For many people, losing weight is an ongoing battle.
Perhaps you can relate.
If you want to lose weight once and for all, you need to give up the excuses. You need to say that no matter what challenges come my way, I will stay focused and committed to following my eating plan.
The follow excuses are in regards to diet only. There are plenty of excuses for not working out as well, but follow the same concept of not allowing yourself to make excuses.
Excuse #1 – It’s Too Expensive to Eat Healthy
Prior to eating healthy, were you doing a lot of fast food, take-out or frozen foods?
Then there’s a good chance that you’ve actually have spent more money on these type of foods then you’ll spend on vegetables, fruits, grains and lean meats.
For example, one of our clients kept track of her spending. She was averaging $20 a day when buying fast food and eating convenient foods. For one week, this added up to $140.
She then compiled a shopping list consisting of healthy foods and spent $89 on items that would last her for two weeks! Yes, fruits and vegetables aren’t cheap, but compared to fast food, they are cheaper.
Excuse #2 – I Don’t Know How to Cook
Initially, it will take effort to put together meals that you enjoy.
Most of the time, keep your meals simple. On the weekends fix enough chicken that can be used for 2 or 3 meals during the week.
If you have no interest in cooking, then consider a weight loss program that delivers food right to your doorstep. Now that’s super easy!
Excuse #3 – I Feel Hungry Too Much of the Time
It’s important to determine why you’re feeling hungry.
Are you drinking plenty of water? Sometimes being thirsty comes across as being hungry.
Do you think you’re hungry when in reality you’re bored, stressed or upset about something? If you can rule these things out, then it might be your eating plan.
- Be sure that you’re starting the day off with a breakfast that will keep you full for 2 or 3 hours.
- If you’re mainly eating three meals, consider adding one or two healthy snacks to your plan.
Excuse #4 – I Can’t Stand Vegetables
Vegetables provide a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other nutritious value so you need to include them in your diet.
- Do you love chocolate? Make a chocolate smoothie with yogurt, ice, baby spinach, and cocoa. You’ll never taste the spinach!
- Chop up a variety of veggies and add to your meatloaf, soup or on top of a pizza
- Even if you like just a few vegetables, such as lettuce, carrots and cucumbers, then make a small salad and have it with your lunch and supper
Excuse #5 – Fast Food is Just Too Tempting
Fast food typically becomes tempting for two reasons:
- You’re driving by a fast food restaurant when you’re hungry
- You don’t have a meal plan in place.
If possible, find a different route to and from work so that you’re not reading the ads for the latest item added to the restaurant’s menu.
During the weekends, plan your meals and go grocery shopping. When you know that a meal is partially prepared and that you can fix the rest in 10 or 15 minutes, then it’s easier to say no to fast food.
Whatever excuse you find yourself using, find a solution to address the excuse. Each time you avoid giving in to an excuse, it will make you that much stronger and determined not to give in to the next potential excuse.
You can do it this time around!!!
Let us know what excuse you struggle with and we’d love to help you out.