We all tell ourselves little white lies to make ourselves feel better about the things we do each day. "It's fine for me to have just a bit more," "that's not too many calories," "I don't need to work out today," and so many others that flutter through our minds every day. But it's those little white lies that are going to stop you from making the progress you want and need to make with your weight loss.
It's time to recognize these delusions for what they are. Realize that you're going to have to tell yourself the truth, even if it's not something you want to admit. It will help you to make the progress you want.
1. "It's just a little bit extra..."
Whether you're going for a second helping of lunch or a slice of that delicious pie, you often lie to yourself that it's just "a little bit." Well, you'd be amazed at how much that "little bit" can add up, especially sweets and treats. But if you go for that little bit, you will have to burn those extra calories just to break even--and you'll have to burn even more to lose weight. Quit telling yourself that it's just a little bit extra, and stick with the portions and meals you have prepared for yourself.
2. "I don't eat more than I should..."
When was the last time you checked out your portion sizes? Perhaps you have slowly increased the amount of food you eat until you're gobbling down more than you used to--simply because you haven't kept track of what you've eaten. It may not be deliberate, but most of us tend to add a bit more food to our plate every day. If you're not very strict, you may end up serving yourself more and more as the weeks go by.
3. "I got in a good workout today..."
But did you really? How many calories did you honestly burn with your workout? Did you really shred those abs, and did your body really get the workout it needs? Sure, you're hot, sweaty, and probably tired, but can you honestly say you did the workout at maximum intensity? Even if you're not doing HIIT workouts, you should still push yourself hard. If you're not sure that you pushed your body hard enough, make an extra effort to work even harder the next day.
4. "I'll still be able to work out tomorrow..."
How many times have you gone to a party or social event at night, and then been exhausted when exercise time came around the next day? Have you ever smoked, drank, or done things that you thought wouldn't interfere with your exercise, only to find that you just don't have the stamina the next day? There is almost nothing more important than your workout program, so don't let anything interfere with your ability to push your body hard!
5. "But I don't have the time..."
This whining excuse is just that: an excuse! Everyone has the time to get in shape, diet, and eat right--they just have to want it bad enough. It's hard to get in shape, and it's going to take months of hard work. Whether you work out at home, hit the gym, or cycle to work, you have the time to do it--just make it a priority and it will happen!
6. "I can't afford to get in shape..."
Yes, a gym is expensive, and buying healthy food will always cost more than the cheap processed garbage that stock supermarket shelves. However, rather than spending your money on things you don't need, why not do your body a favor and start spending some money on making it more healthy? Many people spend more money smoking and/or drinking each month than they would on a gym. What could they do if they changed their spending priorities?
Andy Peloquin had battled with weight loss issues his whole life. To overcome this, he began studying fitness and is now in the process of becoming a certified professional fitness trainer. He exercise seven days a week and is excited to share his down-to-earth knowledge of exercise and fitness.