The year 2023 is fast-approaching, and with it, the day we’ll all look back on as the year when everything changed. The year that made us realize that our bodies are not perfect, and there’s always room for improvement. The year that made us understand the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise. The year that made us resign from being a person who can eat anything without consequences and become a responsible adult who knows how to take care of their body. When you think about it, there are probably many reasons why you gained weight in 2022. Maybe you stopped exercising as much or started eating too much junk food or just had an unfortunate genetic mutation that prevented you from losing weight afterward. Whatever the case may be, if you want to get rid of the extra kilos you acquired in this timeframe, then read on because we have some helpful advice for you here!
You’re stressed out all the time
No matter how much you care about your fitness goals, if you’re constantly stressed out, you’re not going to have time for anything else. And let’s be honest, even if you do have time for fitness, your priorities will not be in order. Stress is like a parasite that can easily infect your life and cause it to spiral out of control. If you’re constantly stressed because of work or school, you’re going to feel tired and have no energy for anything else. You won’t have time for a healthy diet or enough energy to work out regularly. If you’re under a lot of emotional pressure, you need to acknowledge that and seek help. If you’re stressed out because of other people, you need to recognize that and distance yourself from the situation. No matter how hard it is, you need to keep your emotions in check, otherwise they will steal all your strength. Solution: Identify an outlet that will help you relieve your stress. Some people do yoga, seek professional help, practice mindfulness and/or finding something that makes you happy. Whatever that may be, pursue it fast. Stress is a downer.
You are eating unhealthy foods
The first thing you should do if you want to lose weight in 2023 is to identify the unhealthy foods you’re consuming on a regular basis. There are a lot of people who don’t know how damaging sugar and processed foods are for your body. As we said before, it’s important to have a balanced diet with protein, vegetables, and healthy fats to feel satisfied and not binge on unhealthy foods all the time. There are certain healthy foods that you can eat in unlimited amounts. For example, you can eat as many vegetables as you want because they are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. On the other hand, you can’t have as much as we love fruits, some can be high in sugar and will counteract your goal in eating more healthy. Solution: Do some research on how to establish a balanced diet that included foods that you enjoy, as well as healthy foods that you should be eating more regularly. Remember everything in moderation.
You are eating late at night
Eating late at night is a habit that will most certainly disrupt your weight loss goals. When you’re really busy or stressed, you will tend to eat or drink things that you normally would not eat if you had a little bit of time to relax. When you eat something late at night, you’re not only eating unhealthy foods that are full of sugar and unhealthy fats, but you’re also depriving body the opportunity to burn calories while you are sleep. If you’re hungry in the middle of the night, try drinking herbal teas or eating small portions of fruits. Solution: Establish a eating schedule that outlines your meals, healthy snacks and water intake. Often times when we think we are hungry, your body is actually in need of some fluid which will help you feel full when you needed.
You are snacking too much
Snacking is almost inevitable in a busy lifestyle. Sometimes, when you’re really busy or you feel stress, you will eat too many snacks. This is not a good idea. If you do, you’re not only eating unhealthy foods, but you’re also missing out on the calories you need for a healthy and active lifestyle. When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to have meals every 3-4 hours instead of snacking all day long. If you feel like snacking throughout the day, try having small portions of healthy foods instead. Solution: If you feel the urge to snack on something, do your body a favor and just eat a small, but healthy meal. A piece of baked chicken and a side of vegetable is more healthier and fulfilling that a bag of chips or some cookies.
You are not sleeping enough
When you’re trying to lose weight, you should remember that you need to sleep. If you don’t, your body will go into fight-or-flight mode and try to protect you from the threats you’ve encountered throughout the day. This will make you feel tired and exhausted, and you won’t have the energy to take care of yourself properly. Solution: Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
You lack an active lifestyle
When you’re trying to lose weight, you should remember that you need to get more active. When you lack an active lifestyle you’re increasing your chances of developing chronic health conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. When you’re trying to lose weight, you should try to incorporate more forms of exercise into your life. You can do this by taking a walk around the neighborhood or going for a bike ride with your friends. If you don’t have anybody to go with, you can go on the treadmill at the gym and watch some videos while you exercise. Solution: Set a goal to get active with some kind of activity for at least one hour per day.
When you’re trying to lose weight, you must remember not to forget that you have to prioritize your health with small, but important habits.