Happy New Year! I hope your last day of 2017 and celebrations into 2018 were amazing!
And so, the holiday season is over for another 11 months. They were great while they lasted but all of that extra food you ate is now starting to take its toll on you. Busted can of biscuits anyone?
You are desperate to start shifting those extra pounds but the issue is that you just can’t seem to get your health and nutrition back on track. If you feel like this, don’t worry because you are not alone - it is not always easy to get back on track with your weight after the festive season.
To give you the insight that you need to make changes to your health, below is a guide to five reasons that you are still overweight.
1. You’re still eating leftover Holiday food
Your cupboards and fridge may still be packed with leftover holiday food and treats. You decided to finish them before starting your new diet. You either don’t want to be rude and waste money by throwing it away or you have the belief that many people do, that you need to clear out the bad food before changing your nutrition habits.
I hope seeing this in writing will actually make you go: "That's right, but why do I think that?" Imagine how many people would appreciate that food who didn't have the chance to spend their holidays under a roof, let alone to have Christmas goodies. Help others to help yourself and donate your leftovers ASAP so you can get on with your fitness goals.
2. You thought it was reasonable to Restrict your calories to the extreme
A mistake that far too many people make when it comes to starting a diet is choosing to reduce their calorie consumption down to 1000 and attempting to never eat their favorite snacks again. This is not a healthy way to lose weight and is not a sustainable one either.
My online coaching clients already know that falling for the detox fads will only get them binging to the extremes when their willpower blows. Instead of punishing yourself by hardly eating and avoiding your favorite food, try to find a balance. A slice of cake in itself won't make you fat. If you have two of them every day, gaining love handles is guaranteed. Stay sensible but focused.
3. You started following a random #Fitspo workout plan
You started following a random #Fitspo workout and diet plan on Instagram and now you are in pain and back on the couch. While there are many expert professionals out there who provide online workouts, if you haven't got much experience or the video demonstration is not in-depth enough, you will likely get it wrong and cause yourself an injury.
If you are a total beginner, you will need a personal fitness trainer who will teach you the basics, guide you through your workouts until you both are confident you can do them on your own. If you understand exercises just need expert advice, a goal specific workout plan and quality videos and support, choose a professional with credentials and client success stories.
4. You used meal replacement shakes wrong
Not all shakes are created equal. IF it has the "meal replacement" expression in its name or description, it'll likely be unusually high in calories for a shake. If you have used one of these products as an added meal or snack to your normal food, you probably ended up consuming way more calories than you need, especially if your goal is weight loss.
The single most important principle of weight loss is "calorie deficit". How much calories your body needs is specific to your body metrics. The "guru" who sold you that shake probably hasn't walked you through the basics and how you should use their promoted product. Don't get me started on these alleged "health coaches".
First, check the label and find out how many calories there are in one "meal". Second, ditch the product and focus on real food first. If it tastes ok and makes your life a little bit easier on busy days, try it instead of the meal you struggle with, just make sure it fits your calorie goals for the day.
5. You didn’t attend my last GET REAL challenge
You made the mistake of not joining my last GET REAL challenge. During the challenge I teach and coach participants how to lose weight and get fit while enjoying life. Worry no more, there is a new launch and you still have time to register your interest!
Achieving weight loss success is not an easy task, especially as there is so much confusing advice around. However, if you are smart about who you trust and are motivated to achieve your weight loss goals, you can significantly increase your chance of weight loss success this year.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.