Do you feel like you’re too busy to lose weight?
Most of the clients I see at my clinic are balancing work, family and busy social calendars.
They have previously found that being busy interferes with losing weight because:
1. Dieting is time-intensive
It takes time to find all the ingredients. It takes time to learn new recipes. It takes time to plan out meals.
2. Social engagements are disruptive
If you have several social occasions in a week, or a vacation, it becomes very hard to stick to a diet.
A busy social week can sink a diet.
This is all fine and well, but remember one small detail…
THIS ISN’T A DIET!
If you don’t have time to diet that’s fine, but with a behavioural approach to weight loss, this is MUCH less of a worry.
Here’s 5 things you need to do:
1. Don’t overhaul your eating.
Some clients are taken aback when I ask them to keep eating normally.
They assume that losing weight requires a completely new menu with all sorts of different ingredients.
But this is time consuming and likely to be difficult to stick to.
Instead, keep eating what you normally eat, and make small changes.
2. Keep your food diary on your phone.
I tell clients to write their food diary down during the day. Take a couple of seconds to enter it on the notepad app on your phone.
If it’s on your phone you can copy and paste it onto the food diary at the end of the day. This should only take a few seconds.
3. Think about the day ahead
The biggest problem when you get busy is that you end up getting into situations where you’re caught hungry and then have to eat whatever is available.
Take a few seconds at the beginning of the day to think about “where am I going to eat today?”
When you think ahead, you prevent being caught unawares.
4. Buy something on the way in to work
If you think there’s a chance that you might be working late and get too hungry, then buy something on the way in to work (or at lunchtime). Something like a salad will keep you going and prevent your appetite getting out of control.
5. Don’t dread social occasions.
A client of mine went out for dinner every night last week (including a few days in Paris) and didn’t gain any weight. This is what you need to aim for.
It’s just a matter of learning how to handle these sorts of social situations.
So rather than fearing and avoiding social occasions, you want to experience more of them, to practice how to handle them better.
When you think about it, if you want to be slim and healthy for life, then you have to be able to go out socially and manage your weight.
Less time spent worrying
One of my clients the other day said that for the first time, she was no longer wasting time each day worrying about her weight.
This is part of the freedom of learning how to naturally manage your weight.
Think of what you can do with all that spare mental focus.
Don’t let a busy life stand in the way of your weight loss goals. If you play your cards right, losing weight shouldn’t interfere with your schedule, and your schedule shouldn’t interfere with your weight loss either.
How do you manage your weight with a busy schedule? I’d love to hear your experiences.