Let's face it - we use many excuses to get away from a lot of things in life. We push them off for a couple of days until it slips our mind and we forget. We make these excuses out of laziness, or because we hate getting out of our comfort zone and doing new things.
One of the biggest excuses people come up with are the ones
connected to weight loss. Many people are just not fond of exercise. They also just want to eat their favorite foods.
It’s easier to slouch in front of the computer or TV and indulge on pizza, fries, wings and a pint of ice cream. We know we have to take better care of our health. We know we need to shed those extra pounds. But we can’t seem to run out of excuses and put off our health for another day.
Let's review each one of those excuses and remove them. If you don't they become deep rooted in your mind and difficult to overcome. You want to achieve weight loss don't you? Below are the thoughts you need to end.
1. “I Don't Have Enough Time!”
This is the most popular weight loss excuse. Time is the single thing we all have equal amounts of. We all get twenty four hours in a day. When you say you don’t have enough time, it means that losing weight is not a priority.
This puts you at risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and hypertension. If it's important to you to live longer and have a better life you’d make time. If not you'll have to find the time to stay in a hospital when you get sick.
Instead, spend 30 minutes a day exercising, jogging, walking, biking and doing other activities. What you’re saying is, “I have time to take care of myself.”
You do have time for yourself, right?
2. "I Don't Know What to Do!"
Nowadays, ignorance of anything is no longer an excuse. We live in the information age. Seek out the information you desire. The Internet is full of YouTube videos that can guide you and help you lose weight.
There are other alternatives like hiring a trainer for a few sessions. This will help you to familiarize yourself with workout routines. You'll soon be able to do your own routines.
For example you can start small and learn exercises for each part of your body. Try 10 exercises for the back 10 exercises for the chest and 10 cardio exercises. Once you have compiled a list, you can design your own workout routine.
Throw "I don't know what to do" out the window. Instead, say… “I know what I need to do to lose weight and be healthier.” Then, make the effort of learning what you need to know.
3. "I Don't Know Have Time To Prepare Healthy Meals!"
If you have time to eat you have time to prepare. We all have to eat. It’s just a matter of having healthy food on hand. What you should do is prep your meals ahead of time. When you have time, cook healthy meals, then pack and freeze some for when you don't have time.
If you don't have time to cook then refrigerate the prepped ingredients to use later. You could also use a slow cooker. You put the ingredients in it and go to work. At the end of the day you come home to a nutritious hot meal. It uses minimal electricity, is not messy and cooks food full of flavor.
Next, choose the foods you buy with care. This will ensure that your cupboards have healthy foods and snacks. If you buy healthy you eat healthy. Don’t stock up on junk food. It will cause you to indulge when you’re too busy to cook.
When you make gradual changes and add healthy foods to your diet this will ensure that you eat healthy.
You have time to eat healthy. Preparation is the key!
4. “I Can’t Cook!
If you are not skilled in the kitchen, you should attend a cooking class, or read a cookbook. There are tons of easy meals you can prepare for yourself and get in the game. Preparation falls under 10 minutes.
Healthy foods don’t have to be so complicated that only Chefs can prepare them. It’s as easy as grilling, steaming or tossing a salad. If you don’t like cooking, then find a restaurant which serves healthy food. One that’s accessible to you or delivers to your home.
5. “I Love Candy!”
Many people have a sweet tooth. They love sugar. The excess sugar they eat converts to fatty acid (fat) by the liver. It is then taken by your body through the blood stream and stored as fat. There are a lot of healthier alternatives like:
- Peanut butter
- Dark chocolate (70%)
- Dried fruit
- Greek yogurt
- Fruit smoothies
- Healthy granola bars
- Trail mix
These can please your sweet tooth. If you ate healthy all week then have your candy as a reward.
6. “I’m Too Tired to Exercise!”
When you exercise it’s like investing in energy. Your goal is to get a return on what you are investing. But sometimes when you’re tired the last thing you want to do is exercise.
People try to take the short cut by drinking an energy drink or a cup of coffee. Researchers analyzed 70 studies on exercise and fatigue which involved more than 6,800 people. According to researcher Patrick O’connor, PhD:
"More than 90% of the studies showed the same thing: Sedentary people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to groups that did not exercise." "It's a very consistent effect." Exercise is not done as an afterthought. Just like you have to set aside time for it, you also have to set aside some of your energy."
Here are some suggestions. Do your workout before you go to work, or if you can, in the middle of the day. It will surprise you that exercising makes you more alert and energetic.
It lasts the whole day. Since it requires effort, many people think that exercising is tiring. But when your muscles start moving, your heart starts pumping, and you start to sweat? You’ll feel like a million bucks.
Endorphins (chemicals) will be released into your body. This will making you feel good, minimizing aches and pains. Why do you think some people get addicted to exercise? Because it makes them feel renewed.
7. “My Weight Makes It Hard for Me to Move.”
You don’t have to start with a strenuous routine. Work your way up until your body gets used to the movements. Keep it simple. Start by brisk walking, brisk cycling or resistance training. Walk for 15 minutes a day, cycle for 15 minutes, or do three sets of 12 repetitions using dumbbells. It's all about small, easy steps.
Remember that losing just 5 pounds will make you feel like a new person. You will feel lighter with less stress on your joints. Don’t stress yourself when you’re just starting out, and then quit. Just like everything else, you have to start at A before you get to Z.
Keep the desired result in mind. You're getting rid of extra weight. You'll now be able to do everyday things like walking or standing with ease.
We put off the things we need to do to lose weight and we use these excuses like crutches. Stop limiting yourself and start taking action. Take the first step towards your health goals and reap all the benefits that come with it.
What are the Benefits of Losing Weight again?
- Better health
- Leaner and stronger body
- Reduce the development of chronic diseases
- Increase in energy; feel more competent
- Improve your well being
- Clearer mind
- Look and feel better
- Live longer
The fit life definitely has many benefits. Even more than the excuses you can come up with. Consider the alternative. It's the opposite of all the benefits you desire. Excuses only limit and stop us from achieving things. No one’s stopping you from living the best life that you want. Only you. The ball is on your court. What are you going to do now?
What motivates you to live a healthier and fitter life?