Are You Really Too Busy to Lose Weight?
One of the most common reasons people give for putting off dieting and exercise is lack of time. STOP FOOLING YOURSELF!
There are easy ways to integrate a healthy weight-loss routine into even the busiest of schedules—some of which are completely automatic and 100% effortless!
Before we get to those easy methods, let’s explore the reasons why we think we are too busy to lose weight.
You use the excuse of being “too busy” as a justification for your own procrastination. You tell others (and yourself) that you simply don’t have enough time to pay attention to diets because it takes the pressure off—it allows you to postpone making those seemingly difficult choices and changes.
Procrastination is a psychological tool we use to reduce or avoid emotional or mental stress. However, research has repeatedly shown that people who procrastinate end up feeling worse about not doing whatever it is they’ve put off.
Maybe you do really have too many things on your plate. When the calendar fills up, the last thing you want to think about in your limited free time is diet and exercise. Putting everyone else’s needs first is selfless, but not taking care of yourself will catch up to you.
Your health, your well being, and your dietary needs should be higher up your priority ladder.
Time Management is a Must
You may have the best of intentions when it comes to planning your day, but if you never seem to get around to the things you want (or need) to do you could be suffering from the effects of poor time management.
Instead of just “going with the flow” from breakfast to bedtime, plot your day ahead and allow specific amounts of time for each task. Prioritize so more important tasks are accomplished first. Be strict with yourself when it comes to meeting deadlines. This should help you free up time for exercise and dietary experimentation.
How to Make Losing Weight a Part of Your Busy Day Automatically
Now that you have a better understanding of why it seems you never have the time to even start your weight loss journey, let’s look at one easy way to integrate a weight loss routine with your existing schedule.
Substitute Regular Meals with Lower-Calorie Options
It’s not a good idea to skip meals altogether unless you’re engaging in a regulated fasting regimen. However, if you can regularly substitute lower-calorie meals you can automatically (and nearly effortlessly) reduce the amount of calories you eat by 1500 per day or more!
The Hollywood Diet Meal Plan
Hollywood Cookie Diet® meal replacement cookies and wafers make an excellent substitution for high-calorie breakfasts on the go. The typical breakfast in America runs around 500 calories or more. You can cut that almost in half by subbing out one of these great-tasting meal replacement options for the fast food you grab on the way to work or the frozen “meals” you microwave at home.
The average lunch in America contains at least 1600 calories (often up to 2000 calories or more). Instead, opt for one Hollywood Cookie Diet® meal replacement cookie or wafer. If that is not enough, add a low-calorie tasty treat such as fresh fruit or a handful of high-protein nuts for a kicker. You can even throw in some cottage cheese, boiled eggs, or a salad (with low-calorie dressing) and still be hundreds of calories below that national average.
If you find yourself snacking more than you should between meals, keep some Hollywood Cookie Diet® meal replacement cookies in your desk or locker at work so you always have a lower-calorie option available to you at a moment’s notice. Dramatically cut calories by swapping out your diet-busting snacks throughout the day.
Dinner is your time to “splurge” a bit. Continue to cut your total daily calories by opting for healthier substitutions like fresh fish, lean meats, or vegetable-based meat alternatives. Or allow yourself to “cheat” a little by eating what you want but cutting down the portion size.
Studies have shown that the optimal time to eat dinner is at least three hours before going to bed. This allows your body to properly metabolize the food you’ve consumed before you hit the hay.
Time (and Calories) Saved
The best thing about this meal plan is that it takes absolutely no time. In fact, by having Hollywood Cookie Diet® meal replacements handy, you may actually save time at the drive though or in the kitchen.
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