How to Hang in There During Weight Loss Struggles
When you’re trying to get in shape and lose the excess fat from your body, you likely expect to run into certain weight loss struggles. While some are easy enough to cope with, others can be very challenging.
Often, the way we overcome the various weight loss struggles has a direct impact on whether or not we will be successful in reaching our goal and maintaining it. Yes, the name of the game is primarily eating right and exercising, but there’s a lot more to it than just that. The body is a highly complex machine. This means that there are many factors to take into consideration when you’re hoping to change the way it looks or functions.
The following are the 3 most common weight loss struggles and how you can make changes to overcome them:
You’re eating the wrong food balance
If you’re going to lose weight and keep it off, then you likely shouldn’t think in terms of foods that you should or should not eat. If you stop eating your favorite foods, it will not be something you can maintain over time. Instead, consider your portion sizes. Start learning about the recommended serving sizes of the various foods you eat. It is a learning process, but take your time and pick it up gradually. What you’ll find is that if you eat many of the same foods but in a different balance, it can make a massive difference to your appetite and your caloric intake. A nutrition tracker such as ShareFit can be very helpful in this area.
You’re spending too much time sitting
Even if you’re getting 45 minutes of exercise every day, it doesn’t meant that you can be sedentary the rest of the time. Getting enough exercise is very important, but so is making sure you’re not sitting for eight straight hours at a time. It’s not only bad for your weight loss. It’s also bad for your health. Ideally, you should get up, stretch and move around a bit every 20 minutes. Realistically, just make sure you don’t sit for longer periods than an hour at a time. If it’s getting close to an hour since you last got up, stand and take around 200 steps. You can easily do this by walking briskly around for about 5 minutes or if you have less time than that, sprint on the spot. If you really can’t dedicate any time to moving, do this every half hour. Then you need to sprint on the spot only half as long at a time. If you’re low on energy, a fat burning supplement can help keep you going to burn more fat while you’re at it.
You’re rewarding yourself in the wrong way
We all have a terrible habit of feeling proud of ourselves and feeling entitled to a reward. It’s not the fact that we reward ourselves that is bad for our progress. It’s the rewards we choose. If you tell yourself you were great for having oatmeal for breakfast and a salad for lunch before you took that walk, and then sit down to a massive cheeseburger and fries with a sundae for dessert because you “earned” it, then you’re working against yourself. We’re all entitled to a treat now and again, but if you’re rewarding yourself in the wrong way quite frequently, then you might find that after all your hard work, you won’t lose a pound. You might even gain. Reconsider your rewards. Think about taking yourself to the movie instead of getting a fast food meal. Consider a spa day instead of a night out drinking and eating pub food.