Blind spots and your weight loss plan

How do you recognize blind spots in your weight loss plan? Before we dive into this, what exactly do we mean with blind spots? Maybe you have experienced this yourself: You are standing in line to order at your favorite fast food restaurant. Then the guy in front of you orders a double sized cheeseburger with large fries and – a diet coke because he is on a diet? Although this is an extreme example, you may come across this every now and then. And this is a wonderful example for what we mean with blind spot in the context of a weight loss plan. It is something sabotaging your weight loss plan that everyone can see but you.

There are many possibilities for a blind spot concerning your weight loss plan. Here are some commonly seen:

  • You eat huge amounts of nutrient-poor food just because they are labeled as “low fat” or “light” or “calorie reduced”…
  • You know you have to drink a lot. It is healthy. And you drink lots of so called diet drinks…
  • Your work out routine is not very effective…
  • You think, just because you rarely eat out – lets say just on weekends – you think you can eat whatever you want…
  • One healthy snack now and then is all right, but if you don’t notice that you are snacking all day long…
  • You worked hard all day long. You think you deserve a beer and some chips in the evening when watching TV. You do, but…

The list above shows just a few things that may sabotage your weight loss plan. Maybe you now start thinking about it, but in some cases you can’t identify your blind spots even if you read about it. If we are not able to detect these blind spots, how can we find out about it? Here is a list of measures you can take:

  • Keep a diary or some kind of journal and take a note about everything you eat each day. Don’t cheat, take notes and evaluate each month.
  • Other people generally know about your blind spot. Ask someone trustworthy for his or her opinion and value it, no matter what.
  • If you have a workout routine – and you should – hire a personal trainer to evaluate it. The trainer could also recommend other more effective exercises.
  • Your eating habits are most likely the number one reason for the need for a weight loss plan. So your eating habits should be in your focus of interest. Hire a registered nutritionist or dietician to evaluate your eating habits. They will also work with you to create a diet, that suits your personal needs.
  • Nowadays there is a plethora of tracking software for both ordinary computers, tablets or smart phones. Choose a good one for the device of your choice and use it to track your diet and workout routine.

The tips in the list above will help you with identifying your blind spots with regard to your exercise routine and your nutrition. So you are able to achieve your goals with your weight loss plan, live a healthy lifestyle and get the wonderful body you deserve.

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