Weight Loss: Overcoming Personal Roadblocks

Losing weight isn’t the only thing that can be difficult. Keeping it off can be an equal challenge for many. Recognizing your personal road blocks, is a key factor on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association has provided a great list of common roadblocks and solutions so you can keep up your new habits and fight the many temptations that life brings!
Roadblock Solution
I get hungry between meals and end up buying snacks out of the machine at work or the convenience store. Always keep low-calorie heart-healthy foods around. Use a shopping list, and don’t shop when you’re hungry..
If I go to a buffet, I just can’t control how much I eat. Take one minute at a time while you are in front of the buffet table and remind yourself how hard you are working to lose weight. Put a small portion on your plate and don’t go back for seconds. Believe that you can do it and you will!
I usually grab something on the way home from work because I am so tired, I don’t feel like cooking. Plan your meals a week at a time over the weekends and cook partial meals then so that you have most of your meal prepared and only need to heat it up and add finishing touches.
I can’t seem to resist my cravings for sweets and salty foods. When you start having a craving, drink a tall glass of water. Fooling your stomach into thinking it’s full can guide you past the craving.
I love dessert. I can’t give it up! When you crave a high-calorie food, eat a small amount and forget about it, instead of resisting until you give in and gorge on it. If you don’t trust yourself with just a little, don’t eat any at all.
I don’t like working out. It’s boring. Stay active! Don’t give up on your physical activity plan. Find an exercise partner or exercise class to help you stay interested.

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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