You have been eating in a healthier fashion and exercising a couple of times per week, however for some reason the number on the scale is not decreasing like you thought it would, especially after all this effort.
Naturally this can become very frustrating and cause a person to question the validity of making all these changes. In other words, this individual may start questioning “Why should I eat healthier and exercise if it’s not helping me lose weight?”
First things first. It needs to be commended that this person is changing their ways making more positive choices consuming nutritious foods along with regularly exercising. There’s a multitude of health benefits from those two changes alone as opposed to continuing to eat fast food regularly and not get any form of exercise whatsoever.
The Barbed Wire of Weight Loss
Secondly, there likely only needs to be a few minor changes in how the day is lived so that the weight loss results will be attained much more rapidly and frustration can finally be thrown out the window. This is specifically where the barbed wire of weight loss comes into play.
If you take a close look at a traditional piece of barbed wire, it’s simply a round wire with twisted knots of spikes evenly spaced apart to help deter someone from being able to easily pass over. If those barbs weren’t there, a person would be faced with a smooth wire causing no resistance making it easy to cross.
Think of this barbed wire as your obstacle in the weight loss process. If losing weight was a simple process to go from obese to fit, everyone would be in shape and we would not have the statistical issue we have these days in regards to obesity.
Unfortunately this is not the case and the reason why when you figuratively look up and down that strand of barbed wire, you will continually see obstacles attempting to slow your progress towards reaching your fitness goal.
Keep in mind, just because a person makes healthier meal choices and exercises a couple of times a week does not automatically translate to a drastic reduction in weight. That would be great if it would work that way, but that’s often not the case. It’s the specific details that will determine your success in this weight loss endeavour.
That’s not to say you need to count the calories of every single thing you consume every day, but you should be cognizant of the food and drinks you are taking in.
In other words, be careful because portion size can easily get out of hand if self-control is not kept in check. The “extras” that often get added to meals can rapidly turn a healthy meal into one that goes way overboard in calories.
Items such as bread sticks, appetizers, desserts, and beverages will quickly raise your calorie total to one that is no longer considered healthy. These are the barbs in your nutritional wire you need to try to avoid.
Also think of the other sneaky barbs you’ll come across in the form of unhealthy snacks. Items such as potato chips, cupcakes, crackers, pies, and cookies do nothing but pack on enormous amounts of calories that are not nutritionally sound.
Each one of those are barbs that will slow your progress.
These unhealthy items should not be found in an individual’s house if they truly want to lose weight and get fit. Toss them out and don’t buy these types of items for at least a month as you focus on making healthier choices.
It will all come down to the decisions you make with the choices you’re confronted with regularly. Naturally one or two unhealthy decisions will not ruin everything, but they can slow you down and tempt you to quit the process altogether.
If you want to have success getting through the barbed wire of weight loss, you need to constantly be alert of the dangers you’ll face. Focus on each choice and try to make them as appropriate as possible.
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