For several years now, I have been working with women to help them begin their fitness journeys. For every person that signs up for my challenge groups, one of the first things I ask them about is where they are currently at in their daily health and fitness routines.
After doing this for several years, I have noticed a few commonalities that everyone shares. The first is that most every one I talk to is already aware of what and where they need to improve. The second is that most of these areas of improvement are shared by everyone. Everyone tells me pretty much the same thing.
What I have found is that the reason most women already know what they need to improve on is because the area where they struggle has turned into a habit, and ultimately what they need is some accountability to help them break those habits.
Ladies, real talk: In order to get the results you want in your health and fitness journey, you ultimately will need to break those habits in your life.
So I decided to take the 6 most common bad habits that I hear women struggle with and share them here so that you can see that we all have the same struggles, and that we all can help each other overcome them.
So without further ado, here are the 6 bad habits you should break to help you lose weight:
Saying “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy”
This could also just be called, “Making excuses”, but I think we have all said something along these lines when it comes to our health and fitness. The truth is, your health and fitness is worth making time for.
Even if you don’t have time or are too busy, make time. Everyone is busy. There is always something trying to fill our time, but our health and fitness is one area that we have to make time for if we are going to be equipped to live out God’s calling for our lives as wives and mothers.
If you don’t know what sugar does to our bodies, just watch the documentary Fed Up. Excess sugar consumption is a big factor in weight gain and fat storage, and it doesn’t take much sugar to go over your daily amount.
I believe it is recommended to eat no more than 35 grams of added sugar a day. If your someone who drinks soft drinks or sugary drinks on the reg, I challenge you to try going 30 days without drinking them and see what it does for you.
If you quit cold turkey, you might experience headaches as your body experiences withdraws from all of that sugar, so wean off of them over a few days if necessary.
Skipping meals might sound like a good idea if you are trying to lose weight because it seems logical that if you eat less, you will lose weight; however, this is not always the case, and in fact, skipping meals can actually slow your metabolism and cause you to gain weight.
When your body doesn’t get the energy it needs from eating food regularly, it will go into “starvation mode” where it will slow your metabolism down in order to conserve energy.
If you find yourself skipping meals because of your busy schedule, I would recommend trying Shakeology. It's a quick option and it’s packed with the nutrients your body needs and it’s easy to drink when you are on the go.
Snacking throughout the day is one of the most common habits I hear from the women who join my challenge groups. A lot of the time it happens from boredom or while at work.
There is a lot of new research being done on the effects of snacking. Some findings say that snacking actually makes us more hungry, and that it interferes with our ability to burn fat.
Most of the time when we snack, we aren’t snacking on healthy foods. It’s also very easy to over snack. It’s best to eat the 3 healthy, balanced main meals leaving 4-5 hours in between meals and avoid snacking throughout the day.
This one is fairly obvious but can also be a tough habit to break. Most of the time we eat out due the the convenience of not having to cook ourselves. Not only is eating out expensive, but a lot of the foods are not the healthiest.
Sauces and salad dressings have a lot of “hidden” calories that most people overlook. It’s also easy to splurge or cheat a little on our diets when we eat out.
Breaking this habit does require some planning, not just by cooking healthy meals at home, but also being sure you bring some food with you to work or when you go out so that you aren’t forced to eat out. A little planning can go a long way.
You probably already know that eating before you go to bed is not the best for you, so I won’t go into those details, yet many women still give into those late night cravings. Most of the time, it’s straight to the sweets that we go late at night.
If you find yourself hungry before bed, try substituting those sugar cravings with some fruit. Also be sure you are getting good sleep at night. Lack of sleep or going to bed late can influence those late night cravings.
Ultimately the key to success is acknowledging the habit and taking action. Even just ridding yourself of one of these habits can help you start seeing progress in your overall health journey, whether it is weight loss or more energy.
It's not easy, but it's possible with some accountability and a little planning.
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