You’re smart and well informed about lots of things in life, so why is it so tough for you to stay fit and healthy?
You may have lots of excuses, and no doubt you have a heap of challenges facing you, but don’t let these excuses be your reason for not achieving your health goals.
We certainly have unlimited access to cheap fast food, snack foods, and soft drinks, and we seem to have less time than ever before to prepare healthy meals. But, when you become more mindful of the everyday obstacles that can lead to weight gain, this can help you to avoid and overcome these obstacles in the future.
5 Major Diet Saboteurs
1. You Say, “I’ll Start Tomorrow”
Many dieters repeat this line over and over again, and especially at weekend’s, when Monday seems like a great day to start once again.
But let’s face it, Monday is a big enough pain without adding to it.
Remember, you’ll be exactly the same person you are right now, tomorrow, Monday, or January 1st, so why not get the part you’ve been dreading over with now, and start immediately.
You may just find it wasn’t as difficult as you imagined.
Start by making a resolve to be more healthy right from this second, and go get a big glass of water to drink right away. Yes, even if it’s 9:30 on a Thursday evening… start IMMEDIATELY!
2. You Expect Miracles
One area that people expect miracles from is exercise. Obviously, regular cardiovascular and strength training exercise will help you to tone up and lose some pounds. In fact, it is vital for long-term success.
However, if you believe that those 45 minutes you just spent sweating away at the gym, allows you to treat yourself to a creamy coffee and donut on the way home, you’re way off the mark.
Think of exercise as a way to tone your muscles, and prevent lose of muscle mass as you lose weight. Then, focus on your diet for shedding those extra pounds.
Ultimately, exercise will help to boost your metabolism, which will burn more calories in the end. But, you need to make the deficit in your diet — that’s a huge part.
3. Your Mentality Is “All or Nothing”
Trying to attain a perfect diet is crippling. You know this, but I’ll say it again, perfectionism isn’t possible in anything, or anyone. So, stop using that as a way to avoid doing what you know you need to do.
Rather than stopping and restarting your diet each time something doesn’t go to plan, get back on track immediately, keep going, and don’t allow yourself to be racked with guilt.
There is no such thing as a “perfect” diet day, so just do the best you can, and get on with your life.
4. You Don’t Have “Time” For Exercise
I had this excuse from someone I was talking to recently. She had every reason under the sun as to why exercise was difficult, and she hates it.
For some of you, you may not have the pleasure of a nice safe park to jog around, or a gym next door. Perhaps you hate swimming, and you don’t have the motivation to workout to a DVD on your own, but you also don’t want to join an exercise class with other people around.
That may be the case, but there are so many activities you could do. You need to make the choice to find something you like and do it — you have to want to find it first, though.
5. You’re Extremely Impatient
Unless you’re losing 5 pounds per week, you deem your efforts a complete waste of time, and quit trying.
Perhaps the weight is simply falling off your friend, and you’ve been following a similar plan, so what’s the point of you trying when you obviously “can’t” lose weight.
That attitude is a huge mistake.
Actual fat loss depends on so many things, including your weight, your age, your sex, your level of activity, the foods you eat, your genetics, and a whole host of other factors.
Instead of quitting, then feeling bad about your efforts, try re-evaluating what you are currently doing.
Perhaps you need to make a few changes to your diet. Perhaps you need to increase your exercise effort. Or, perhaps you just need to stick with it, and ride out the storm in your mind.
Stick-ability is undoubtedly the key to weight loss success! There is no magic formula.
Get your mind focused on what matters. Namely, how much better you feel, how much more energy you have, how much more positive your attitude is, when your lifestyle is healthy.
These are the things that matter, not the numbers on your weighing scales.
In terms of weight loss, it is important to realize that you are up against a whole lot of potential saboteurs. But, by simply being more aware of these obstacles, it will empower you to make more informed decisions.
What are your biggest diet saboteurs? And, how have you overcome them?