5 ways to totally fail at weight loss
Have you set out to lose weight, not achieved your target weight and given up? Many times over? Thats true for so many people – me included. The good news is that being prepared can help prevent you making the same mistakes.
Does anything on the following list sound familiar? Now is the time to overcome these failures so you start losing the weight and keep it off.
#1. Unrealistic weight loss goals
If you are expecting to lose 5 kgs in one week then you’re setting yourself up for failure. If you don’t lose those 5kgs you’ll soon give up trying and all that rush will be for nought. Keep your goals small and achievable – A better goal is half a kg per week. Over the course of a several weeks or even months it will add up and lead you to your goal.
#2. Failing to stock up on the right foods
Keep clean healthy foods on hand so they are available to you at all times. Keep fresh fruits and vegetables well stocked so you can grab those instead of cookies or crackers the next time you want a snack. Go ahead and chop some up into bite-sized pieces and keep them in storage containers so you can grab them quickly. This is especially helpful if you’ve gone too long without eating and need something quick.
#3. Failing to get rid of temptations
Empty your pantry of junk before trying a new weight loss plan.The old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” is especially true of food. If you’re craving chips, cookies, cake or crackers and it’s in your home chances are you will grab it instead of the fruit or other healthy snacks.
#4. Not exercising
Many fad diets claim you can lose weight without exercise, but the truth is the body was designed to move. You can start by walking or doing a light aerobics training a few times each week. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply moving more will speed up the fat burning process and rev your metabolism.
#5. Relying on a fad diet
Lets get this one out of the way – Fad diets don’t work. Following the latest diet craze or the newest edition of some women’s magazine is rarely a diet you can stick to in the long run. To ensure you have life-long results, you need to make life-long changes in your eating habits.
Losing weight isn’t as complicated as many ‘experts’ will have you believe. You just need to start. Start by cutting out junk foods and replacing them with healthier snacks. Start walking 30 minutes 2 or 3 days per week. Planning ahead, adding some form of resistance training, keeping healthy, real snack at hand and doing your exercise are the simple steps to transform yourself from a couch potato to a fitness diva.
Get off that couch and Get started today!
Supriti Singh – Fit Foodie