Do you find that you often make the excuse that you are too busy to lose weight? Well, you are certainly not alone.
Nowadays it seems as though we all are much busier than in the past. What with growing demands from work, and our family and friend commitments.
Yet if you value your long term health and have gained a little weight then you need to find time to achieve your weight loss goals. Read the following guide to weight loss and discover a few methods that could help you achieve your goal.
#1: Don’t skip your weekly grocery shop
If you want to eat healthily then you need to make sure that you have plenty of healthy foods to choose from.
Skipping the weekly shop may mean that you do not have any fresh fruit or vegetables at home, meaning you maybe forced to eat less healthy alternatives.
#2: Pre-prepare a few meals
For those who are too busy to cook a healthy meal when they come home from work it maybe a good idea to pre-prepare a few healthy meals beforehand.
Pick a day when you are least busy, personally I do mine on a Sunday, as this will give you a little time to prepare and cook these meals.
You can then freeze these ready to re-heat when you are too busy to create a meal from scratch.
#3: Prepare some healthy snacks too
Similarly the previous tip will work for your snack foods too.
Preparing a few small tupperware boxes with fresh fruit will be a better option than you reaching for the cookies or crisps the next time you feel peckish between meals.
#4: Watch your carb intake
There are various diets that make you cut your carb intake, but this is not what I am advising as carbs are an essential nutrient that your body needs.
What I am suggesting however is to watch what type of carbs you consume.
Certain carbs (for example refined carbs) like white bread and pasta are quickly digested, which will give your blood sugar levels an almost instant boost. However this is short lived and you will soon crash, resulting in further food cravings.
What I would suggest to ward off these cravings would be to avoid refined carbs and to choose alternatives such as unrefined or whole grain carbs. Examples of these include:
- Whole-wheat breads
- Whole-wheat pastas
- Wild and brown rice
If your time is precious you do not want to be wasting time preparing more meals or snacks than you need to. So eatings these types of carbs will reduce the number of cravings you experience.
#5: Keep snacks with you
Sometimes you will simply be too busy to have a tidy meal, but this is not something I would recommend.
Skipping meals may actually cause weight gain as you will tend to over-indulge the next time that you sit down for a meal.
Therefore I suggest you keep a healthy snack with you at all times, so that you can curb those cravings when needed. And so that you are not forced into buying a less than healthy snack instead.
#6: Pre-prepare your breakfast
If you know you have an early start in the morning and that you may not have time to prepare and eat anything substantial. Perhaps you could pre-prepare your breakfast the night before.
A failure to eat breakfast will only lead to mid-morning cravings.
#7: Make healthy food swaps
This suggestion will not take up any additional time but can have a big impact on your weight loss efforts.
Example of healthy food swaps include:
- Swapping your soft drinks for water
- Cutting your sugar intake
- Eating smaller food portions
#8: Schedule your workouts
If your life is busy then finding the time to workout can seem almost impossible, this is why many of find that exercise is the first thing to fall by the wayside.
For a successful weight loss journey though you need both a healthy diet and regular exercise, so you must try and find the time to workout.
Most of us have a good idea of when we are most busy so I would suggest scheduling your workouts when you are less busy.
Remember you do not need to be working out for hours at a time. Research has shown that you can get as good a workout in 10 minutes as you can in an hour.
The key is the intensity that you workout. A more intensive workout will burn considerably more calories than one where you are simply going through the motions.
#9: Be flexible
One of the key tips for successful weight loss while busy is to remain as flexible as possible.
Sometimes your schedule may become messed up, but you must not let it get you down. Just rearrange your schedule and keep moving forward.
The worst thing you can do is allow these small issues to derail your efforts completely.