Weight loss comes with its own unique set of challenges. Fortunately, if you know they're coming, you'll be prepared to handle them. Here are five common weight-loss obstacles, and how to overcome them. 

1. Hitting a plateau

Most people experience plateaus during their weight loss, or periods during which they don't lose any weight. These phases are normal, but they can be discouraging. If you find yourself going from weigh-in to weigh-in with little change, don't beat yourself up. Take this opportunity to re-evaluate what you've been doing and to re-establish any habits you may have let slip.

"As you lose weight, you start to burn fewer calories."

Some plateaus are actually a result of the changes your body has made. When you're heavier, you burn more calories each day. As you lose weight, you start to burn fewer calories. You might need to try a new exercise routine to give yourself a bigger challenge and use more energy. You're not alone - most people hit plateaus during their weight loss. It's totally normal, and if you keep following your plan, weight loss will begin again. 

2. Feeling overwhelmed

A lot of people who want to lose weight try to change too many things at once. As a result, they end up totally overwhelmed, and ultimately abandon their efforts. The solution to this is not only simple, it's also your best bet for success - take small steps.

For example, the Food Lover's Fat Loss System comes with a step-by-step guide to the first three weeks of your weight-loss journey. That's 21 day's worth of tiny changes - one each day - so you slowly build better habits. Not only does this make each change a lot easier to handle, but it also helps you have a strong foundation for taking your new lifestyle into the future.

3. Craving "guilty" pleasures

One of the most common reasons people give up their attempts at weight loss is because they have cravings for foods they think they shouldn't be eating. The easiest way to overcome this roadblock? Eat the foods. Apart from literal poison, there is no single food or meal that's going to ruin your health. Instead of giving up entirely, find ways to add your favorites into a healthier eating plan. You can come up with alternative recipes, or simply cut the frequency of these meals down. Following a weight-loss plan that gives you the flexibility to eat the foods you'd like might be the difference between long-term failure and success. 

More importantly, reject the idea that some foods are guilt-inducing or that eating them is cheating. There's a weird convention of applying morals to eating certain foods - shedding these negative associations will help you have these meals in moderation, without tricking yourself into an all-or-nothing mentality.

4. Getting hungry between meals

If you're only eating three meals a day, there's a good chance you're going to feel hungry in between. This is particularly likely when you're transitioning to eating lighter meals with fewer calories. You can avoid this by adding snacks in between your meals, so you're actually eating  six to seven times per day. Not only will you feel less hungry throughout the day, but this actually helps your metabolism run more efficiently so you'll burn more fat. Great snack options include fruits, veggies and nuts - these types of foods are nutritionally dense, and will help you have a more balanced diet overall.

Adding healthy snacks between meals will boost your metabolism and help you stay full. Adding healthy snacks between meals will boost your metabolism and help you stay full.

5. Isolation

It's easy to feel alone when you're trying to lose weight. Unless you have a safe community to talk to, you can start to get the impression that you're totally on your own. This isn't just discouraging - it can actually make it a lot harder. According to a study published in the research journal Obesity, having a supportive social network can make a huge difference in whether you see results. Try to find a group or buddy you can rely on for motivation. Food Lovers has online forums and communities for this exact purpose - once you join a board or group, you'll know you're not dealing with these hurdles alone.

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