This idea of overly trying too hard to lose weight actually holding you back is more of a psychological barrier than a physical one. When you set your sights high and then set about doing everything you can to achieve a tough goal, you may find yourself trying harder than you are mentally capable. When that happens, your brain figuratively holds up its hands and calls a time out.
Trying too hard often tends to lead to rapid burn out in any task, and losing weight is no different. You want to take it at a pace that is comfortable for you without overdoing it. That way you give yourself breathing space to take a step back every now and again and take stock of how far you’ve come, where you are and how much you have achieved during that time.
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Having this breathing space, or leeway is important to your mental attitude because it lifts any tight restrictions you may place upon yourself by going all out and trying too hard to do what you can just as easily do by not being so all out in your face about every ounce that you are losing.
So if you think you are trying a little too hard and coming up against a wall, take a step back and take stock of where you are and how far away you are from what you want to achieve. If it’s still way too far, then lower your sights a little so the horizon is closer and your goal is more achievable. If you are closer than you imagined, then that’s good because you can now relax a little in the knowledge that what you are doing is working and you can stop trying so hard to make something work that is working fine just as it is!