No matter how much you diet and exercise, sometimes it can seem that none of your hard work is paying off.
Here are three things that are keeping you from the body you want, perhaps without you even realising...
#1 You’re At War With Your Own Brain
So much of losing weight and getting fit is in your head. Or at least, it starts there. Your brain is a massively powerful tool, and it can be your best ally or your worst enemy.
Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Feed your brain positive words, give it triggers which it can turn into habits, and work to fight cravings.
When you eat high sugar, high fat foods, you make it much harder to eat a healthy diet. Those “cravings” type foods have a huge impact on the reward centre of your brain. So you want more, and more.
But the opposite it also true. The more regularly you eat healthy food, the more you want it. Rubbish food becomes less appealing. Your brain learns a different kind of reward.
So think ahead. Put good habits in place. Get out of your own way.
And remember, junk food is tempting to two kinds of people: those who eat it all the time, and those who have just started to avoid it. If you manage to go without it for a decent amount of time, you’re in the safe zone!
#2 You’re Not Increasing Lean Body Mass (Muscle)
Losing weight is about more than burning calories through cardio training. You need to actually work to increase your muscle mass if you want to get the type of look you like.
Now remember that NONE of us can actually pack on tons of muscle and look like a big bodybuilder. We just don’t have the hormones, and we don’t eat enough or train diligently enough. You are not going to wake up one day hugely muscly.
But what will happen is that you’ll actually sculpt the body you want. So when you burn some of the body fat away, there will be a firm, shapely physique under there.
And more muscle means a stronger metabolism, so you can manage your weight more easily as you get older.
#3 You Lie To Yourself
Ooh, the big one. We’ve all done it.
Do you say you want to eat healthy - and genuinely mean it - but then grab a box of granola (“it was on offer”) or a pack of biscuits (“I’ll only have one…”) within a week?
Rationalisation is dangerous. It’s lying to yourself.
If you’re making excuses wrapped up as reasonable explanations, it’s time to stop. It’s amazing how good we all get at justifying and rationalising our bad habits.
And the worst of it is - we are doing this to ourselves!
So start calling yourself out. Remember every time you buy the crisps/biscuits/whatever it is… then end up eating nearly all of it by yourself. Remember all the times you had a big treat meal when you knew, deep down, you didn’t deserve it.
Start to recognise your excuses, justifications, and lies. And start being honest with yourself.
Because lying to yourself will keep you in an endless loop of frustration.
You’re worth more than that.