Overcoming obsessive weight and food focus
It’s something that can happen to anybody. You need to lose a few kilo’s and you start small. But the endorphins and encouragement you get from the numbers dropping off the scale turn from a habit to an obsession.
If you are going to be addicted to anything, surely being addicted to exercise is a good thing?
Quite simply the answer is no. If you are neglecting your family and friends and those around you that know you TRULY want to achieve your goals, are telling you to calm down. Listen to them and follow these simple steps.
Plan and prioritise
Overdoing exercise and focusing too much on weight loss can often mean we don’t get the time to do other things that are important to us.
Robin Sharma, writes in his book “The Greatness Guide” that the easiest way to ensure you are getting enough time for everything is to think about your life as a pie. Consider the important categories – family, friends, work, health. Now attribute a percentage to each category and then plan your month in advance to make sure you are making time for the things that are important to you. It sounds like a lot of hassle, but most of us keep a diary nowadays anyway. Does your diary reflect what’s important to you?
Body image obsession
Of course vanity is never something we aspire too, but the issues around focusing on your body are more around your mindset. Focusing on your body means you are focused on YOU, and often people forget to look around at the things that are important like family and friends.
Food is simply food
It’s often easy to categorise foods into “bad” for you or “good” for you. The reality is that food is fuel. Don’t be afraid to eat any food as long as its in moderation. Sometimes denying yourself something can make you obsess about it and eat everything else only to finally give in. Now you have eaten the “bad” food plus several other “good” foods too. Essentially you have now overeaten.
Develop a healthier relationship with food and vary your diet as much as possible to get a broad selection of vitamins and minerals into your body.
If you still feel tired the day after exercise or you have to regularly lower intensity to finish a workout you may be overdoing it. Overdoing exercise in the initial stages of weight loss or getting fit is par for the course, but ongoing fatigue is not healthy for your life. Ensure that you change your exercise routine using different muscle groups and forms of exercise to ensure you keep your body guessing.
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