Many of us have a love/hate relationship with our closet…
Many of us look in the mirror and see trouble spots we want to work on…
Many of us are fed up with NOT feeling good about the way our clothes fit…
Most people feel they could shed a few pounds and with summer fast approaching, the need to get fit and trim is always at top of mind.
As we get older it becomes harder to actually lose those pounds due to a slower metabolism and loss of muscle.
But there are other reasons why YOU might be having a hard time losing weight.
Take a look at these 4 reasons and what you can do to change them to your benefit.
4 Reasons Why You Can’t Get Skinny:
1. You Put Others’ Health Above Your Own
You may have a spouse, kids or someone who depends on you to help get them through the day.
Simple enough this could be the EXACT reason why you can’t lose weight.
When you don’t take the time to put YOUR health first, means you are missing out on those opportunities to achieve success and make progress.
By putting YOU first means you are telling yourself that your health matters.
Here is how you make your health a priority.
The same principles you apply to others should be applied to you as well. Set aside time each day to exercise to establish a “new” healthy habit. Focus on your meals first and make sure they are healthy and fit to meet your needs.
2. You Are “FED” Up With It All…
In life sometimes things just happen that are just not fair…
Maybe it is an emotional event or everyone is just driving you crazy.
When you are in this zone it can lead to overeating because foods makes us feel comfortable. Eating to provide comfort in times of stress or emotional despair starts a vicious cycle that many times we can’t get out of.
You start to feel guilty and then quit on yourself and eat more…
Try this alternative form of relaxation when you get in this zone.
Exercise will release the same feel-good hormones that junk food creates, yet you don’t own all the extra calories that come with junk food.
Exercise releases endorphins that not only make you feel good, but calm your hunger hormones which are telling your brain to eat.
3. The Junk Food Draw
Is there a stash of junk food in the pantry that you tell yourself is for the kids.
Do you dig into it during times of desperation or stress?
The problem with having junk food in the house even if it is truly meant for the kids is that it will get eaten by you during times of stress.
Now it isn’t easy to follow through with not buying any junk food at all for other members of the house. Here is a tip though that might help.
Tip: Buy smaller or more portion controlled options that have lower calories in them. Or buy yourself some healthier options that you know will satisfy you during these stressful times and keep you away from the really bad stuff.
Maybe it is walnuts, almonds, or even cashews might satisfy that emotional response to food.
4. Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho It’s Off To Work You Go…
For most of us our day consists of getting up and going to work.
Depending on what you do you can spend anywhere between 6 to 8 hours just SITTING.
This doesn’t help with weight loss.
The sitting is bad enough, but then we add in meals that we are not doing a good job of burning off by sitting.
Tip: Try to get up and move throughout the day.
Even if it is getting up and walking for 10 minutes 2 or 3 times a day at a moderate pace can equal 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill at the gym.
You do need to get your heart rate up to reap the benefits of burning the most amount of calories, but of course not so much that you start sweating in your work clothes. There is a balance there, but it can be done with short 10 minute walks.
You need to put your health first and make it PRIORITY #1.
Implement these 4 strategies to dealing with these issues and you will be on your way to a fit, firmer and smaller YOU!