Lose the Excuses to Lose Weight.
Everyone has excuses. Everyone has a story that they tell themselves.
What’s your story? What excuse are you using to justify why you are not getting what you want?
Excuses take away your power to act. Excuses help you to rationalize your behavior, and justify why you can quit on yourself. Don’t let this be you.
Excuses (quitting) are the number one cause for people not reaching their goals, whether it be for weight loss, building a business, learning to play an instrument, etc.
Stop letting your excuses prevent you from losing weight and getting healthy.
Let’s go over some of the most popular excuses and the ways to get rid of them for good.
Excuse #1: “I was hungry all the time.”
In the case of this excuse, you need to eat foods that are more filling and take longer to digest so you feel satisfied longer.
Eat plenty of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Fiber is great for helping you feel full longer and protein digests slower than carbohydrates.
Add some of these to each meal or snack and you shouldn’t feel hungry for a few hours. Eat smaller meals more often. Don’t let yourself get hungry.
That’s actually the problem; calling it a diet plan. Eating healthy foods in the right amounts will help you lose weight and keep it off. You need lean meats, fish, seafood and plenty of fresh vegetables.
You need a lifetime eating plan, not a diet plan.
And never say never, you do not have to be perfect in this life. Just make sure that your weight is on a downward trend over time. Cheat meals and days are allowed, they are even beneficial.
Excuse #3: “I don’t want to give up my favorite foods. I love to eat.”
Choose the healthier favorites that you already take advantage of. It is not so much what you eat, but what you eat it with. KISS. Keep it small and simple. If you feed your body what it needs, you will not only lose weight, but you’ll not have to worry about gaining it back.
It’s your choice of foods that is putting weight on you and more than that, it’s likely killing you too.
I know that’s harsh, but your body was not designed to consume junky foods. Junk food stresses it and causes health problems to set in. High carb foods are usually the culprit and these will need to be restricted. Eat more protein and greens.
While this excuse does have some merit to it and heredity can play a role in your body size and your weight, you don’t have to stay overweight if you choose to eat the right kinds of foods and get exercise.
If your family is overweight it’s likely they’ve all had years of bad eating habits and you were taught the same bad habits by example.
Maybe you can’t change your genetic makeup, but you can change your diet and exercise habits, and force your genes to comply over time. It will probably be difficult and take longer than expected if this is the case, but you can reverse years and generations of bad habits and being overweight. Always check with your medical practitioner before making any changes to your daily eating routines.
Excuse #5: “I don’t like health food.”
This excuse is very common and it is understandable, especially if you’ve been making poor diet choices all of your life. However, if you start incorporating healthier choices into your eating plan, you will learn that salads and vegetables can be quite good.
Your taste buds will adapt and you can start enjoying them more. It is more about adding healthy choices in and crowding unhealthy choices out.
Figure out how to get past yours so they’re not holding you back. You have to own this.
Blame and excuses will only hold you back and dis-empower you in the long run.
This may be difficult after years of making excuses as to why you can’t lose weight, but getting past this one milestone can make a huge difference in your progress and your life as well.
Remember that habits can make or break your life experience. Crowd out the poor habits by replacing them with new empowering actions.