A big part of the struggle with losing weight is being able to put the blame on something else.
With a world full of processed foods, tasty treats, countless hours of TV and more access to technology than ever, it’s easy to blame all this for why you’re out of shape.
Yet we can’t let those excuses stop us.
You have to realise you are in control of your weight and if you want it bad enough you will be able to make that change.
Stop Making Excuses and Start
You need to be aware that what you do has an impact on you.
Now this seems obvious.
Yet I see so many people complaining that the weight just piled on without them noticing.
Well yes, the weight will pile on when you are out every weekend and your lunch always arrives in on the back of a man on a bike.
We have to confess to ourselves that we are to blame.
We have to face the excuses we tell ourselves.
I know it’s easier to have a McDonalds than to go home and cook.
That doesn’t mean you should fill your face with a Big Mac and fries.
Everyone has hundreds of hours of TV they would like to catch up on.
Doesn’t mean you have to mindlessly sit there and watch it with a bag of crisps.
Almost everyone has their own car these days.
Yet it shouldn’t stop you walking to the shop around the corner.
We have all these easy options yet they are not forced on us.
You have to face it and realise you are to blame.
And if you are reading this feeling angry and want to shout how you actually have reasons why it’s impossible for you…
…I really doubt it and this post is perfect is made for you.
“I’m too old”
Yes if you are older it can be harder to exercise.
With joint replacements and other injuries it doesn’t always seem the best thing to do.
But does that affect what you eat?
You can definitely start eating more healthily to lose weight.
Not only that but gentle exercise would be great too.
Obviously you’re not going to spend hours on the treadmill and hitting the heavy weights, but bodyweight exercises and more general activity will only improve your health.
As we get older our metabolism slows down, usually due to muscle wastage.
Yet if we keep active and keep using our muscles they won’t waste away and so our metabolisms won’t drop so much.
“I don’t know how to eat healthily”
This is just a poor excuse.
There is so much information out there as to what you should eat more and less of there is no reason not to understand it.
I’m going to keep it simple for my advice…
- Eat more vegetables and protein (meat, poultry, fish and eggs).
There are the obvious things you should avoid eating too often but you know about these.
So it’s up to you whether to eat them or not.
“I have too much weight to lose”
Well if you never make a start you will always have too much weight to lose.
It may seem like you have a long way to go.
But the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll get to where you want to be.
Breaking your weight loss down into more manageable goals will help you see that you don’t have to lose all that weight at once.
It can be broken down into 4lbs per month.
Now it doesn’t seem so impossible.
Get started, break it down into goals and see what you can achieve.
“I don’t know where to begin”
Have you not heard of Google?
It will show you a million ways in which you can get started.
Now I understand all the information can be overwhelming, but it shows there are plenty of ways you can get started?
My advice would be to eat better (as above) and start doing more general activity.
More walking, take the stairs more often and even doing more housework.
Plus, you can easily exercise even in front of the telly.
Get out of your own way
If you're making excuses to yourself and actually believing them, YOU are the only reason you aren't losing weight.