The new year indicates a clean slate; a start date to break old, bad habits and create new, healthier habits. With a plan and determination, you can make it happen. The first step: Trash the following common thoughts that can keep you from your weight loss goals.
It’s in my genes.
Yes, genes do have some say in your weight. Some people are genetically predisposed to be thinner or heavier than others. But research published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests genes only account for 50 to 70 percent of your weight. The other 30 to 50 percent is determined by your actions. You may have to work harder to maintain a healthy weight if you’re genetically predisposed to be heavier, but it’s worth it. Your genes don’t define you. You have the choice to live a healthy lifestyle.
I don’t have time.
Make the time. Make your health a priority. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to prepare healthy meals, and you don’t have to exercise like an Olympic athlete to get in shape. Small changes add up. Add some exercise to your daily routine by taking a 20-minute walk, and give your meals a healthy makeover with some of our quick-and-easy recipes.
I’m afraid to fail.
Losing weight requires making a change and getting out of your comfort zone. Change can be scary, but it’s also a good thing. If you failed at losing weight in the past, analyze your previous plan to determine where you struggled. Was your plan specific? How often did you weigh yourself? Did you keep a food diary? Answering these questions can help you create a plan and make positive changes that will set you up for success.
I don’t want to give up my favorite foods.
This is a myth. You can enjoy your favorite foods and stick to a weight loss plan. Weight loss is about moderation. If you deprive yourself of your favorite foods you are more likely to binge when you give into your cravings. Instead of vowing to never eat French fries again, reduce your portions or how often you indulge.