Do you start diets and exercise programs only to find yourself stopping them very often? Is it because of many issues that are going on at the moment in your life? If this is the case, then this article is for you. Today I’m going to talk about 7 very common excuses people have while trying to improve their bodies, and my 7 simple solutions for those common excuses. By the end of this article you’ll see exactly that no matter what your lifestyle is like, you can certainly do whatever it takes to get that body you deserve. If you want that lean, toned, and sexy body, you CAN do it! But it’s going to have to first take eliminating excuses…
Here are 7 common excuses and my 7 solutions for a successful weight loss diet and workout plan:
“It’s hard for me to get a lot of sleep.”
To burn fat and keep your metabolism running strong, it’s very important that you get plenty of sleep. Now yes, I understand how busy life can be sometimes (kids, business, career, vacation, etc.). However, if you want that body of your dreams, sleep is SUPER important!
So, what can you do to get more sleep no matter what your lifestyle? Well, what I do first is I ensure that from the moment I awake, I get all of my tasks completed for the day. Second, since it’s usually more difficult to go to bed earlier than it is to awake later, I started doing the latter. Instead of awaking at 4 a.m. (yes, I know, I’m crazy!), I started getting up at 6 a.m. This allowed me to get my recommended 7 hours of sleep.
“I can’t eat several meals a day.”
Eating more frequently with smaller meals is by far one of the best things you can do to boost your metabolism, enhance your digestive system, and cause your body to burn fat. However, if you are too busy or if you have a demanding job, then this may be a problem.
My solution to this problem is to first prepare all of your meals for the day. This way you eliminate the excuse of not having enough time to prepare a meal. Second, if it is difficult for you to eat often during the day, try having homemade nutritious smoothies (protein shakes, vegetable smoothies, fruit smoothies, and more). Also, a small meal can be simple meals that can be eaten on the go (such as a yogurt, a handful of almonds, and an apple for example).
“I don’t like water, so how can I drink a lot of it.”
Drinking at least 1/2 your body-weight in ounces of water everyday is a surefire way to drop pounds fast and improve your overall health. However, this is one of the most common things people have a hard time sticking with.
First off, please avoid drinking sodas (all types) and sugary fruit juices. I know they are delicious and refreshing, but they are also responsible for adding on pounds of unwanted fat and they can harm your overall health. Second, to be able to drink more water with ease, keep an ice-cold water jug with you at all times. Third, make sure that the water is fresh filtered water (it’s better for you and better tasting). And last, you can add some flavor to your water by simply adding a little bit of lemon and/or lime!
“I don’t have enough time or money to exercise or get to a gym.”
As far as time is concerned, why not exercise first thing in the morning as soon as you awake? In fact, exercising first thing in the morning is actually better than exercising later in the day. This is because you’ll provide yourself with sustained energy for the rest of your day and you’ll burn off a ton of STORED calories… instead of the calories you’ve eaten for the day!
As far as not having enough money, you do not need a gym membership and you do not need exercise expensive equipment to exercise. In fact, I’m currently doing my daily exercise routines using nothing but my body and two dumbbells… and that’s it! What’s even better is that I’m getting both cardio and resistance training wrapped up into one.
“I keep injuring myself or cramping up a lot with exercising.”
This could be because you are not stretching, warming up, and cooling down with your exercises. It’s very important to ensure you do those things not only to avoid injury, cramps, and soreness, but to also ensure that you allow your muscle tissue to develop properly.
“Dieting makes me lose energy.”
This could be because you are on a fad diet (low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat, starvation-dieting, etc.). Unnatural diets not only are ineffective and dangerous, they also cause you to lose energy. The best thing to do is to go on a natural diet where food is NOT the enemy. In other words, you should be EATING (the right amount of calories and all types of nutrients) to lose weight.
“I don’t want to start dieting and exercising because it takes too long to get results.”
Ah, a VERY common excuse. Listen, it does not have to take forever for you to get results with dieting and exercising naturally. However, if you find yourself going for the typical fad diets, monthly meal programs, and diet pills that you see all over the place, then that’s a different story. Those things are very ineffective at not only producing REAL results (which means fat loss and not water or muscle loss), they also take a while to generate whatever results you “may” get.