I am a very tough-love kind of friend. I’m there when you need me but if you want some help, I’m your girl to kick you out your slump and give you some straight-talking. I have all the time in the world to help you get to your goal but don’t give me any of the excuses’s below – they are holding you back! I apologise in advance of this rant post – I just want you to get out of your own way!
1. “I don’t like healthy food.”
That’s amazing that you’ve tried every single food ever… Actually what you’re saying is that you love pizza, burgers and fries and you aren’t prepared to go without them to try something new instead. People perceive eating healthy as a restriction, when in fact it opens your world to a variety of food that you would never have looked twice at. If you look closely, a restaurant’s menu or a supermarket is filled with options that will hep you slim and taste delicious.
2. “I don’t have time to go to the gym / meal preparation.”
Meal prep on a Sunday can take a hour out of your weekend which saves you cooking every night after work – how do you not have time for that? And as for the gym I have two answers:
- You don’t need exercise to lose weight. Weight loss can be done 100% through calorie deficits and you never need to go near a gym.
- If you do want to speed up weight loss then considering running. Nothing strips fat like running. For my weight and height just a 15min jog will burn ~200 calories. If I implemented this every day, this would add up to 2lbs a month lost before any change to my diet.
3. “Counting calories is just too hard.”
Except that it’s not. Someone close to me is on a Slimming World programme. She gets so many points in a day and has to search her food in a Slimming World app to see what the points are worth to keep under her limit. But she thinks calorie counting is hard…
If you’ve never counted calories I can see how it’s daunting but this passes after the first week. It’s not ‘hard’, just new and something you’ve never done before. I always recommend to people that you give it a go for a week without changing your eating habits just to get used to doing it.
4. “I eat healthy already – it doesn’t work.”
If you had actually eaten well then you would have lost weight. Calorie counting is maths and scientific and there’s no way to do it ‘right’ and not see effects. Too often I’ll follow weight loss social media accounts and see a recent post about their breakfast which easily adds up to 1000cals. People think that ‘healthy foods = weight loss‘ but they forget an really important part of the equation. It’s actually ‘healthy food + the correction portion = weight loss‘.
5. “I’ll start after that wedding / party / event.”
There is never a good time to start a weight loss program – there will always be social events on. It’s actually brilliant practice because if you have a long journey ahead of you, learning to balance daily life and a healthy lifestyle is a great skill to learn early.
If you’re looking to lose weight and are fed up of your own excuses, read my Weight Loss 101 page to get started.