Embarking on a weight loss journey or healthy lifestyle overhaul is no easy task.
It involves a lot of will power, planning, insight and motivation. There are so many people with soooo many different opinions about what’s best to do and what’s not….and everyone is different. What works for my body may not work for yours, but that’s ok. I think the best way to succeed in a healthy lifestyle is to create a balance than works for you…that is something you can do for the long haul- no easy ways out here! And finding the fit that is right for you is something you need to focus on and take time to figure out.
I have definitely slipped up from time to time and have discovered where I fail and where I succeed when it comes to achieving my own version of my perfect body that feels good, looks good and is fun and simple to maintain. I have also read about other people’s journeys which is so interesting because seeing it form another persons perspective is eye opening!
But in my research, and self research, I discovered that there are a few key ways we sabotage ourselves across the board…meaning most people make these mistakes AND they are easy mistakes to fix or adjust. You just have to be aware of them first!
So here are the 6 ways you could be sabotaging your healthy lifestyle and how to fix them:
- Focusing on what you can’t eat:
This happens a lot. It’s certainly happened to me all the time and still does every now and then. I want to slim down a bit and suddenly I think about all the stuff I’m not allowed to have and focus on that….but that isn’t a healthy thing to do mentally. “No sugar, no alcohol, no carbs, no cheese” etc etc. It can leave you feeling sad and trapped. It’s better to focus on what you can have that you love and find ways to make healthy foods taste better (which is what I always do with my recipes!! Check them out if you need some inspo!)
2. Cutting out a food group
How many times have you decided you are not going to eat any carbs anymore or any red meat? Yep, I’ve been there. I have done it all! I once only ate raw foods for a month, and I was pretty miserable because I felt so restricted and I didn’t enjoy the food I was eating. I felt like I was being punished….which is NO way to live! Cutting out an entire food group can also leave your diet very unbalanced and lacking in nutrients. If it’s not something you can see yourself doing for more than a few weeks, don’t do it….it’s not worth the struggle. Instead, focus on eating from all food groups and balancing out your diet so you don’t feel deprived.
3. Steering clear of all fats
FAT IS GOOD! We need to eat healthy fats! If you don’t, your body won’t function properly, you’ll feel weak and tired, your hair and nails will turn to shit and you’re brain won’t be happy. Healthy fats also help you feel and stay full, which is important when trying to lose weight. I like to include a little bit of healthy fat at every meal with a few almonds, some avocado, olive oil on my salad, some peanut butter in my shake, salmon sashimi for dinner etc. It’s brain food and will keep your inner and outer appearance top notch.
4. Taking weekends off
This is a tricky one. I do like the idea of a cheat meal- thats ONE MEAL you guys- but I am not a fan of these indulgent cheat weekends I see people do all the time. I get it: its easy to see the weekend as a time to indulge more after a long week of working hard and eating well BUT it’s probably sabotaging your waistline in the long run. If you do this every weekend, it’s becoming a regular habit, a bad one. I like to choose one day a week to eat something I normally wouldn’t and maybe have an extra glass of wine with it- nothing crazy, but it helps me stay sane. Get your fix of that thing you love and enjoy it and then go back to normal, knowing very well that you ARE able to eat things you love AND you ARE able to appreciate it while still living a healthy lifestyle.
5. Skimping on water consumption
This one is so important! Staying hydrated is the key to any healthy lifestyle and weight loss journey!! When you are hydrated, you are less likely to overeat and the food you do eat will fill you up more. Water also aids in digestion. I can’t say enough about the importance of water. Drink it all day! Before, during and after meals, and I guarantee your appetite will be completely under your control.
6. Dipping too low in calories
You would think that drastically cutting your calories per day would lead to faster easier weight loss right? Nope, not so fast you guys! Drastically cutting calories can work in the short term, but eventually your body will start to store foods as fat in order to compensate for how little you are feeding it. Yep- your body will sabotage your calorie cutting. That’s why its so important to eat well and eat enough- don’t freak out trying to only eat 1,200 calories a day. Focus on how you feel and try to adjust accordingly, which may take some time and experimenting to figure out. I’ll admit it. I count calories. Its sort of this weird habit I can’t shake. I know how many calories are in basically everything and I have a little ticker in my brain that counts as I go. Sometimes its a trouble though because I get TOO hung up on the “am I eating too much?” “am I eating enough?” thoughts daily. But it happens, so I deal and I make sure to eat enough so that my body can function at its full potential. All those workouts need fuel!
Whether you are just maintaining a healthy lifestyle, going through a life change or want to lose weight, I hope these tips can help and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments!