We’ve all been there, you decide that you want to lose a few pounds, so you start eating better, maybe kick up the workouts a bit, but the numbers on the scale don’t move. In fact, sometimes they even go up.
Your enthusiasm comes to a grinding halt and pretty quickly, you find yourself giving up and going back to your old ways. Read along the following 7 things you can do to give yourself the best chance of reaching your goals.
1. You don’t eat enough.
This is a dangerous one and many of us know more about calorie restriction than we are willing to admit. It can be tough to accept, but when you go below what you need, it actually starts messing around with your metabolism. Not only are you most likely not getting enough nutrients, but you are slowly starving yourself. Worse yet, there will be a time when you find yourself standing in front of your fridge, inhaling everything in sight. This also extends to not eliminating food groups. Unless you have allergies or actual food sensitivities, for long term weight loss it’s vital that you eat well balanced meals.
2. You don’t drink enough water.
Not only is drinking water a must for beautiful skin, but it also aids in digestion and helps with portion control. Have a large glass of water before you eat and you’ll find that it helps to fill you up and as a bonus, also keeps you from reaching for those sugary drinks.
3. You skip meals.
Skipping meals is just as bad as not eating enough. Think of your metabolism as a finely tuned machine. If you don’t give it enough fuel, it won’t work properly. If you skip breakfast, you won’t have enough fuel in your body for a work out.
4. You eat too much.
Yes, yes, first we say that you aren’t eating enough then we say that you are eating too much. The truth is that it’s all about the balance. You know that saying, “too much of a good thing”. Well, that applies to food as well. You might be eating the healthiest meals, but if you have too many or the portions are too large, you will gain weight. It’s really not very complicated. Try to approach your meals in a somewhat scientific way by planning out what and how much you will eat. That doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy your meals and of course, you should sometimes let go and indulge a little, but when you have a plan you tend to stick with it.
5. You keep doing the same workout.
Your body gets used to doing the same movements over and over again and it’s important to challenge it. Not only is this important for injury prevention, but trying different types of exercises will keep you motivated and moving.
6. You aren’t being honest about your efforts.
This is a favourite of many women and it applies to what you are eating and how much you are exercising. You’ve probably lost count of how many times you hear someone say that they are very active, but what it amounts to is a casual Saturday stroll. Or that they eat healthy, but conveniently forget all the extra snacking that goes on. The best thing to do when you are embarking on a new diet/fitness regime, is to write down what you are doing. Sometimes the reality can be shocking but it’s well worth it.
7. You don’t sleep enough.
We are all guilty of this, but getting enough sleep is crucial to success. Did you know that when you are tired, you tend to eat more? While getting a good night’s sleep may not eliminate stress, it will go a long way to helping you cope.
Let’s face facts, when you set huge goals it can be tough to stay motivated, especially when it seems like it’s taking forever to reach them. The key is to set small goals and celebrate every time you reach one. Adding a few minutes of exercise to your day and tweaking your food intake just a little bit at each meal is very doable, just don’t make it an all or nothing thing. Most of all, don’t let something like a diet consume your life. Good luck.