When I worked in offices, at least once a week someone would bring donuts. We should have had prizes for the fastest people to hit the goodie table. Losing weight is not easy and there will be highs and lows along the way.
Here are five ways to deal with diet obstacles:
Most of the time they mean well, but can really put a damper on your success. When you’re on a diet, you can really be cranky, and you’re no longer bonding with these people over a shared meal.
You are on the path to better health, and they often feel like you are leaving them behind.They may bring home things you are trying to avoid such as sodas, rich desserts, or fast food as a joke. Let them know that you’re learning to eat healthier, and tell them you need their help.
Too Little Sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, your mind is in a fog and you feel stressed out. Create an appealing sleep environment. Power down electronics an hour before bedtime, have a light bedtime snack, and make sure your body is at a comfortable temperature.
If these measures don’t help, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, talk to your doctor.
Too Much Sitting
Losing weight will improve your health but you feel deprived because you can’t eat your favorite foods. Instead of exercising you just want to sit and watch TV or play games on your computer. You don’t have to go to the gym to get a workout. Play games outside with the family or go for a long walk.
No Game Plan
You don’t have to plan every moment of every day, but you’ll lose more weight if you take care of some things ahead of time. Make a store run and stock up on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean meats. Take your lunch to work instead of hitting the pizza buffet, or getting a fast-food burger.
Use online calculators to determine the number of calories you can eat and still lose weight. Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian. She can break it down meal by meal and will give you some other tips and tricks.
Too Much Focus on Food
It’s tempting when you get together with your friends to talk about how many pounds you’ve lost, what foods are good and bad for a diet, old clothes that you can suddenly wear again.
At first, it may be flattering to talk about your diet success, but eventually the focus on food may become too much, especially if you suddenly hit a diet plateau and your weight loss stops.
Steer the conversation in another direction, and ask others what is going on in their lives. People usually like to talk about themselves and it takes the focus off of you.
Try these tips out and you’ll probably come up with some more on your own. You’re on your way to a slimmer you.