Weight loss motivation is a BIG problem especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. The problem can just seem IMPOSSIBLE. This is part 3 of our 8 part series exploring the 7 most crippling problems faced by people trying to stick to a weight loss plan and offer the solutions that allowed me to break free of the weight loss plateau. What is the BIGGEST problem that kills the weight loss motivation of thousands? Problem 2: I don’t have time for preparing healthy meals! Weight loss solution No.1 – AVOID! AVOID! AVOID! I sympathize with you COMPLETELY if the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove after a 10 hour (or more) workday. But even if you do work multiple jobs and need to eat out or get take away for almost every meal there is no excuse for poor eating. We live in the 21st century and in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Almost every type of food available is within close proximity to many of us who live in the city and even semi rural areas these days. There are choices and we need to carefully consider the cost of constantly choosing foods that are stealing away our weight loss solutions. SCARY FACT: It is possible to buy take away foods EVERY DAY of the week and still lose weight.
How did I do it? I stuck to the plan that I have outlined below. The weight loss secret is all about small portions, light healthy meals and WHAT TO AVOID! Top 4 types of foods to AVOID when buying take aways:
- AVOID FRIED FOODS
Fried foods are everywhere. Hamburgers, fish and chips, chicken, spring rolls etc. the list just goes on! But have you noticed the local sandwich shop offering chicken salad, whole wheat wraps, salads with wholemeal bread… there are more possibilities out there than you think. Anything steamed, grilled or baked rather than fried will make a BIG difference to your fat intake.
- AVOID EXTRAS SUCH AS SAUCES AND TOPPINGS
That chicken schnitzel with cheese and parmigana sauce may make your day but it won’t make your weight loss solutions become a reality. Other weight loss killers include butter, sour cream, full cream yoghurts, mayo, tartare sauce and relish. The general pattern is to avoid extras based on sugars and dairy products. The worst thing is we often underestimate the effects of these items on our weight loss solutions. We think “they are so small, how can they affect the overall result?” Let me tell you that in the past I have been guilty of eating a whole carton of sour cream with a plate of wedges and it adds up big time! Avoid these extras altogether and if you can’t then be very mindful of the amount you are using.
- AVOID LARGE SERVINGS AND UPSIZING
It is very tempting when the larger size is only 50 cents more but the number of calories you are adding can be much more expensive to your diet than 50 measly cents! The best piece of advice someone ever gave me is “you have to learn to say NO”. The food servers are trained to ask you to upsize. They are simply doing their job. They won’t be the least bit offended if you say no. You won’t look rude or like a fool especially if you add a “thank you” to that “no”. Don’t be afraid to Carbofix say it. No-one is making you say “yes”.
- AVOID SUGAR AND DAIRY BASED ALCOHOLS
After we have had a few too many drinks, worries about calories go straight out the window. Irish Cream and milk may taste great but all that milk and the sweet Irish Cream itself is loaded with all the wrong things if you have too many. If you must drink choose a low carb beer or a dry wine (preferably red). Diet soft drinks are not ideal but preferable to their sugar loaded full soft drink counterparts. Nothing beats a nice cold glass of filtered water. It tastes great and you can enjoy it to your hearts content!
HELP! How can I ease the pain?Don’t let your weight loss motivation fall if constantly being hungry is getting you down. An adjustment period is normal when you are embarking on any major lifestyle change.
Many people turn to an appetite suppressant called Hoodia to help them through this adjustment period. This natural dietary supplement is a form of the Hoodia Cactus that is famous for its ability to suppress hunger and thirst. Hoodia has been used by the Bushmen of South Africa for hundreds of years to suppress their appetite during long hunting trips through the Kalahari Desert.
The hoodia has the effect of fooling your brain into thinking you are full. It has allowed thousands of Americans to get their food cravings under control and not feel the physical anguish of hunger pains from eating smaller meals. It will allow you to get used to healthier and lighter meals and is a fantastic way to start your diet or start to actually see success in your diet if you have previously made no real progress.
It is not a miracle. You will still need to have mental weight loss motivation but the physical adjustment difficulties will be much easier to conquer when using Hoodia. It turned the weight loss battle on its head when hoodia was discovered in 2003 and for many people it was the breakthrough that allowed them to finally experience the elusive weight loss solution. There are many hoodia extracts you can choose from tablets to capsules to liquids and even patches but BE CAREFUL.
WARNING:Some Hoodia supplements contain little or no authentic Hoodia. Hoodia is very rare and many companies are selling fake Hoodia products to jump on the popularity of this product as a weight loss solution.