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I Lost 100 Lbs and These are the Reasons Why You Can't Lose Weight

It’s more than just counting calories and exercising, she says. 

Are you struggling to lose weight, even though you have been trying forever? There is one thing that might be preventing you from achieving the body of your dreams: You. Bella Johnson (@allthings_bella) is a TikTok influencer and weight loss warrior who dropped a whopping 100 pounds via diet and exercise. In a new video, she explains that weight loss involves much more than just counting calories and hitting the gym – you have to change your mindset. "The biggest question that I get is, what motivated me to lose weight? Or can I give people tips to lose weight?" she says in the clip. Find out what she recommends and also what The Body Network's Resident RDN, The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian thinks about her tactics. 

Be Consistent and Patient, She Says


"My biggest tip to you guys would be to be consistent," says Bella. "I think that sometimes y'all want these immediate results and you don't get these immediate results, so you just quit. But honestly, it takes time. Nothing is just going to happen overnight."

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Work For It


"You got to work for it," she adds. "Just like you work for everything else, you have to work for it. Are you working hard enough to accomplish your goals? Are you working hard enough to get to your designated weight loss goal? Are you putting in the work or do you just want it handed to you and not be just handed to you?" She adds that it's "a never ending battle, and until you yourself put it in your mind that this is something that I want to do and I'm going to stick to it and I'm going to be serious with it, you will never see results."

It Takes a "Behavior Change"


"Losing weight and keeping it off is one of the most difficult behavior changes there is. You are constantly faced with challenges because we eat many times each day and the environment around us encourages high calorie foods and large portions," says Collingwood, pointing out that you have to think about your "why" in "order to commit to the changes that will lead to results," and "you will need to make 100+ food decisions each day," she adds. "You will need to motivate to move and exercise throughout the day.  You will need to get the rest and sleep required of your body.  All of this takes discipline and without a strong reason why you want to make these changes you will not likely stick with it for a long time."

Create a Plan and Stick to It


"Create a plan, stick to the plan, and just make sure you show up for yourself every single day. If you truly want to change and you truly want to lose weight, you'll find the time to show up for yourself every day," Bella says. "Having a plan is key," agrees Collingwood. "Planning your meals and snacks and doing food prep to have them ready and easily accessible can keep you away from the temptation of restaurant food and vending machines." She suggests making a plan of when you will exercise and what you will do for that exercise as well. "It won't just magically appear in your day. You have to plan it in and make sure you have clothes, shoes, equipment, gym, etc. to make it happen!"

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Hold Yourself Accountable


"You better not have nobody to hold your hand. You may not have nobody to be there rooting you on. Be your biggest cheerleader, be your biggest cheerleader. Hold yourself accountable because at the end of the day, this is your goal. This is something that you want to do. So how bad do you want it?" Bella asks. "Have a plan for setbacks because they will happen," adds Collingwood. "When you have a little (or big) slip in your plan, how will you bounce back and get back onto the plan? How will you stay accountable? Find the right accountability for you:  Stickers on a calendar, various apps, checking in with a partner, and more."

💪🔥Body Booster: Start your weight loss journey by coming up with a plan and writing it down. Be sure to include what you will do if you slip off track.

@allthings_bella Lets be honest.. the reason you are NOT losing weight is because YOU don't want to lose weight… everyday you wake up and say "ima start tomorrow, or ima start Monday."… why not start today?? Tomorrow isn't promised!!! You don't know what tomorrow will bring! Do it now!! Do it scared, do it willingly!! And DON'T GIVE UP!! If its motivation you need, then find you a likeminded group or tribe to join… if its meal inspo.. there are plenty on social media… whatever it is… pray about it and stop letting it hold you back!! And if you need an EXTRA push… join my March 30 day Weight Loss Challenge!! #weightlosstips #weightlossmotivation #rant #keto #lowcarb #ketoforbeginners ♬ Chopin Nocturne No. 2 Piano Mono – moshimo sound design

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