It’s not uncommon for people to find themselves overwhelmed by the task of losing weight and getting fit.
For some, years of crash dieting and expired gym memberships tell a tale of inconsistent effort. Others, simply never get to the point of really trying. In both situations, the impact is pretty much the same.
You look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see. All those years of not caring, eating whatever you want and not exercising come flooding back. A rush of anger or dismay as you continue to assess your body only compounds all the emotions you are feeling at that exact moment.
It is then often replaced with a resolve to do something about it. To start working out and eat right. But as the day goes on, the week draws to a close, all of that resolve starts to wane and you are left feeling disappointment, confusion and anger at your inability to hold on to all those emotions you felt when looking at the mirror.
Most will just give in to it. Deciding it’s all too hard. Some will continue on and achieve what they set out to do. But for those who don’t or can’t, I have two words for you
It is really easy to jump straight in when you first feel the need to shed the weight and get in shape. Many will cut out food groups including some they really shouldn’t. Lots of you will try and skip entire meals altogether, thinking that it will help to lose weight – it won’t by the way.
Quite a few of you will jump online and do a google search “lose weight” how to lose belly fat” how to lose weight quickly” “30 minute exercise routines”, etc.
The intention is all really great, the problem is that it can be very overwhelming. Information overload is rarely a good thing and there is so much good and bad advice out there that you can be left wondering where to start.
I have two words for you
Resist the urge to jump on to a fad diet regime. Don’t rush out and buy a room full of exercise equipment..odds are in 12 months you won’t be using it.
Instead, take stock of your situation. Look in your fridge and pantry and be honest about what food is in there. Do you have a mix of fresh fruit and veg? How much package, processed food is on the shelves?
Odds are, it’s probably not a good picture. But that’s okay, you can change that.
Throw out the rubbish and head down to your local store and stock up on healthy foods. Our blog has some great lists of foods and food groups to get you started.
Start walking everyday.
Find activities you enjoy doing, perhaps it’s playing some football with your kids or taking them down to the park for a day out.
Cut your portion sizes and use smaller plates. It will be hard to start with and many will find they are hungry after their meals. If you are hungry then check out these posts for tips on eating well and not getting hungry.
1. 7 Tips to Stop Eating After Dinner
2. Know your portions
3. The Benefits of Beans
4. Healthy Snacks On The Move
5. Random Stumble – Six Uncommonly Known Power Fruits
6. Random Stumble- Oatmeal Is The Perfect Breakfast For A Long Day
If you need the motivation, visit a gym and check it out. Be honest with yourself though, can you commit to visiting your gym on a regular basis? If you are going to buy a membership, you really have to use it and not for a few months but for the entire length of your membership. If you don’t commit then you are only letting yourself down and will inevitably end up back to where you started.
Find a buddy. It might be your partner, friend or co-worker. Find someone who wants to be fit and healthy as badly as you do and commit to each other to push one another when it’s needed.
Small Steps can yield big results. It’s a bit like saving money. It’s fairly common knowledge that if you put in small deposits each week on a regular basis one day you will have amassed a small fortune.
The same applies with fitness and your health.