There are plenty of ways your weight loss efforts can lead no results: you’re living in an environment that does not encourage weight loss, you are too stressed out to diet, you can’t resist food temptations or you are simply not motivated enough. You should make a list of your personal barriers, weak spots and obstacles on your journey to weight loss. The only way to fight them is to recognize them and be willing to make changes. So what do you struggle the most with when it comes to dieting?
1. You have a sweet tooth: Resisting a piece of chocolate is the hardest thing you have to do. You could live with just eating carrots and fresh cucumbers, as long as there’s ice-cream and cake for desert. What you could do to fight your sugar cravings is to eat more fruit as you cut out artificially sweetened foods and treats. This will allow your taste buds to enjoy the natural sweetness of fruit instead of longing for a taste that is ten times sweeter than nature intended.
2. Not having breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it prevents overeating and snacking too much later on. Eating the majority of your food in the evening, means you go to bed with a full stomach, wake up not hungry and skip breakfast. You could reset the pattern by skipping dinner one night so you will be truly hungry when you wake up. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to prepare a consistent breakfast, just grab a handful of nuts and an apple or a piece of cheese and a pear, healthy and can easily be eaten on the run.
3. Late night eating: Many people tend to be successful in having healthy meals during the day and binge late at night. That’s because it’s easier to keep ourselves busy during the day, whereas evening means it’s time to relax and unwind. A lot of eating is done out of habit, so if you try changing how you spend your evenings, you can say good bye to late-night binges.
Often the TV is a trigger of mindless eating, so how about unplugging it for a week and plan different ways to spend your evenings? Try reading a book you’re always wanted to or play cards at a friend’s house. Or perhaps pamper yourself and listen to soothing music while taking a nice and relaxing bubble bath.