by Kevin DiDonato, MS, CSCS, CES
There are many people that have a TON of excuses when it comes to losing weight.
In my years as a trainer, I have heard a number of them:
“I don’t have enough TIME to eat right and exercise!”
“Most “diet” foods tastes like cardboard!”
“I am just too TIRED to make healthy food.”
“It’s too expensive.”
And on, and on, and on!
It seems there’s an excuse for everything.
But, then there’s the flip side: those people are also the ones who WANT to lose weight – the same ones with the excuses – and get frustrated and mad when they can’t!
So you see, it all leads to an endless rollercoaster, with no one ever getting off.
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But, today is going to be different…
Today is the day you are going to learn some POSITIVE tricks to starting – and more importantly – sticking to your weight loss plans!
These easy-to-implement steps will…
* Transform bland tasting vegetables into tasty treats…
* Make preparing a meal simple, cost effective, and EASY…
* Will help you avoid Common pitfalls that will do nothing but TANK your weight loss…
* And much, much more!
Keep reading to discover five ways to stay – and enjoy – your diet, once and for all!
Five Easy Ways To Stick With It
Although there may be a TON of ways to keep you motivated, there are many people that find it extremely difficult to do so.
Family obligations, work, social hour, or just plain LIFE gets in the way!
But luckily for you, these five 5 steps may encourage you to stick with your plan, lose the extra weight, and most importantly, look GREAT doing it!
So without further ado…
Replace “I don’t have time” with already prepared fish or chicken
Time. Now, this is the biggest obstacle when it comes to sticking with your diet plan.
You may be in a rush on your way home from work. You may not have ANYTHING in the house to cook.
So what do you do?
You head to the grocery store. Now, you skip the frozen food section (too much fat, fillers, additives, and sodium) and head to the deli.
Here you find already made chicken or turkey breast, or you can head to the seafood department where you may be able to find already cooked wild-caught salmon.
Pair that with some vegetables (see step 2) and some brown rice, quinoa, or sweet potatoes, and you have a meal perfect for the entire family.
Plus, it keeps your goals on track for boosting your fat loss.
Replace “I buy it for the kids” with healthier snack options
If you have kids, then you know how hard it is to keep food on the shelves for them when they get home.
Let alone finding the best, healthy snacks that EVERY ONE will enjoy!
So, if you’re like most parents, you buy the chips, dips, and easy-to-make snack treats that only pack in the calories, fat, and sodium.
And you, like most, probably end up eating them as well!
What should you do? Buy a fruit or vegetable platter and keep the junk food OUT!
This will cut down on YOUR unnecessary snacking, added calories, and junk food simply ending up in your stomach.
Replace “These veggies taste AWFUL” with the best tasting veggies around
Veggies, which are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, are both a low-calorie and a low-fat food.
And they are perfect additions to any plate when you’re in the fat loss game.
The fiber found in vegetables may fill you up, therefore preventing you from eating more.
But there is only one problem: Most vegetables, if overcooked, may taste bland and overdone.
And this may leave your taste buds craving something better!
There is a simple solution: Toss them in garlic, balsamic vinegar, or olive oil for a great tasting, appetite-suppressing side dish.
It may not only boost your intake of vegetables, but should also take away from the bland, dried out, or overdone taste!
Replace “I need CHOCOLATE” with a dark chocolate treat
For some people, chocolate is the main downfall to a diet. Are you one of them?
In most cases, you don’t need to give up your chocolate treat just because you’re watching what you eat.
The fact is: Dark chocolate – which is MUCH better than milk chocolate – has been linked to improvements in heart health and blood pressure.
Plus, the antioxidants and the flavonoids found in dark chocolate have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
Keep ONE ounce of dark chocolate around in those times when you really need that little taste of chocolate.
Replace: “I LOVE Carbs” with carbs + protein + fat = Satisfied
Although carbs are an important source of nutrition for your brain and muscles, many people tend to overeat this type of food.
And, they’re eating the wrong types!
First, most people tend to eat refined carbs (cakes, sweets, processed breads, etc.), which spike insulin levels and promote greater fat storage.
Plus, the sudden rise and drop in blood sugar usually tanks your energy levels.
But, if you’re smart about mixing carbohydrates with a high-quality protein and some healthy fats, then you may slow the absorption of many of those carbs, therefore stabilizing your blood sugar.
Besides that, the protein takes a lot longer to break down and process, therefore it actually may SUPPRESS your appetite, leaving you full and satisfied as opposed to chewing at the bit until your next meal.
Start Burning Fat Today
By implementing these FIVE steps today, you may find it easier to stick to your weight loss goals.
So what are you waiting for?
Start making positive changes to your fat loss results – NOW!
Mark Dilworth, BA, PES