Hey Angels and Alphas,
While we all know weight loss isn’t an easy task, that surely doesn’t stop over 51 percent of Americans to set it as their main fitness goal. Seriously, check out this recent study that found 51 percent of all Americans hope to achieve weight loss in 2021.
But between balancing work, kids’ schedules, family, and other social obligations all while keeping up with your sleep and rest, it can be difficult to lose weight, not to mention keep it off.
It seems like regardless of where or when, sometimes we all get busy, and when that happens, it’s often our weight-loss goals that fall from number 1 to off the priority list entirely.
But one of the critical points to remember is to not make other things or tasks a priority over self-care. Recognize that your health is absolutely paramount to all aspects of your life and know you will be much more productive in the long run when you’re feeling and looking your best.
Below, let’s explore a few tips from the experts on how to handle losing weight even if your schedule is making it look like an impossible task.
7 TIPS FOR ACHIEVING WEIGHT LOSS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE ON A BUSY SCHEDULE
1. FIRST OFF, MAKE A PLAN.
How are you going to make time (notice I didn’t say find time) for your gym habit or daily run? But before we even get into that, start by making a plan for your food and meals. Head over to your local grocery store (or get your groceries delivered so you’re saving time) and then make an effort to meal prep as much as possible.
Whether it’s over the weekend or just on one random night every week, make sure you’re thinking ahead and preparing your meals for the week especially when your schedule is super busy. This will help you save a massive amount of time and cut down the feeling of being overwhelmed with tasks all the time.
2. MAKE IT A PERSONAL LAW TO NOT SKIP MEALS
If you’re trying to lose weight (or gain muscle, for that matter) you shouldn’t be skipping important meals or waiting too long to eat after you’ve felt hungry. This will only result in you overeating when you finally decide to make time for your meal.
3. INCLUDE NEW VEGGIES IN YOUR DIET
You can’t go wrong with focusing on veggies. Not to mention, this will also help your meal prep efforts since you’ll be able to prepare fresh produce ahead of time and have your veggies ready for stir-fries, soups, omelets, sides, and salads. Make veggies the largest component of your meals and you’re always going to be moving in the direction of weight loss.
4. DON’T NEGLECT YOUR NUTRITIONAL STATS
Avoid the calorie-laden pitfalls of high-fat salad dressings or grab-and-go snacks that might come with your quick desk lunch. And always remember that snacking on nuts, seeds and avocado can be healthy, but their calories will add up before you can even say the word calorie. By all means, don’t forget to add these foods to your diet, but keep an eye on your total calorie count throughout the day.
5. STOCK YOUR FREEZER WITH HEALTHY GOODIES
And by healthy goodies, we mean the simple meal backups you can always rely on for fuel and energy. Dishes such as vegetable soups, lentil soup, and bean chili will freeze well, and they can be quickly heated up whenever you don’t have time to cook or you went out of your meal prep schedule.
6. KEEP ON MOVING AND TRAIN WHENEVER YOU CAN
Never neglect exercise, regardless of what your fitness goal is. Healthy eating will bring you even more results when combined with regular exercise so make sure you have a plan for that – and that you’re taking action on it. Make your workouts a priority and have them scheduled in your day.
The bottom line is…
There are several factors that are vital to your weight loss efforts, and even though any of them can be derailed by a busy schedule, they don’t have to be. If you want to lose weight, you can still set yourself up for success by just doing some extra planning on your meals and exercise ahead of time.