Trying to lose weight? To better equip yourself to work around the inevitable obstacles, here are five common roadblocks you may encounter:
- Falling off an exercise routine. If you’re not used to exercising, it can be difficult to start, much less staying with a routine. But it doesn’t have to be a chore: exercise provides many benefits beyond shedding pounds, including a significant mood and self-confidence boost. Take it slow and steady and within limits that push you to keep advancing. Once your body gets used to those endorphins, the feeling shifts from, “Now I have to exercise” to “I get to exercise!”
- Transitioning off unhealthy food. If you’re used to eating junk or fast food, it can be tricky to transition to recipes that are healthy. Excessive salt, fat, and sugar can be a hard habit to kick, but that’s where the next roadblock comes in . . .
- Not making healthy food delicious. Healthy food does not need to be boring or a chore! There are many recipes that can make a nutritious meal and optimize flavor through cooking techniques and spices.
- The benefits of convenience. If you’re in a fast food habit, it can be difficult to adjust to cooking for yourself, or stocking different ingredients. But this has become a lot easier in recent years. If cooking is not your thing, most grocery stores today carry healthy options in their freezer and refridgerated sections that can be ready to eat in minutes.
- Blowing small “failures” out of proportion. No one is perfect, and everyone has a bad day when trying to reach goals. If you slip, don’t beat yourself up. Get right back into good habits the following day!