’t sound weird. It’s pretty rad.


Related links:

Foodist book

Home Court Habits

How Being Too Productive Can Lead to Overeating (and How to Stop It)

How Yoga and Mindful Eating Helped Sherry Lose 16 lbs Without Effort

Foodist Kitchen



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3 Responses to “What to Do When You Feel You Aren’t Losing Weight Fast Enough”

  1. nicole says:

    I listened to this (the first for me of your podcasts) and thought what you had to say about habits was just so smart and really clicked for me. The idea that losing weight/changing your food health style is not just a matter of putting food in your mouth, but developing many different habits makes so much sense and explains why it takes time. Love the way you explained that and happy i found your blog.

  2. Angela says:

    Loved this podcast! What is the best way to add a new habit? How to choose the next habit (easiest?) and when is it okay to add another?


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