One of the major reasons why people find it difficult to lose weight is because it involves breaking established habits. After all, if you’re trying to shed weight, you need to drastically change your lifestyle so that you consume fewer calories and engage in more activity. Most people don’t want to make these big changes to their life and even fewer want to get out of their comfort zone.
However, there are a couple of ways to make weight loss a lot more enjoyable.
Dieting Doesn’t Need To Be Difficult Or Drastic
People get this idea in their heads that dieting means a big short-term change in what they eat. For example, they might completely cut out carbs, they might only eat vegetables, or they might avoid certain foods. They might reduce their daily calorie intake to under half of what they’re used to, or they might stick to a liquid-only diet for a few months just for the sake of losing weight.
None of these are sustainable for the average person. Fad diets aren’t designed to work forever and you should be looking to make long sustainable changes to your life. If you’re looking to change your diet and consume fewer calories, then you need to make small changes. Swap soda for something healthier, add more vegetables instead of carbs to your dishes and try to avoid snacking on sugary things. Making small changes like this is much easier to stomach and can help you develop better long-term habits.
Have Fun With Your Exercise
The goal of exercise is to increase your heart rate which helps your body burn more calories. This doesn’t mean that you need to repeat the same boring exercises over and over. Instead, why not try balancing fun and fit? There are loads of fun ways to get your exercise in and many of them involve games. For example, you could try playing sports with friends and family members instead of just doing weight training. Alternatively, you could try video games such as RingFit which are focused on fitness.
While weight loss training can be rather generic at times, there are loads of ways to expand your repertoire of exercises so that your workouts are more varied and interesting. In many cases, you might not even need to do formal workouts as long as you’re getting some activity every day. This could just be walking briskly to and from work, or it could be getting off the bus at a stop early so you can walk the rest of the way.
Weight loss can seem like a chore to many people, but it’s much easier to handle if you’re willing to go for long-term results as opposed to quick weight loss. At the end of the day, your goal should be to lose weight at a steady pace so that you’re less likely to forget your habits and sink back into what you’re used to. If you familiarise yourself with small changes, you’ll be able to stick with those better habits forever.