When it comes to losing weight, there are many things that can trip you up. But the interesting thing is that those 3 fitness pitfalls always can be slotted under one of 3 categories. So without further ado, lets get into the 3 things that are holding you back from losing weight!
- Food Intake – Yeah, I know this one sounds simple; calories in vs. calories out and all that – but lets look a bit deeper. If you are trying to lose weight, how much family support do you have? How much food is around the office? How much do those people expect you to eat that food? Will people be mad at you if you lose weight? These are deep issues, but must be looked at if you want to be successful. Suggestion: Lose weight for yourself; and don’t start a diet until you are ready to go through and contend with all of these factors. Once you begin the fitness process let nothing (or nobody) keep you from your goals.
- Exercise Frequency & Intensity – Do you exercise? How often? How intense is your workout program? Do you make time to workout even when you are busy or don’t feel like it? Are your workouts effective? Do they hit the right muscle groups? Suggestion: If you are working out 3-4 times a week and have a basic knowledge of fitness then keep doing what you are doing – it’s probably satisfactory when combined with diet. But if not consider hiring a trainer to get in the fitness habit – and to make sure your workouts are super effective.
- A Maintainable Diet & Workout Schedule – When people are putting together their nutrition and workout routines they seldom think about “maintaining”. They think once they get to the goal they can go back to whatever they were doing before. Not so, if you stop working out and eating correctly you will revert back to the same situation you were in before you started, so it’s very important to choose a program and nutrition plan you stick with long-term. Suggestion: From the very start select a plan that is the perfect intensity. Just like Goldilocks, you want the one that is ‘just right’, not too hot and not too cold. So for exercise I suggest working out 3 times a week for a half hour, and for nutrition I recommend a balanced diet that simply replaces some of your “bad” foods (we all know what those are) with some better choices. Simple, easy, maintainable.
So there you have it – 3 things that are holding you back from losing weight. It will take some adjusting – and yes, even some restraint to start out moderate instead of flying out of the gate like American Pharaoh, but long-term nothing works better.
Remember, this is a marathon not a sprint. It does no good to get in amazing shape if you revert back to your old ways (and body) immediately thereafter. There is no finish line with fitness, so adhere to these suggestions and achieve your fitness goals; and keep your winnings for life.
Yours in Health,
Owner, CE-Fitness Personal Training