You Want to Make Losing Weight a Source of Good Emotions Not Bad

Be Patient With Yourself In The Beginning

If you’re trying to lose weight for the first time, it’s important to be patient with yourself. 

You want to be patient with yourself because when you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey, you’re going to struggle and make a lot of beginner mistakes.  For example, when you start your weight loss journey, and you’re trying to diet for the first time, you are going to struggle with food cravings.

 A couple of days into your new diet you’re going to start missing all the foods you used to eat before you started your diet. Since you’re new to dieting and lack experience, you’ll probably have trouble dealing with these food cravings.

There will be some occasions where you’ll be able to resist giving into your cravings, and then there will be other occasions where you give in to your food cravings and cheat on your new diet. 

It’s very important that when you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey and you make mistakes, like giving in to your food cravings, that you are patient with yourself.  The problem is that many people aren’t.

Many people that are trying to lose weight for the first time are too critical of themselves early on, and they allow every little beginner mistake that they make upset and discourage them. 

 

It’s Okay To Make Mistakes

What these people don’t realize is that it’s quite normal to make mistakes when you’re trying to lose weight for the first time, and when they beat themselves up over every beginner mistake, they are increasing the likelihood that they will one day quit trying to achieve their weight loss goals.  

You see, weight loss is supposed to be an uplifting process that makes you feel good about yourself because you’re losing weight and improving yourself. 

When it’s a process that makes you feel good, you’ll be motivated to stick with it.  However, if you’re constantly tearing yourself down over every mistake you make, weight loss can become a process that makes you feel negative and frequently upset.

People don’t like to do things that make them upset, so when weight loss becomes a process that frequently makes you feel upset, you are very likely to quit. 

That is why you don’t want to beat yourself up over every mistake.  Thus, when you’re at the beginning of your weight loss journey it’s important that you be patient with yourself, and focus on what you do right and not what you do wrong.  For example, as previously mentioned, when you start your first diet you will probably struggle with food cravings and cheat on your new diet a lot. 

Instead of focusing on the days when you cheat on your new diet, learn focus on the days that you adhere to your new diet correctly.  Take the time to be proud of yourself, and pat yourself on the back on those occasions when you diet correctly.

When you focus on what you do right and not what you do wrong, you’re making your weight loss process a positive thing that makes you feel good.  Since losing weight is a process that makes you feel good, you will be motivated to continue to try to lose weight, and you will stick with your diet.

 

You Will Eventually Learn How To Overcome Beginner Mistakes

If you stick with dieting long enough, you will get to the point where you start to gain knowledge and experience.  Eventually, you should acquire enough knowledge to where you’re able to stop yourself from making many of your beginner mistakes.  For example, if you stick with dieting long enough, you will start to become knowledgeable of tasty foods that are healthy alternatives to the unhealthy foods you’ve been craving. 

As you start incorporating these healthy alternative foods into your diet, you will be able to resist cravings for unhealthy foods better and will make mistakes like cheating on your diet less.

The longer you stick with dieting, the more experienced you’ll become and the fewer mistakes you’ll make. As become more and more experienced and make fewer and fewer mistakes, you will start to gain confidence.

Once you reach the point where you are confident and feel like you know what you’re doing, there will be no stopping you. You should undoubtedly be able to achieve your weight loss goals. However, you won’t get to this point if allow beginner mistakes to overly upset you and cause you to quit early on.

 

How Mindset Affects Weight Loss

Mindset is one of the most unaddressed and unappreciated topics when it comes to weight loss.

When trying to lose weight the focus is usually exclusively on how to diet and how to exercise, but there is rarely ever a focus on developing the right mindset. 

This neglect of developing the right mindset when it comes to weight loss is quite unfortunate. 

You see, when you’re trying to lose weight, your mind can often be your own worst enemy, because when you’re on your weight loss journey, you’ll find yourself having thoughts that are counterproductive to you achieving your weight loss goals. 

These self-defeating thoughts can be doubts about being able to lose weight, feelings of not wanting working out, cravings for foods that go against your diet, and etc.

Counterproductive thoughts like these unchecked can lead to counterproductive actions.  For example, if you’re constantly experiencing counterproductive thoughts about foods you crave, you’re very likely to cheat on your diet and indulge in your food cravings. 

It’s important to understand that you will undoubtedly encounter counterproductive thoughts on your weight loss journey, so it is vital that you know how to deal with them.

 

How To Deal With Counterproductive Thoughts

To deal with counterproductive thoughts, you must first learn how to control your thoughts in general.  You see, most people have little to no control of their thoughts.  Which means they don’t have the ability to pick and choose what thoughts they think about and what thoughts they don’t.  If a thought pops into their head, the person is unable to stop themselves from thinking about it.

This lack of control of your thoughts can be detrimental when you’re trying to lose weight because as we have already discussed when trying to lose weight, you will encounter many counterproductive thoughts.

 

How Do We Gain More Control of Our Thoughts?

To gain more control of your thoughts you want to learn how to be more present.  If you learn how to become naturally more present, you will have a lot more control over your thoughts and will be able to cut off thoughts that are counterproductive to you achieving your weight loss goals.

To be present means that your attention is focused on one thing and it doesn’t waiver and that one thing that your attention is focused on is the present moment.

People who are naturally present are usually focused on the present moment.  Now if a thought pops into their head, they can choose to temporarily take their attention off the present moment and focus on the thought, but they’re making a choice to focus on that thought.  They have control over what thoughts they choose to give attention to and what thoughts they don’t.

If a beneficial thought, like a good idea or epiphany, pops into their brain, they can choose to give that thought a lot of attention.  If a negative thought pops into their brain, they can choose not to give that thought any attention and keep their attention focused on the current moment.  

When they don’t give the negative thought any attention, the negative thought goes away.  That is why people who are very present have such an advantage with weight loss.  You see, if they encounter a thought that is counterproductive to them achieving their weight loss goals, they can choose not to pay any attention to that thought and keep their attention focused on the present moment and the counterproductive thought goes away.

 

How To Train Your Mind To Be More Present

Now that you understand that having a more present state of mind can help with weight loss, it’s important that you know how to train yourself to be more present.

To train yourself to become more present you want always to try your best to be in the moment.  Whatever task you’re doing, give yourself to that task completely.  For example, when you’re at work, totally be at work completely.  Don’t allow your mind to drift and start thinking about things outside of work.  Just focus on the task at hand.

When you don’t allow yourself to think of anything except what you’re doing at that moment, you’re training your mind to be naturally more present.  As your mind becomes more and more present, your attention will become more and more naturally focused on the current moment.

It will be harder for thoughts to take your attention off the present moment unless you make a conscious choice to take your attention off the present moment so that you can give attention to that thought.

You will be able to decide what thoughts get your attention and what thoughts don’t.  When a thought that is counterproductive to you achieving weight loss pops into your head, you will be able to choose not to give that thought any attention and keep your focus on the present.  By not giving that counterproductive thought any attention the thought will go away and have little effect on you.

 

How To Treat Yourself When You Are On A Diet

Treat Yourself

 

Its okay to treat yourself in moderation.  All of us have guilty pleasure foods that we crave.  Many times when dieting we give up eating our guilty pleasure foods for the sake of our diet.  However, every once in a while it’s okay to treat yourself to your guilty pleasure foods in moderation.

 

You just want to make sure that when you’re treating yourself, you’re being responsible so that you’re not putting back on pounds that you have worked so hard to lose.  Here are a few tips to follow when treating yourself so that you’re offsetting your weight loss progress:

 

Tips For Treating Yourself

 

1. Eat Something Filling in Advance:

 

Don’t treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food on an empty stomach.  Eat something that is healthy and filling before you treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food.  If you treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food after you’ve already eaten something filling, you will eat less of that guilty pleasure food, because you’ve already eaten and have less of an appetite.  If you treat yourself to your guilty pleasure food on an empty stomach, you will eat more of that guilty pleasure food, because you have more of an appetite.

 

Minimizing how much of your guilty pleasure food you treat yourself to, will ensure that you don’t put back on pounds that you have worked so hard to lose through dieting.

 

2. Don’t Eat Excess Parts of Food

 

Many times when we treat ourselves to our guilty pleasure foods, we consume extra calories unnecessarily by eating the excess parts of the food that we don’t particularly like.  A perfect example of this is pizza.  Everybody loves pizza.  However, not everyone loves pizza crust, but we eat it anyway.  Do you know why we eat pizza crust?  We eat it simply because it’s there.  Stop doing this to yourself.  If you’re going to allow yourself to cheat on your diet and intake a few extra calories, let it be on foods that you enjoy not excess parts of the food that are simply there.

 

Often, when treating ourselves, we will consume extra calories unnecessarily, by ordering the meal when we all we want is the entree.  We may order the cheeseburger meal when all we really want is the cheeseburger.  However, since we ordered the cheeseburger meal, not only do we get the cheeseburger, we get fries and drink too.  The fries and drink are two items that we may not particularly want, and by consuming these two items, we intake a lot of extra calories.

 

3. The Earlier You Treat Yourself The Better

 

When you’re treating yourself to your guilty pleasure food, just keep in mind that the earlier in the day you treat yourself, the better.  You want to eat as far away from bedtime as possible, so you have all those waking hours to burn off those extra calories.

 

4. Don’t Have “Cheat Days”

 

As previously mentioned, if you’re on a diet it’s okay every once in a while to cheat on your diet and to treat yourself.  However, when you occasionally allow yourself to cheat on your diet let it be for just one meal and then hop right back on your diet.  Don’t do what many people do and have a “cheat day”.  A “cheat day:” is when you allow yourself to cheat on your diet for an entire day.  When you allow yourself to cheat on your diet for an entire day you’re likely to put back on pounds that you’ve worked so hard to lose.  Also, the more time you spend off your diet, the harder it is to get back on your diet.  If allow yourself to cheat on your diet for just one meal, it’s very easy to snap back to dieting again.  However, if you spend an entire day cheating on your diet and eating whatever you want, you may have a tough time getting back to your diet the next day.

 

How Sleep Helps With Weight Loss

How much sleep you get can play a huge part in your ability to lose weight.

There are so many reasons why if you’re trying to lose weight you should be getting plenty of rest.  Here are just a few reasons for getting plenty of sleep if you’re trying to lose weight.

Why Sleep Is Important For Weight Loss:

1. Easiest Way To Lose Weight

We often do the most demanding activities to lose weight.  We do strenuous workouts or go on really strict diets.  However, many us neglect to do the easiest thing a person can do to lose weight which is to get a full nights sleep.

Have you tried ever to lose weight by fasting or not eating for a couple of hours? 

It’s tough because your awake and your mind is conscious of things like hunger.  However, when you’re asleep your mind is not conscious of sensations like hunger, but your body is still functioning and burning calories, so when you’re sleeping you’re literally losing weight without even thinking about it.  That’s why sleeping is one of the easiest and effortless ways to lose weight.

Let’s say you only get five hours of sleep a day.  Imagine if you got the recommended eight hours.  That’s three more hours a day where you’re not eating, and your body is just burning calories.  Over time that three extra hours a day of burning fat can result in some serious weight loss. That’s why it’s important when trying to lose weight that you get the recommended eight hours of sleep.

 

2. Sleep Affects Your Ability To Exercise Consistently

If you are trying to get in shape and lose weight by exercising, it’s imperative that you’re getting plenty of sleep each night. 

Lack of sleep can really hinder your ability and motivation to exercise consistently.  You see, when you’re sleep deprived, you can fall asleep doing odd hours of the day to make up for the sleep you didn’t get the night before.

When you’re constantly falling asleep doing odd hours of the day, it will be impossible to maintain any sort of an exercise routine, because you can be falling asleep during the day at times when you should be exercising. 

Therefore, if you want to adhere to your exercise routine more consistently, you need to make sure you’re getting the recommended eight hours of sleep.

 

3. Sleep Affects Your Ability to Diet Correctly

Whatever food you eat that your body doesn’t use for energy, will be stored as fat. Which is why when you’re trying to diet and lose weight you want to eat a couple of hours before its time to go to sleep.

You don’t want to eat right before you go to sleep.  You see, when you’re sleeping your body doesn’t need a lot of energy because it’s not doing a whole lot of moving around. 

Therefore, any food that you eat right before you go to sleep will more than likely not be used for energy; instead, it will be stored as fat.  That’s why people who are sleep deprived tend to put on weight because they fall asleep at odd hours of the day, sometimes right after they’ve eaten a meal, and the food that they’ve just eaten becomes fat. 

Therefore, if you’re trying to lose weight through dieting, you want to make sure you get plenty of sleep at night.  Getting plenty of sleep at night will ensure you don’t fall asleep doing odd hours of the day possibly right after you’ve eaten a meal.

There are studies that show that lack of sleep can result in greater snacking (1).

 

How Do We Stop Ourselves From Cheating On Our Diets?

In this article, you’re going to learn tips on how to prevent yourself from cheating on your diet.  If you follow these tips, you’ll cheat on your diet less, and you’ll achieve your weight loss goals quicker.

 

Tips That Will Prevent You From Cheating On Your Diet:

 

1. Make Your Diet Less Strict

Many people that are new to dieting make the classic beginner mistake of going on a diet that is too strict.  Understand that if your diet is too strict and you’re never eating anything that you enjoy, you’ll likely develop cravings for foods that you used to eat before you started your diet that you did enjoy.

Often, these foods that you’ll develop cravings for will be unhealthy foods.  Therefore, if your on a very strict diet that you don’t like it’s really important that you start making some changes.  Start trying and experimenting with different foods. You want to find healthy foods that you actually enjoy eating.

Once you find a nice selection of foods that are healthy and enjoyable start incorporating these foods into your diet.  Incorporating healthy foods that you actually like into your diet will make your diet more enjoyable, and will prevent you from developing cravings for unhealthy foods.

It’s important to understand that the type of diet that you should be on should not be a strict diet that solely achieves the objective of weight loss.  Your diet should be a healthy and balanced diet that achieves the objective of weight loss while at the same time leaves you feeling content and satisfied.  When your diet is healthy and leaves you feeling satisfied, you’ll be able to maintain your diet long-term.

 

2. Create A Busier Schedule

When you’re trying to lose weight, you don’t want a schedule where you have a lot of free time, and you’re just sitting around idle and bored because when you’re bored, you will try to find ways to stimulate yourself.

Eating pleasurable foods is one of the easiest ways to stimulate yourself during times of boredom.  That’s why many people often cheat on their diet and eat pleasurable food when they’re bored. 

Now that you understand that boredom can cause you to cheat on your diet, it’s important that you find ways to prevent yourself from becoming bored.  To prevent yourself from getting bored you need to find ways to eliminate a lot of your free time where you’re sitting around not doing anything.

You need to create a schedule for yourself that that will keep you mentally stimulated and engaged.  To create this schedule that keeps you engaged, you need first to make a list of activities that you love to do.  Then start incorporating these activities into your daily schedule. 

Doing these activities throughout the day will keep from getting bored and cheating on your diet.

 

3. Avoid Negativity

Stop exposing yourself to things that put you in a bad mood, because when you’re in a bad mood, you will turn to pleasurable food to make yourself feel better.

 

5 Benefits Of Working Out In The Morning & Advice on How To Get Up and Work Out Consistently

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If you’re not exercising in the morning, it would be a great idea to start, because they’re many unique benefits to working out in the morning that many people aren’t aware of.  Here are just a few benefits of working in the morning.

Benefits of Exercising In The Morning:

 

1. More Convenient

It can be very inconvenient having your work out sessions in the evening.  We tend to be a lot busier in the evening time when we get out of work or get off from school. There are so many activities we could be doing.  That’s why working out in the evening time can feel like such a sacrifice because there are so many other activities that we could be doing at that time of day.  Working out in the morning will feel like less of a sacrifice because there aren’t a whole lot of other activities that we could be doing at that time of day, so we’re not missing out on anything by exercising in the morning.

 

2. Easier To Be Consistent

As we just mentioned exercising in the morning is more convenient for most because there is less that can get in the way, and because there are fewer things that come up in the morning than in the evening, so it is easier to be consistent.

 

3. Not Hanging Over Head All Day

A lot of people cause themselves a lot of unnecessary stress by having their work out sessions at the end of the day.  You see, when your work out session is at the end of the day, you spend that entire day stressing about how you have to workout when you get off work or get out of school.  When you exercise in the morning, you get exercising out the way early in the day, so you don’t spend the entire day stressing about it.

 

4. The Whether is Cooler in the Morning

The weather can be pretty hot and humid in the evening depending on where you live.  Exercising in hot weather can make for a very uncomfortable work out session.  If you like working out outdoors but hate working out in the evening because it’s too hot, try working out in the morning.  Temperatures are usually cooler in the morning because the sun is not all the way up.  Often, there will be a cool breeze going making the morning time the perfect time of day to work out.

 

5. Exercising Serves As A Great Morning Routine

For all the reasons mentioned above, exercise serves as the perfect morning routine because a morning routine is designed to get you physically and mentally for the day. As we have shown, exercise helps you do all those things.

Working out in the morning is a great way to get your blood flowing and to wake yourself up physically and mentally so that you’re prepared for the day, and when your day starts, you can hit the ground running.

Having a Happy Full Life Is The Key To Weight Loss Success

Don’t put off living the life you want till you lose weight.

 

When you’re on your weight loss journey, you want to make sure you maintain a well-rounded life full of activities that you enjoy.  Many people make the mistake of becoming so obsessed with weight loss that they stop living a well-rounded life.  They stop doing many of the activities that bring them joy and solely focus on losing weight.

 

They think that putting their life on hold and focusing all their energy and attention on weight loss will benefit them and will help them achieve their weight loss goals faster.  However, what these people are unaware of is that living this unbalanced lifestyle will only make it harder for them to lose weight.

 

Setbacks

 

It’s important to understand that you will inevitably encounter setbacks on your weight loss journey.  Examples of setbacks are occasions where you put on weight, occasions where you cheat on your diet, or occasions when you decide not to exercise even though you know you’re supposed to.  How you deal with these setbacks can ultimately determine how successful you’ll be at losing weight.

 

Ideally, when you encounter a setback, you want to learn from it and move on.  You don’t want to dwell on the setback.  Dwelling on the setback can lead to you becoming discouraged, and discouragement can lead to you giving up on trying to lose weight.  Therefore, it is vital that you don’t dwell on setbacks when you experience them.

 

Having A Well Rounded Life Helps You Deal With Setbacks:

 

People that have well-rounded lives that are constantly doing activities that they enjoy are so much more equipped to deal with setbacks and tend not to dwell on setbacks when they occur.  For example, when they are weighing themselves and see a number on their scale that is higher than what they expected, their not pleased with it of course.  However, it doesn’t ruin their day.  It doesn’t ruin their day because they are going to do other activities that day that will bring their spirits back up.  As a result, they will not dwell on the setback, and they will not become discouraged.

 

Not Having A Well Rounded Life Makes It Harder For You To Deal With Setbacks:

 

People that don’t have well-rounded lives that aren’t doing activities that they enjoy have a tougher time dealing with setbacks and do tend to dwell on setbacks when they occur.  For example, when they’re weighing themselves and see a number on their scale they don’t like, it can ruin their entire day.  The reason being is that they’re not going to do any enjoyable activities that are going to bring their spirits back up and take their mind off the setback.  Since they’re not going to do an enjoyable activity to take their mind off the setback, they will end up dwelling on the setback, and as previously mentioned, dwelling on a setback can lead someone to become discouraged, and discouragement can lead to them giving up on trying to lose weight. 

 

Therefore, these people who aren’t living well-rounded lives and who aren’t doing fun activities to take their mind off their setbacks, who are instead dwelling on their setbacks, are very likely to get discouraged and as a result, give up pursuing their weight loss goals.

 

Conclusion

 

Life should not be about pursuing your weight loss goals.  Pursuing your weight loss goals should be but a small part of your life.  You will have setbacks on your weight loss journey, especially in the beginning when you’re figuring things out.  When you experience these setbacks, you will start to get down on yourself.  You need to have a well-rounded life full of fun activities that will pick you back up during these times when you get down on yourself.  

 

Maintain Your Work Out Regime When Stressful Things Happen

Many people stop exercising during times when they are going through a problem.  They may experience trouble at work, a relationship problem, or some other negative event, and they just quit exercising.  They quit exercising because they find the problem that they’re dealing with too upsetting, and they don’t feel like doing burdensome activities like exercising.  However, what these people don’t realize is that exercising is one of the best activities that they can do when they’re going through a tough time.

 

In this article, you’re going to learn why it’s important to maintain your exercise regime when you’re going through hard times, and how maintaining your exercise regime will help you get through those hard times.

 

How Exercising Helps You Deal With Problems:

 

1. Takes Your Mind Off The Problem

 

The worst thing you can do when a problem occurs is dwell on it because dwelling on the problem will only make you more upset.  Instead of dwelling on the problem you, want to do a constructive activity that will take your mind off the problem.

 

Exercising is the perfect activity to do to take your mind off the negative situation.  Working out will keep you going so your not sitting around dwelling on the problem.

 

2. Relieves Stress

 

Another reason why exercising is the perfect activity to do when you encounter a problem is exercising is a great stress reliever. 

 

Exercising triggers the release of endorphins.  Endorphins improve your mood and calm you down when you’re stressed out.  That’s why you want to continue to exercise consistently when you’re going through a tough time, and you’re stressed out because exercising will make you feel less stressed. 

Once you’re in a calm state, you will be much more effective at resolving a problem, then when you were in your stressed and emotional state.

 

3. Exercising gives you a sense of improvement

 

When you’re exercising, you’re improving yourself; you’re becoming more fit and healthier, which is why it’s important to maintain your exercise regime when you’re going through hard times.  You see, when you’re going through hard times, you can sometimes feel like you’re in a rut.  Exercising is a great reminder that even though you might be having a problem or minor setback in one area of your life, you are improving in other areas of your life.

 

Conclusion

 

Day to day challenges are an unavoidable part of life, and they’re not going to stop happening when you start trying to lose weight.  You need to understand and anticipate that you will run into random life challenges when you’re on your weight loss journey.  These challenges could be issues at work, relationship problems, or random life events.  It’s important that you make a mental decision in advance that when these challenges do come up, you are going to stick to your exercise regime.  Sticking to your exercise regime during hard times will allow you to achieve weight loss and will help you get over the problem.

 

 

How To Make Exercising Fun: 25 Ways To Make Exercising Fun

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Exercising can be fun!  In this article, we will discuss ways to make exercising something that you can actually look forward to instead of dread.

 

Ways To Make Exercising Fun

1. Hold Off Listening To Music Until You Exercise

Listening to music while you exercise is a great way to make exercising fun.  Cut off listening to music throughout the week, and only allow yourself to listen to music when you’re exercising. 

You may find yourself looking forward to exercising because you finally get a chance to listen to music. 

If you love listening to audiobooks for entertainment purposes, you can use audiobooks as well.  

Pretty soon, instead of dreading your next workout session, you may find yourself a little excited about it because you want to find out how the audiobook ends.

 

2. Make A Reward Out Of It

Rewarding yourself after you exercise can be a great way to make exercising fun.  If you like to do online shopping, you can set aside 1, 5, or 10 dollars towards that item you always wanted to purchase every time you exercise.

This is just one example of the many ways you can choose to reward yourself.  Just make sure whichever way you chose to reward yourself makes sure it’s something you will appreciate.

The point is giving yourself some kind of a reward after you exercise is a great way to make exercise something that you can be excited about doing.

 

3. Make an Exercise Out of Things You Like To Do Naturally

Make an exercise out of things that you like to do naturally; for example, if you like going to the mall, make an exercise out of it.

The exercise can be walking several laps around the mall (make sure you don’t get sidetracked by the urge to shop).

When you make an exercise out of things that you like to do naturally, it feels less like exercise.

 

4. Find a Work Out Buddy

Exercising with a workout buddy can make the mood more fun and playful when you exercise.

A good relationship to have with a workout buddy is one where you can make working out a more fun and social occasion, but at the same time, you all stay focused on pushing each other and practicing good safety measures.

 

5. Playing Games With Your Kids

Playing games that require you to be active with your kids, such as basketball, tag, frisbee, and soccer, can be a lot of fun.  Plus, it can make for a good workout; because kids have so much energy, it can be a good workout just keeping up with them.  Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with your kid.

This is a great option for parents who say that they don’t have time to exercise because it allows you to workout while spending time with your children.

 

6. Make Exercise Fun Through Dance

Dance is such a fun way to exercise and lose weight.  The reason why dance is such a fun way of exercising is that you can lose yourself in the music and forget you’re working out. 

Try to cut off listening to music throughout the week and only allow yourself to listen to it when you dance.  That will make your dance experience more enjoyable. 

You will find yourself looking forward to working out because you finally get to listen to music and dance.

When learning how to exercise through dance, it would be a good idea to purchase a highly recommended dance workout DVD. 

The dance work out DVD will show you how to dance properly and what dance moves are most effective in burning calories. 

By watching the DVD, you’ll learn how to dance in a way that is effective for creating weight loss.

 

7. Join A Recreation League

Great sports to get involved in are that will make you break a sweat are a basketball league, tennis league, flag football league. You may be surprised what you have right in your local town. It’s a lot of fun plus you can make new friends that have similar interests. Now some people when they get off work they like to relax, watch, TV and kickback, and you may say that joining a sports league is cutting into my tv time, but you may find it more enjoyable and fulfilling.  Now if you like to relax and watch tv you may say that joing a sports league is to time consuming and will cut into more tv time, but you may find doing and activity like this is even more fun, engaging, and fufilling then watching 

 

8. Play Sports That’ve You Have Always Been Interested In

Boxing, kickboxing, You may say to yourself that this cutting into my tv time, but joining activities you love can be even more fun plus, it been beneficial, and you’re going to get a lot more for your time.

 

Why Do We Cheat On Our Diets?

If you cheat on your diet a lot, it’s important to understand why you cheat on your diet so that you can correct the problem.

You may be under the assumption that everytime you cheat on your diet and eat something you’re not supposed to, you’re doing it merely because you’re hungry.  However, this assumption is not correct.  A lot of times when you cheat on your diet, it has nothing to do with hunger.

 

 

Negative Emotions and Diet

Often, when you cheat on your diet it’s because a situation occurred that triggered a negative emotion, and you’re eating pleasurable food to make yourself feel better.  Maybe something stressful happened hours earlier at work that you were still stressed out about, and you turned to your favorite food for a pick me up.  Maybe you got into an argument that you were still upset about, and you turned to food to make yourself feel better.  Maybe you were bored, and you turned to food to occupy your mind and get rid of the feeling of boredom.

From now on whenever you cheat on your diet stop telling yourself you did it merely because you were hungry.  Try to see if there is an emotional reason that caused you to cheat on your diet.  Ask yourself if were upset about something when you cheated your diet.

If you find you were upset about something, ask yourself what were you upset about.  You may find that you were upset about something that happened at work; maybe you had a meeting with your boss earlier that day that really stressed you out.  Now you’ve learned that when you have problems at work, you tend to get stressed out, and you turn to pleasurable food to make yourself feel better and to escape the feeling of stress.

 

Find Constructive Ways to Deal with Negative Emotions

Since you understand now that often when you cheat on your diet, you’re responding to a negative emotion, you need to find constructive ways to deal with these negative emotions.  When you know how to deal with negative emotions constructively, you won’t have to resort to eating pleasurable food to make yourself feel better.

If you find that work stress causes you to cheat on your diet, try to find constructive ways to deal with work stress.  A constructive way to deal with work stress is to talk about problems at work with a friend.  The next time you find yourself stressing about work, instead of going home and making yourself feel better by eating something pleasurable, try to improve your mood by going to a friends house and talking it over with them.

Hanging out with our friends is a great stress reliever.  They’re usually able to cheer us up at times when we are stressed out. 

Dealing with stress by talking your problems over with a friend will improve your mood, and will ensure you don’t turn to pleasurable foods to make yourself feel better.

Talking your problems over with a friend is just one constructive way to deal with negative emotions.  There are many other constructive ways to deal with negative emotions.  You want to find constructive ways to deal with negative emotions that work for you.   Finding constructive ways to deal with your negative emotions will ensure you don’t cheat on your diet every-time you’re upset.