11 Solutions for Common Weight Loss Challenges

4. I have an injury that prevents me from doing certain kinds of exercise.

Lots of people have knee problems and back problems and other issues that can prevent them from doing certain exercises, like the jumping found with plyometric exercises or the pounding from running. But there are so many ways to still get movement into your day.
SOLUTION:  First, check with your doctor for approved exercises. Your injury type will determine what you can or can’t do, but walking is often an exercise that most people can still do. Many people with knee problems can benefit from a stationary bike and I love doing yoga and plank exercises to help with my back issues. Just remember there’s always a workaround so don’t give up on exercise because you have an injury.

5. I can’t afford a gym membership right now.

Not all gyms are inexpensive and I totally get that, but this is the age of all things digital and workouts are free at your fingertips. You just have to know where to look.
SOLUTION: If the gym near you seems like the cost of a country club membership, remember that you can get workouts for free from me! Yep, check out my Exercise Library here. Lots of moves you can do without even leaving the house. Plus, I create mini workouts too that I share weekly. You can access those workouts here. If you’d like longer workouts without the monthly membership dues, check out my DVDs.  Also – be aware of fitness chains like Snap Fitness and Planet Fitness that offer bare bones pricing.

6. I overeat at parties.

When people tell me they overeat at parties because of the tempting parade of food before their very eyes, I ask them what they ate before the party. Most often, people go on a mini starvation diet prior leading up to the party thinking they are saving calories for later. That’s probably the worst thing you can do because you are going to a party with a ravenous stomach. Do this instead …
SOLUTION: Eat a protein snack before the party. Going to a party hungry scrambles your good judgment. If you have a handful of nuts before a party, your appetite will be satiated to the point where you can make smart choices about sampling your favorites and not devouring two platefuls of party foods.

7. I feel pressured to eat from my family.

Whether it’s your mom, your grandmother or the favorite baker in your family, there’s always someone who is trying to show their love by feeding you. It’s sweet, but it can be difficult to navigate politely if you are trying to control how much you eat.
SOLUTION: If you are gifted with sweet treats, share the love with other family members and friends. If you are at a dinner party and you don’t want seconds, just be kind and direct. Try a “Oh, it was so good and I’m so full, I just couldn’t have another bite.” Try and remember most people have good intentions and are only trying to make you happy with food. They aren’t trying to sabotage your weight. If you do think someone is trying to interfere with all of your hard work, read my article about food pushers.

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