Exercise regularly? Watch what you eat? Stay away from sweets? Read health and fitness articles? (Almost) never - ever - eat fast food? Good for you.
But you're also super busy and your life is hectic. It's this very "busyness" that's probably impeding your efforts to lose fat and build that lean healthy body you want. Here are some of the most common reasons busy people fail at fat loss. Read on and see if any of these apply to you.
Even if you're among the most health conscious people, there are bound to be some bad habits that you're not realizing are impeding your progress to a healthier you. As a personal trainer and coach who specializes in helping people with busy careers and families I could tell you that the following five habits are key inhibitors when it comes to getting healthier and losing weight. I've witnessed great progress once the following habits are under control.
1. You're Dehydrated
You shouldn't wait until the feeling of thirst or dry mouth hits you, at that point damage has already been done. Instead, constantly re-hydrate throughout your day to avoid dehydration.
The best way to do this is to incorporate water into your daily schedule. Have a water bottle at your desk and train yourself to sip on it often. Although a bit on the expensive side, I love my Hydroflask. I have the 40 oz. version. My goal is to fill up three times a day ensuring that I'm getting plenty of water (Plus all that water adds up to a lot of extra steps to the bathroom!).
2. You Eat Out Too Often
The main reason people eat out is for convenience, so with a little organization you'll find that preparing your own meals takes less time than you thought it would. On the weekend sit down and plan out your meals for the week. Then go to the grocery store and stock up on everything you'll need for those meals.
Pack your lunch and snacks each night before bed, then grab it on your way out the door in the morning. When you prepare dinner at home, make enough for at least the next day as well. Your efforts will pay off both in terms of weight loss and in money saved.
3. You're Sleep Deprived
The best way to combat sleep deprivation is to set a scheduled bedtime. Your body will benefit from a consistent sleeping and waking routine, and you're sure to get all the rest you need.
If you have trouble falling asleep once you're in bed, then try these two tips. First, make sure that you don't drink any caffeinated beverages after lunchtime. Second, don't eat for three hours before you go to bed. This helps eliminate sleeplessness due to indigestion, and will also turbo-charge your weight loss.
4. You're Stressed Out
One of the most effective ways to instantly eliminate stress is to sit down and write out a list of all the things that are bothering you. This should include things that you need to get done, issues that weigh on your mind and anything you believe contributes to your stress level.
Once it's all down on paper, organize it like a to-do list and start resolving each item. Doing so will get the stress off of your mind and will put your body into the motion of resolving each issue.
5. You're on Exercise Autopilot
There are two simple ways to instantly increase the effectiveness of your exercise routine. First, increase your pace. Secondly, increase your intensity. Constantly vary your speed and intensity in order to keep your muscles guessing and adapting.
Another way to break through the exercise plateau is to do something totally new. If you regularly use weight machines then start using free weights. If you normally jog on the treadmill then start using the bike.
There's some other good ideas for changing up your routine here.
Are you ready to break the plateau as you take your routine to the next level?
Would you like to know without a shadow of a doubt that you are going to lose weight in the coming months?
It's my goal to see you achieve greatness. I believe that you've got what it takes.
It's so simple. Call or email today to get started on a program that will improve your health and well being, and will get you amazing results.
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