Losing weight can be challenging, even if you have plenty of time on your hands. It gets even tougher if you’re juggling a career, a family and a number of other important commitments.
But it’s not mission impossible.
Chew on this: Taking the time to eat right and exercise can give you the energy boost you need to balance all of your commitments.
We find time for our favorite TV shows and for social media – so why not find time for a healthier lifestyle?
Don’t fall victim to the drive-thru mentality. Sure, many fast food restaurants now offer “healthier” menu selections. But before you attempt to lose weight at the drive-thru window, consider this: Such choices are limited and you may still find yourself tempted by the restaurant’s standard fattening fare.
How many times can you stare down a bacon cheeseburger – or smell those fries – without giving in to temptation?
There’s no “quick fix” when it comes to losing weight. But you simply can’t improve your health without finding the time and making the effort.
Ann Mary Kearney-Cooke Ph.D. is a psychologist who specializes in weight loss and control. She estimates you need about one hour a day to do the work necessary to successfully lose weight.
Here are 4 tips:
Eat out a lot? Spend one hour a week meal planning and one hour a week shopping for those meals. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also eat much healthier.
Got a lot of demands for your time? Start delegating tasks to others or simply be firm – and let friends and co-workers know you are no longer available to do certain things.
Draft a friend to help you brainstorm a way to rearrange your schedule. It’s often easier for others to see where we are wasting our time.
Do some serious scheduling. Set aside an hour each day and use it to perform the tasks you need to do to maintain your diet program. We’ve all got lower priority tasks that can be bumped or killed!
A bite of expert advice
Jillian Michaels, the super busy trainer who gained fame on the TV show The Biggest Loser, has advice for people like you – those people having trouble finding time for weight loss.
"My thing is 30-minute workouts... I try to create 30-minute workouts, whether it's Curves or my DVDs, where people can utilize the most cutting-edge, state-of-the-art fitness techniques so that 30 minutes matters," she said.
"If you need to, exercise from home to save the travel time. If not, find something like Curves or a 30-minute class. If you've got kids, ask an in-law, a grandparent, a sister, a brother to watch them once or twice a week. Trade off getting workouts in with a spouse. Set business meetings where you're playing tennis together or racket ball, or at the golf course or driving range.
"Instead of going to bars with your friends, go to the batting cages. My friends and I go bowling and it's not really a workout but it's 200 calories in 30 minutes, and that's a heck of a lot better than sitting and drinking beers. You can work activity into every aspect of your lifestyle if you try."
eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets.