Losing weight is the number one New Year's resolution that people make. Every January and February the gym I attend is full but by early March, only the usual die hards are left. Why is it such a challenge to keep those unwanted pounds off?
Here are the top three reasons I see the most:
* Perceived lack of time to exercise
* Unhealthy diets
* Lack of motivation – easily discouraged
Let's start with perceived lack of time to exercise. Most of my clients use this as one of their main excuses why they do not exercise. Do not you make time everyday for things you really do not need to do such as, watch TV? It's how we chose to use our time that determinates how we feel. That is why I hear so many people say I'm tired to exercise. This statement is probably true, but one of the reasons you may be tired is lack of exercise. Do you realize that exercise is a proven way to get the energy you desire?
Many runners get a "runner's high" or "adrenaline rush." It really becomes addicting and is not a habit you want to break! Once you add exercise to your daily routine, you begin to feel better, have more energy and can handle stress more easily. Many times after a workout I see things in a new perceptive and a sense of relief. Working out is better for you than any drug you may turn to, and without the harmful effects.
The next challenge to losing weight is your diet. Many people turn to fad diets, skip meals or join a weight-loss program. I am not against all weight-loss programs, but most do not teach you how to make healthy meals or exercise exercise. Many people want quick results so they try what sees like the easiest and fastest way to lose weight. Unfortunately, they usually gain it right back in a matter of months or weeks.
Right now obesity is at an all time high which has led to many health problems such as, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. One report I recently read said that prescription drugs are on the rise, and the majority are used to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. One physicist stated that "a lot of it is related to obesity. We've become a couch potato culture; it's a lot easier to pop a pill than to exercise regularly or diet."
Lastly, lack of motivation and discourception is another challenge to weight-loss. How do we get motivated to begin exercising and eating healthily? The best way I have found is to have an accounting partner who has the expertise to help you get started and encourage you not to quit. Remember, it took some time to get where you are and it will take time and effort to reach your desired goals. To be healthy in mind, body and spirit, you must get up and get moving, determination is the key!
In conclusion, overcoming these challenges to losing weight is possible. How? Making time to exercise, learning how to eat healthy, and staying encouraged and motivated with an accounting partner or coach. As a person who has been diagnosed in this area, I guarantee you will not only look better, but most importantly you will feel better. Keep pressing on and you will live a longer, healthier, and happier life!