Do you look in the mirror and recognize you need to lose weight? Yet, no matter how much you want to take action, there’s always something holding you back? So many excuses why it’s just not the right time to start eating healthy? If this sounds familiar and continue to talk yourself out of making positive changes to your lifestyle, I’m sure you can relate to these all so common excuses and consider ways to overcome come them.
When you think about fad diets that only have you drinking liquid shakes or eating soup, no wonder everyone hates diets! The thought of feeling hungry and living on lettuce leaves is enough to put anyone off. Losing weight doesn’t involve dieting. It involves eating REAL food, in moderation. You will not feel hungry or deprived with a variety and balance of unprocessed foods which act to nourish your body and help you reach your goals. With so many amazing and tasty clean recipes out there, your new eating plan will excite you, not scare you!
Then don’t. Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you can never have your favourite foods like chocolate or ice cream ever again. However, it does mean that you have to eat less of them. Make your ‘cheat’ foods a special treat that you only have once a week. Once you reach your weight loss goals, you can decide whether to add them back in to your diet again. But the saying “nothing tastes as good as slim feels” is real! It’s unlikely you’’ll want to go back to the bad foods that made you fat once you’ve done all the work to get in shape.
There is a common misconception that healthy eating is expensive. If you are buying fresh organic fruit and vegetables, then sure the cost can add up. However, you can very easily eat healthy on a budget. Frozen vegetables and fruits can be very cheap and are just as good as the fresh stuff. This may save fresh vegetables going off in your fridge week after week. You can also save money by buying your meat in bulk and freezing it in meal sized portions. Research and planning is the key to saving money.
This should be a big incentive to eat healthy. Setting a good example for your kids and raising them eating healthy nutritious foods will set them up for life. By providing healthy meals and choosing healthy alternatives, you will help prevent your kids from experiencing health problems, and teach them a healthy way of living.
Have you had several/numerous failed diet attempts in the past? You diet, you lose weight, you go back to eating normally and you put the weight straight back on plus more? This excuse is actually true – diets don’t work, but eating clean and adopting a healthy lifestyle does! Stop thinking about your new eating plan as a diet and think about it as eating for life. This wont mean periods of eating healthy, followed by eating normally (unhealthy), it will be a new lifestyle change of eating clean nutritious foods all the time. Of course, treat yourself on occasion, but following the 80/20 rule, that is, eat clean 80% of the time and treat yourself 20% of the time, will be an achievable plan you can stick to as a lifestyle.
Change your way of thinking and be positive in your approach to healthy eating and weight loss. Positive results will follow and will be worth all of your discipline and self control!