6 Reasons You’re Sabotaging Your Weight-Loss Goals — and How to Stop

The term “yo-yo dieting” is so passé, don’t you think? Today, those of us who reach weight loss goals (or close to them) and then head right back into our bad habits are called “self-sabotagers.”

I know this personally because I am a major diet self-sabotager. My husband is a diet self-sabotager too. We get so close to our goals that we can almost taste it… and then we actually do. We get cocky, slack off, watch the scale bounce back up, and then we start all over again. That is the cycle of self-sabotage.

Can that cycle of self-sabotage be broken? According to Debi Silber, aka The Mojo Coach, we sure can overcome our own self-sabotage. For decades, Debi has helped women reach their ultimate body, mind, self-image, and lifestyle, inspiring them to “get their mojo back.”  Here’s how:

How can people break the habit of self-sabotage?  What I do with my clients is find out what it is they really want personally and professionally, then find the shortest and most direct path to get them there so they can live the life they want most.

Awareness comes first. We can’t change anything we’re not aware of. That is actually a huge part of my program. I even have physical tools I give my clients to help create awareness, and there’s never been a week where someone doesn’t say “I can’t believe how often I…” or “Wow, I never knew I…” That is awareness and it becomes the first important step towards changing what doesn’t work.

Then we work on creating new habits and mindset.  For example, until we make exercise a priority it will be the first thing to get bounced off our busy “to-do” list.  Additionally, having a positive outlook and confident mindset will, in time, become habit.  Since most of what we do is based on ritualistic habit, it is crucial to look at our habits, exchanging the ones that don’t serve us for new ones that take us where we want to go

What are the top reasons why people sabotage themselves from having complete control over their mojo?  

  • 6 Reasons why we self-sabotage 1 of 7
    6 Reasons why we sabotage our diets

    There are six factors that can contribute to sabotage:

  • Fear 2 of 7

    Fear holds us back from the best of everything.  And that can be fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, and fear of change.

  • Limiting beliefs 3 of 7
    Limiting beliefs

    Limiting beliefs keep us "safe" and stuck. We believe something old, negative, or outdated that doesn't serve us, and hang onto that belief at the expense of our health and well-being.

  • Negative mindset 4 of 7
    Negative mindset

    A mindset and perspective that's negative or pessimistic prevents us from being, doing, and having more.


  • Poor habits 5 of 7
    Beautiful Young Woman choosing between Fruits and Sweets

    Some of us simply have habits that prevent us from looking, feeling, and living our best. For example, exercise fits into this category perfectly. A new habit can be getting up early, putting on the fitness clothes before leaving the bedroom, and working out the first opportunity you have. Wearing the clothes gives us that mental head start which is half the battle and is a way to create new habits.

  • Relationships 6 of 7

    Our relationships can propel us forward or they can hold us back. If we're spending time with people who are critical, judgmental, negative, unsupportive, and walk around with a "lack" mentality, we'll take on those qualities and think less of ourselves. When we're with people who are inspiring, uplifting, positive and filled with energy, we step up our game. Take a look at whom you're spending your time with and it will tell you a lot about how you feel.


  • Lack of awareness 7 of 7
    Lacok of awareness

    Unfortunately for many of us, it takes an illness, crisis, tragedy, or trauma to "wake us up" and evaluate how we've been living and if we're headed in a direction that takes us where we want to go. Without that shakeup, many of us unconsciously go through our days with the greatest goal possibly being no more than simply getting through our day.


Please note that this post is intended to share information and ideas, as well as to create conversation. Please consult a health professional before making changes to your lifestyle.

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