Long term success in slimming down is rarely an easy achievement, but that does not mean give up at the first setback, or second, or third. You naturally face weight loss obstacles every day, from lack of motivation to eat right and exercise in favor of staying home with the kids to the piles of donuts, candy dishes and soda in the break room at work. The key to leaping over these obstacles in a single bound (and you may need to repeatedly leap them) is to stay persistent in your weight loss efforts and to make necessary changes in your lifestyle and midset to weaken these barriers.
In their newest book The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat Well. Enjoy Life. Lose Weight., the experts at Mayo Clinic and Dr Donald Hensrud describe the most common road blocks people face in their quest to achieve a healthy weight and ways to get around them. "Learning to identify potential roadblocks and confront personal temptations is an important part of being successful in losing weight," they write. "To make it past the rough spots, it's important to have strategies ready to guide your response as problems arise."
It's natural to lose faith in losing weight if you've tried in the past and had little to no success, or perhaps lost weight and then regained it back. "Don't be discouraged…many people experiment with several weight loss plans before they find an approach that works," explain the authors of The Mayo Clinic Diet.
Strategies to boost your weight loss confidence:
Emotional overeating seems an easy solution for when you're feeling weak and in need of serious comfort. However, food isn't the long-term solution, and can even cause you more duress when you start to pack on the pounds or your clothes start to feel snug.
Strategies to help keep food unrelated to your mood:
For many people, food and television or food and entertainment of any kind go hand in hand. "There's nothing inherently wrong with eating while watching a show, film or live event, but when you're distracted, you tend to eat mindlessly -- which typically translates into eating more than you intended to eat," say the Mayo Clinic weight loss experts. "If you're unable to break this habit, at least make sure you're munching on something low in calories."
Strategies to eat mindfully and munch less:
Finding party foods hard to resist isn't uncommon. They are typically foods you don't make for yourself and they are always presented in such a way you can't help but want to try every single one. The key, however, isn't to forgo festive gatherings. Instead, treat yourself to just a few of the most appealing eats.
Strategies for navigating the hors d'oeuvre table:
The habit of eating late at night may be a tough one to break, but it can be one of the biggest barriers to your weight loss efforts because you fill up on calories that don't get burned off while you're snug in your bed sleeping.
Strategies to battle the late night munchies:
Eat a half gallon of ice cream after a stressful day at work? Hit the drive-thru for breakfast, lunch and dinner because you didn't pack any food before you left the house? Wake up to a three-pound weight gain? All of these events can make you feel like kicking your diet plan to the curb. However, rest assured, lapses are a normal part of losing weight for everyone. When you lapse, don't give up; just get back on track.
Strategies to prevent a lapse from becoming a collapse:
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