Are These Excuses Keeping You From Finding The Best Diet Plans?

Living a healthier lifestyle means big changes. And this could very well be why so many of us put off eating better diets or losing weight. There are many common reasons why we decide to procrastinate on our weight loss plans. And doing so doesn’t do us any favors, as the longer we wait, the longer it can take to lose the weight we want to in the end.

One popular excuse is the fact that we have no time to exercise or make healthier meals. But there are many ways to save time with meal preparation. One is to purchase frozen items like fruits and vegetables that just need a few minutes to heat up before they’re ready to eat. The same is true for pre-prepared foods, such as baby carrots or peeled garlic. It may not seem like much, but when you’re rushing to prepare a healthy dinner, the time these items will save you can be significant.

While it may be easier to say there is no time in your schedule for exercise, your day’s duties, as well as your body will benefit from taking a second look. The best way to quash any exercise excuse is to make a record of what you do every day. Do you devote a large portion of each post-work evening sitting in front of the television? While downtime is good, spending hours in front of the tube can only pack on the pounds, especially if it’s accompanied by a bowl of unhealthy snacks.

If motivation is an issue, the environment of a gym may do wonders for your drive to exercise. But if you think that you can’t access a gym, think again: there could be many alternatives, such as your local community center or parks where exercise teachers may offer classes in the open during the nicer weather. If you would rather go it alone, you can always devise your own routine that involves a neighborhood walk, living room dancing session or some jumping jacks.

Buying healthy foods is mistakenly seen by many as being more expensive than purchasing the unhealthy alternative. But this just isn’t true. Items like beans, eggs yogurt, chicken and tuna are very affordable alternatives for their fattier counterparts, not to mention light years healthier. Plus, eating healthier foods make it much less likely that you will end up becoming hungry and tempted to snack on foods which are full of empty calories.

Shifting the focus from unhealthy to healthy means thinking differently about the foods you eat. For example, if sodas were a staple of your former diet, then living a healthier life means changing that. Instead, you may want to substitute water for the sodas you may have been drinking, and enjoy that soda as a reward for the healthier steps you’re taking.

Even the best diet plans will tell you that starting on a weight loss journey is no picnic. Developing healthy eating habits after years of eating unhealthy foods can seem like an impossible task. But with support and a little perseverance, any weight loss goal stands a good chance of being reached.

~Tina Swenson