My 7 Top Reasons Why I think people CANT LOSE WEIGHT!
1. YOU ALWAYS HAVE AN EXCUSE
Do you always seem to have a reason not to exercise or eat healthily? “Oh I’m too tired to exercise. I’ll go tomorrow.” I’ll wait till after my Birthday or Xmas” “I’m too busy to go to the gym”
If you have been saying these things to yourself during the past few months, years, decades, you should probably realize by now that it’s not really about the situation – it is about yourself.
You’re not going to lose your weight by pointing fingers at others or your circumstances, be it your parents, your friends, your environment, your country, the society, the media, or the world. The minute you take responsibility for your current weight, you will realise it’s up to you to achieve your ideal weight. No excuses, no nothing. It’s up to you to set healthy living goals, create healthy living plans, and execute them, so you can get started on living your ideal life.
2. YOU EAT MORE THAN YOU SHOULD
If you are overweight due to excess fat not muscle that means you have been consuming more calories than your body needs which in turn has led to the excess calories being stored away as fat deposits, around your body.
Take charge of your meals by keep a weekly/monthly food diary.
Take Ownership over what you put into your body and work out how much you should be consuming in a a day
Learn to say no
3. YOU ARE AN EMOTIONAL EATER
You eat to feed your emotions, such as when you feel stressed out, unhappy, anxious, angry, disappointed, empty.
Since eating triggers the release of serotonin, a hormone believed to contribute to happy feelings, you feel happy for a short while. It seems like the eating is justified because you emerge a happier person.
? Start with a ‘relaxation appetizer’. Take a few minutes, breath and smell your food. And feel the fullness of the moment.
? Instead of reaching mindlessly for your poor choice of Chocolate (hand-to-mouth), fill yourself up on carrots & healthy dip. Yes they take a little more preparation but it’s irrelevant when you are trying to break this activity of self-feeding.
? Take moments throughout your meals to breath & focus on the food in front of you. Accept and even revel in the healthy meal and enjoy it!
? Quality, not quantity. When you do resort to comfort food pay top dollar. This will not only make you think again but will give you greater appreciation of what you do eat, while also helping you slow down and minimise the collateral damage.
? Take comfort in knowing your food choices are aiding your health – whenever you make the right choices.
? Accept emotional eating as a coping choice, not a coping must.
If you eat to cope, then just eat. When it comes to ‘conscious’ emotional eating make it as conscious as possible – turn off the TV, don’t distract yourself with reading material just allow yourself to have that moment.
4. YOU ARE NOT ON THE RIGHT DIET
There are a lot of different diets out there, from high protein, to low carb, to slow carb, to low fat etc. So I’m not going to suggest what diet you should but I’ve personally found the low carb diet work effective for me. Where quality of food is concerned, cut out junk food, fast food, highly processed food, sugar, sweeteners, most dairy etc.
5. YOU DONT WORKOUT
You don’t do any exercise at all. Wake up, eat, sit, use the computer, lay on the couch, watch TV, lie on the bed, sleep. The cycle starts all over again the next day.
Firstly, start exercising. At least three times a week, 30 minutes each time. You can gradually increase this as you go along and get fitter.
When you exercise, incorporate resistance training.
If you find it hard to exercise because there are no ready exercising facilities near you, buy a home workout dvd and get started in your living room.
6. YOUR METABOLISM IS ALL OVER THE SHOW
This happens when you have a history with yo-yo weight loss, bulimia, anorexia, starvation diets or excessive exercise regimes.
The reason why such practices have damaging effects to your metabolism is because they reduce your lean body mass. When your body gets a severely reduced food intake, it turns to your next available energy source – your muscle group – for energy.
They put your body in “starvation mode”. This means your body creates a lockdown on its energy reserves because it thinks that it’s in a famine and it needs to preserve its energy.
Start with mindset, reestablish your goals and why you are going what your doing.
Increase meal frequency: Eat five to six small meals per day and don’t skip meals
Eat natural natural, unprocessed whole foods lean proteins like chicken, turkey, egg whites and fish green vegetables, salad vegetables and other fibrous carbs.
Weight train: The basic exercises that include the largest muscle groups. Squats, front squats, split squats, deadlifts, stiff legged deadlifts, overhead presses, all kinds of rows and core-activation exercises will have a much greater metabolism stimulating effect than isolation exercises
7. YOU DONT KNOW WHERE TO START
Lucky for me, Im educated and know exactly where to start with my training and diet but for most they don’t.
With so many diets, exercise programs, personal trainers all claiming they have an answer to every solution, know wonder people don’t know where to start.
Do you research, call a local personal trainer, ask for background info only previous clients and transformations. Find an exercise routine that fits into your life and you enjoy. Make sure you are doing this for long term health and not just another quick fix.