The formula for getting rid of extra pounds seems straightforward enough. A person’s caloric expenditure must exceed the amount of calories consumed. It should be a simple process. But seasoned dieters know that losing weight is more complicated than just moving more and eating less. The sad truth is that it’s hard to manage a weight loss plan. When you’re on a diet it seems as if the whole world is conspiring against you –all in an effort to make you fat. There are many excuses people use to validate a skipped workout session or an unhealthy bingefest; and none of them are any good. Therefore, it is important to keep things in perspective and negate excuses before they counter your weight loss efforts.
THE EXCUSES AND THEIR SOLUTIONS
There’s no time!
Then make time. A busy schedule is no reason to ignore your health. In fact, it should incite more reason to stay active. How can you shoulder your workload when you’re feeling less than fit? Regular exercise should be part of everyone’s weekly routine. Ideally, people ought to get 3-5 thirty minute sessions per week. It’s all just a matter of proper time management.
The Solution: Get up earlier than usual and workout in the morning so you don’t have to worry about it later on. When done right, strength and interval training can also rev up your metabolism for hours after –allowing you to burn more calories in the long run. Still don’t want to wake up early? Divide your workout into 3 ten minute sessions throughout the day to make sure you’re getting enough exercise.
It’s so inconvenient!
It may seem like it, but really there’s nothing convenient about junk food. The few minutes you save on quick solutions can’t make up for the time you’ll have to spend in the gym or the doctor’s office when obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes set in. Besides, there are tons of recipes available online which are delicious and easy to make.
The Solution: Set aside healthy snacks and pre-made meals. That way, when you’re looking for something to eat you don’t head straight for chips or chocolate. Always have a backup plan in your fridge to heat up or bite into, to discourage over reliance on calorie-dense fast food.
I got dumped!
Emotions have the ability to dictate the severity of a person’s appetite. Stress and sadness can cause you to head straight for the ice cream portion of your freezer. But remember that this is just a passing feeling. Don’t let life’s drama get the best of you or your diet. Crushed by the wheels of the dump truck? Bummed that you lost out on that promotion? Upset by the sudden surge of paperwork? It would be better to vent out in the gym. This is because exercise makes your body produce endorphins that counteract stress hormones known as cortisol. You’ll feel better in no time.
The Solution: If exercise is not an option, make sure to at least focus on your diet. Find out why it is you’re so upset and talk about it with a friend or write it down in a journal. Just make sure to keep emotional eating at bay or you’ll really have something to cry about.
Healthy food has the bad reputation of being bland and boring. But there are lots of ways to spice up your diet, literally. Adding spices –like nutmeg, cinnamon, chili pepper, turmeric or cumin can add depth and flavor without stacking on the calories. The key is to be creative with your menu; even salads can be fun if you use your imagination.
The Solution: Search online or in the cooking section of your favorite bookstore for yummy low calorie recipes you can look forward to. In terms of exercise, just look for one that you genuinely enjoy. It could be anything from walking to kite flying, dragon boat rowing to kickboxing. Long, grueling gym sessions need not be a prerequisite for weight loss unless that’s what you’re into.
My friends are making me fat!
Dump your friends, just kidding. In all seriousness, just talk to them about what you’re trying to achieve. The more they understand, the better they can help you. And if they were true friends, they’ll want to support your mission to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
The Solution: Form a weight loss group to help you stay motivated without feeling as though you’ve had to sacrifice your social life. Going on hikes, joining a tri-clinic or even playing laser tag are fun and affordable ways to keep in shape with your friends.
I’ve been so good!
Many people make the mistake of using food as a reward for their healthy efforts during the weekdays. They use this consciousness to give themselves the right to binge out over the weekend. However, these cheat days may do more harm than good because it counteracts everything you’ve worked for so far.
The Solution: Find other ways to reward yourself. Why not save up for a new wardrobe for when you hit your target weight? Or get a facial at your nearest Belo Clinic whenever you drop a jean size as a way of keeping you motivated.
I have no will power!
The biggest mistake a dieter can make is to set up too many boundaries. These strict limitations only inspire frustration, which leads the disheartened individual to disregard the diet altogether. Just remember that falling off the wagon for one day won’t make you fat –but make it a habit and you WILL gain weight.
The Solution: It’s simple, don’t deprive yourself! You’re allowed to treat yourself to guilty pleasures every once in a while. But make sure to moderate your consumption of indulgent dishes. Be aware of portion size, and how much you’re really eating.
There will always be excuses to give up. But none of them will get you to where you want or need to go. It seems like the world is against you when you’re trying to lose weight. But really, you’re your own worst enemy. Especially if you keep coming up with reasons why you can’t succeed.
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