“Good intentions are not enough. They’ve never put an onion in the soup yet.”
It all starts with good intention. Sometimes that just doesn’t cut it.
Having the healthy body you’ve always desired is definitely part of your priority list. Maybe you’ve already lost a few pounds since the start of your journey, congratulations! Your trying damn hard to do your best to make that goal work, but you’re stuck. Confusion strikes, and frustrations follows. There can definitely be a variety of factors to blame, but here are 10 that are probably holding you back from your dream bod.
1. You’re Not Prepared
If you haven’t started packing meals yet, then I’m not sure what you’re doing. Joking! But seriously: this is a crucial element in achieving your goals. Healthy snacks are good but aren’t enough, you don’t want to get stuck having to eat out everyday and risk ruining all your hard work. Make big meals of simple, healthy meals like grilled chicken with vegetable rice, then portion it up throughout the week.
2. Stop Avoiding Fat
Fat will NOT make you fat. Healthy fats are your best friend, its adds satiety, and is essential for all functions within the body. An internal moisturizer for your brain, joints, skin and hair. A few go-to’s consist of olive oil, salmon, avocados, tree nuts, and whole eggs.
3. Cant Handle Stress
Stress is no good for our health wellness, its triggers hormones like cortisol to cause our body to freak out and hold onto your fat. Also, negative emotions put you in a “in the moment” phase, you’re not thinking of the future. Practice relaxation techniques like meditation and proper breathing to help you be more in tune with your energy.
4. You Think* You’re Drinking Enough Water
Eight cups a day wont cut it. Keep your system hydrated to function properly, and constantly eliminate toxins. Carry around a 1.5 liter bottle and fill it up 3 times a day. Water also curbs hunger, so if you think you’re hungry and its time to eat, you might be thirsty.
5. Do Not Ignore Weights
Some people are stuck to the treadmill, addicted to cardio. Although cardio is necessary for proper health, you need to learn to love lifting weights. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Higher muscle mass burns more calories even at resting level, up to 78 hours after a workout. Women, please refrain from picking up those baby dumbbells weighing 2-5 lbs. Your vacuum is heavier than that. Learn proper techniques for certain moves, but be strong and don’t be afraid to work with 30-50 lbs.
6. Big Time Gap Between Post Workout Meal
Now you need to replenish those muscles! The optimal time period is only a short 15 minutes after your workout. Carry a high protein + carbohydrate snack with you to the gym to ensure proper muscle repair. Some examples are the traditional PB&J butter jelly (use natural fruit spreads) or some greek yogurt and a banana.
7. You’re Not drinking Enough Smoothies
Blended natural fruit juices are a godsend. What easier way can you have a plentiful supply of nutrients in one drink? You must incorporate these into your meal plan for guaranteed weight loss. Give your tummy a rest and refresh your system. Green smoothies are the next level of smoothies you might want to look more into. Use a variety of fruits and vegetables to reap the most nutritional benefits.
8. Everyday Is Not The Last Supper
Smaller, more often meals are proven to work best for weight loss. This way your body is always satisfied and your metabolism is constantly running high. Obviously don’t choose greasy fried foods, a chicken salad is much more satisfying and rewarding than a small fast food burger.
9. Haven’t Figured Out Your Triggers
Mind to food connection, is a connection we all need to get in tune with. Food makes us feel good but then we feel like crap after eating so much, we hate it. Possibly starting a chain of events leading to more food consumption. Learn what triggers your emotional eating and imagine your future body before temptation takes over. Keep positive and your goal in mind!
10. Not Looking Out For Sugar
Sugar is pretty much in everything. You’d be surprise to know you can find it in things like your tomato sauce, coleslaw, and milk. Sugar causes spikes in blood controlling your hunger levels. Read your labels and avoid it as much as possible, natural sugars from fruit and some honey in your tea is definitely okay.
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