How to Avoid Falling Down the Weight Gain Rabbit Hole
As human beings we all get complacent, bored, unmotivated, and if you’ve been working out or eating right for some time (especially if you have managed to reach your goal weight) you might find yourself skipping workout days and having cheat days more and more.
As someone who worked out for a year five days a week, with no exceptions, I can attest that this is a normal attitude to develop.
And it’s even healthy to give yourself a break every now and then, but if you’re not careful you might find yourself falling down the rabbit hole of weight gain.
If you relate to the above, here’s what you need to start doing yesterday!
- Pick up Logging – Weighing and logging is one of the fastest, surefire ways to make you fully aware of how far you have strayed from your diet and nutrition plan. It’s easy to think you’re not that bad when you don’t actually know what you’re consuming. So, break out the scale and reinstall your tracking app, pronto!
- Stop Buying New Clothes – Almost nothing will motivate me to get my butt back into shape like not being able to fit into my cute clothes. If you just run out and buy larger clothes, that reality that you’re packing on the pounds won’t sting as hard.
- Commit to Exercise – Ease back into your routine slowly but surely. If you were working out five or six days a week before, just promise to do three or even two. As I always say, try to identify exercise genres that you love (yoga, pilates, dance, jogging). Group exercise or a workout buddy is the best way to be held accountable. Spending money is also a pretty good motivator so that your hard earned coins don’t go to waste. This might also be a good time to expand your horizons and try things you have never done before to see if it might be a good fit. If you don’t have the expendable income to join a gym or boutique, invest in a set of three to five pounds weights and do body weight exercises while watching your favorite reality television show.
- Say Goodbye to Snacks – Snacks are pretty much the devil. Honestly, it’s hard to find a good snack that won’t completely harm your efforts to lost weight. For starters, they are usually very calorie dense (even the healthy ones, like nuts), they don’t leave you feeling very full (apples are pretty much like air in my stomach), and they leave you wanting more if it’s the yummy stuff like cheetos or chips. Stick to two to three hot meals a day and omit snacking all together to get back on the bandwagon.
Implement these tips and you should see results in no time!