The following is a guest post from Caroline. She’s giving advice on how to stop making excuses to lose weight and be healthier. Bottom line: stop making excuses.
Like any long-term goal, weight loss plans can be difficult to maintain focus for the long haul. The longer you work toward your goal, the easier it is to veer off course.
It can be easy to make weight loss excuses and sabotage yourself. The scale tells the truth, though. If you’ve hit a plateau or started to gain, it’s time to take a hard look at your habits and figure out what’s led you astray.
Here are five weight loss excuses you might be guilty of using to sabotage your weight loss.
Weight Loss Excuse #1: Time
Not having enough time is a convenient weight loss excuse to put off doing something you’re not excited to be doing. We all have 24 hours per day. So how is it some people can plan and prepare healthy meals and work out while others can’t find the time?
The answer: priorities. If you can’t find the time to work out or eat well, it’s because you’ve decided other things in your life take priority. You have time to work out, but it may mean sacrifices in other areas. For example, you might have to cut back on checking social media or watching your favorite TV show. It’s amazing how much extra time that’ll free up for you to pursue your goal.
There are a lot of time-saving products available to help you stay on track. A meal delivery service, like Hello Fresh, can deliver all you need to prepare healthy food. This service means you can skip the hassle of meal planning and grocery shopping. Best of all, you can make your healthy dinners in 30 minutes or less.
You can fit workouts into your daily routine in a lot of ways. A portable fitness device, like the Fitbit, counts your steps every day. Or you can use a free resource such as YouTube. The site has hundreds of thousands of fitness videos available for free. Since you can access them from anywhere, you’re left with no excuse to skip your workout.
Weight Loss Excuse #2: Fitness Level
Deciding you’re too unhealthy to start a program means you’re giving up. No matter what fitness challenges you face, there’s something you can do to improve. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Before you begin a weight-loss program, it’s important to check with your doctor. Medical advice is critical if you have pre-existing health conditions. Your physician can run tests to gauge your current fitness levels. He or she will use that information to make recommendations.
As your fitness improves, your doctor will likely repeat the tests to track your progress. You can use the test results to review your progress. Additionally, they make a great inspirational tool to keep moving forward.
You can use a program like My Medical to store your records. The program makes it easy to access them whenever you want to see how far you’ve come. Storing medical records online can be scary. You should consider using a proxy service to protect the privacy of your records.
Weight Loss Excuse #3: Knowledge
Low carb, low fat, calorie counting, weight loss meetings—the list of weight loss options goes on and on. With almost endless information available online, it’s easy to procrastinate starting your plan. It might seem that having many options would be the best way to find the perfect method for you to achieve results. In reality, having too many choices available leads to decision fatigue and procrastination.
Do yourself a favor and narrow your program choices to three options. Then you can do your research and make a decision from those three options. You’ll feel less overwhelmed by all the choices, and it’ll be easier to make a good choice.
Once you’ve made your decision, commit to it and get started. Don’t waste time and energy wondering if you made the right choice. Focus on being successful with the program you’ve chosen, and you’ll be more likely to succeed.
Weight Loss Excuse #4: Money
Americans spend more than $60 billion every year trying to lose weight. Yet, there’s no real correlation between money spent and weight loss. Spending more money on weight loss doesn’t guarantee you’ll lose more weight.
If financial issues are holding you back, consider changing your mindset. You don’t need a personal chef and an expensive gym membership to lose weight. There are tons of free fitness apps you can download for your workout. There are also thousands of free workout videos on YouTube. Additionally, you can find free, healthy recipes on hundreds of blogs, just like this one.
Weight loss doesn’t have to be expensive. As you stop eating so much packaged food, limit eating out and move your body more, you’ll save money. Healthier meals and eating less doesn’t cost as much as you think.
Weight Loss Excuse #5: Laziness
Laziness is a harder excuse to pinpoint because you don’t want to admit you’re too lazy to cook or workout. So, instead, you bury it with some of the other weight loss excuses, such as being too busy or not having enough money.
A good way to combat this excuse when it comes to exercise is to get a personal trainer or a workout partner. When someone is counting on you to show up to a workout, you’ll be less likely to skip it.
If preparing healthy food is where you tend to get lazy, try some simple planning. Have a day where you prep the basics of what you’ll eat each week. That makes it simple and easy to put together your meals quickly.
You should also put together a list of meals from nearby restaurants that fit in with your weight loss plan. That way, if you hit an unexpected snag and need to grab something quickly, you can choose from your list. Then you won’t be tempted by unhealthy foods.
Making a big lifestyle change isn’t easy, but it’s worthwhile. Check in with yourself periodically and consider your motivations for losing weight. Stay in touch with your goals and the reasons behind them. It’ll help you stay focused. Remembering your “why” makes it easier to spot any weight loss excuses you’re using to sabotage your plan.
About the Author: Caroline is a proponent of the “healthy mind, healthy body” philosophy. She enthusiastically encourages others to adopt that mantra as their own. She enjoys cooking tasty, nutritious recipes and regularly practices yoga and Pilates. Most of all, she loves sharing her healthy lifestyle knowledge and inspiring others to live healthier lifestyles as well.