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#1 Mistake That Prevents You From Losing Weight, According to Woman Who Lost 120 Lbs

One fitness expert explains that weight loss success isn’t just about calories in and out. 

It's no secret that weight loss boils down to an equation: You need to burn more calories than you are taking in, otherwise known as a caloric deficit. However, before some people can get there, they may have to tackle mental obstacles. Indya Agos (@indyaagos) is a nutrition and fitness coach and social media influencer who has lost a whopping 120 pounds herself. In her videos she regularly shares the tips and tricks that helped her lose weight. In one viral video, she gets open and honest about the biggest mistake people make when trying to lose weight – and it has to do with their mind. The Body Network also asked The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, to weigh in. 

She Says, "You Don't Want It Bad Enough"

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"Girl, I don't think you're lazy. I just don't think you want it bad enough. How many times have you wanted something to happen in your life and you made it happen because that's how badly you wanted it?" she starts off by saying. 

Not Knowing Where to Start Isn't an Excuse. Just Start.


"Saying, I have no idea where to start is an excuse. I understand that it's overwhelming, but you just have to start," she continues. 

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You Have to "Leave Your Comfort Zone"


The "reason why you're not transforming your life is because you don't want to leave your comfort zone," she maintains. "You prefer the comfort of your excuses versus facing your fears, which the underlying tone is you're scared to fail, right?"

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If You Fail, You Will Learn From It


"Failure is always an opportunity to learn, and you only fail if you quit. The only person that's holding you back from achieving the life that you want to live is yourself. And I tell you that with conviction," she states. 

Nothing Worked for Her "Until I Decided I Wanted It," She Says


"As somebody who's lost 120 pounds, nothing worked until I decided I wanted it. Nothing stuck until I decided I wanted it, and I went out there and I didn't take no for an answer from anyone, not even myself," she concludes. 

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RDN Weighs In


"I agree wholeheartedly that a person needs to dig deeply into their motivations for making behavior change, especially when it comes to weight loss," says Collingwood. "Exercise and pushing the plate away are really difficult habits to embrace. It is more fun to watch Netflix on the couch and eat yummy high calorie foods. If you don't want it badly enough you might start but you won't stick with it. I have people put their motivations on sticky notes around the house as reminders. I also have them review their plan every morning as part of their motivation for the day."

💪🔥Body Booster:: Understanding your motivation plays a key part in weight loss. Spend a moment thinking about why you "want it" and remind yourself of that daily. 

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more