Losing weight can be a long journey, and you’re likely to encounter many difficult situations that can easily derail your weight-loss efforts. Here are two of the most common pitfalls, as well as tips for dealing with them when they do arise:
- Eating out
The healthiest foods are those you cook at home, using less oil, sugar, etc. However, the occasion will arise when you’ll need to eat outside. Most foods served in restaurants are loaded with fats and cholesterol, and you need to apply some defensive manoeuvres to avoid gaining back all your lost weight from one dinner out.
If you’re able to choose the venue where you’ll be eating, try to choose something healthy. For instance, if you just need to grab takeout for lunch, go somewhere healthy like Subway instead of McDonalds. Or if it’s just a casual lunch out with co-workers, try to go for healthier sushi rather than pizza.
If you’re having lunch or dinner out somewhere formal, try to avoid the main courses. This may seem like a bit of a joy-kill, but as far as possible try to order the appetizer and salads. If one of the main courses looks too tempting, ask if someone else would like to share it with you. Alternatively, you can order a main course and finish half, and take the rest home in a doggie bag.
Try to avoid eating desserts outside. Of course, there will be times when you’ll be celebrating something, and will want to indulge – occasional indulgences are fine, but make sure not to make it a regular habit.
- Negative people
As much as I wish the world were a nicer place the fact is that there are some people out there who would like you to not lose weight. Some of them will be quite conscious in their desire to see you fail, such as jealous co-workers or envious family members. However, some people may not even be aware of their sub-conscious desire to see you remain at the same weight. These might include people like your closest friends, who are habituated to being the thinner person in the relationship, or a close family member who doesn’t want you to go through emotional ups and downs as you try to lose weight.
These negative people may try to sabotage your attempts to lose weight through either their words or their actions. For instance, they may make snide remarks about your bringing lunch to work, or going to the gym. Alternatively, they may try to convince you to change your habits, so that you continue to have an unhealthy lifestyle.
It can be quite difficult to deal with these negative people. For some people, you can simply choose to ignore them, or keep them in the dark about your attempts to lose weight. If they mock your food or lifestyle changes, simply say that it’s “Doctor’s prescriptions!” However, if it’s someone close to you, you can explain that you’re really serious about losing weight, and it’s essential for you for health reasons.
Hopefully, you will be able to deal with any problems when they arise, and will ultimately be successful in losing weight and keeping it off!
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