REAL TALK: LET’S TALK ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS FOR A MOMENT.
Losing weight is hard. And on some level I get it, I mean…
It would have been easy for me to grab one of the thirteen or so donuts sitting on the kitchen counter and call it ‘breakfast’ before heading into work this morning.
It would have been easy to swap my normal (and somewhat boring) order of black coffee for something a bit sweeter and a tad more exotic- a hot caramel latte macchiato with two pumps vanilla, extra whipped cream, and cinnamon dolce topping, for example 😉
It would have been easy to chip in $5 at the office and enjoy my favorite pizza delivery with my co-workers.
And it most certainly would have been easy tonight, to skip my nightly-workout and enjoy a Netflix marathon, curled up on the couch instead.
Heck, when you put it that way, gaining weight seems a hell of a lot easier. But you know what??
It is truly just as easy to pop my multivitamin and head out the door each morning with my favorite mint chocolate chip protein shake.
It is just as easy to sip water all day from my favorite water bottle.
It’s not all that hard to prepare a healthy dinner complete with some source of protein and a few veggies.
Related: The Complete Guide to Protein for Women
And when push comes to shove, it’s really pretty simple to move just twenty extra minutes a day (even if that means breaking up those twenty minutes into two, ten-minute segments).
So then why do so many people struggle with living a fit and healthy lifestyle?
THE TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS: WHY SO MANY OF US STRUGGLE WITH LIVING HEALTHY
We imagine weight loss to be difficult- like we’re conquering a mountain. And we expect there to be some ‘secret solution’ that unlocks all our problems, that magically helps us to shed that unwanted fat. But the truth of the matter is that losing weight is not hard. In fact, living healthy is easy. It’s just so easy that most of us choose not to do it.
When you really think about it, it’s not all that complicated to pop a multivitamin, stay hydrated, consume nutritious foods, and get a short twenty minutes of movement in each day.
How long does it take to swallow a vitamin?
30 seconds, at most…
Does it cost more to sip water all day long?
Nope, it actually costs less than diet soda…
And what about that healthy dinner?
Well even if you’re not a connoisseur in the kitchen, there’s a million and one (free) recipes available all over the Internet…
So making time to stay active most be really difficult then?
Again, no. Twenty minutes constitutes less than two percent of our total day. (Heck, most people could run at least one, if not two miles in that amount of time!).