Even the best of intentions can go awry where losing weight is concerned. So be careful not to fall into a number of traps that may thwart your efforts to feel better via a healthy new regime of balanced diet and more exercise.
Here are some PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) pitfalls which lie in wait … and ways to avoid them:
Missing out on breakfast. Skipping this important meal can wreck rather than enhance your PCOS diet. Running late and rushing off to work after just a cup of coffee is bad news for weight loss. You’ll soon be hungry once you arrive in the office, where you have less access to healthy food. The end result could be a quick fix with a doughnut. If you don’t have time for breakfast one morning, grab something for later, like a hard boiled egg, a yogurt or a handful of nuts.
Yielding to temptation at restaurants. The prospect of so many delicious dishes can be diverting, to say the least, and it’s easy to eat more of them than you should. But don’t forget that you’re a valued customer. So ask the waiter about selections that have been cooked using lower-fat methods like stir-frying or grilling. Request sauces and dressings on the side, so you can control how much you have, and ask the waiter to hold the potatoes and substitute with a green salad.
Snacking without thinking. It’s tempting to regard the occasional nibble around the house as “carbs and calories that don’t count.” You know what we mean – the odd potato chip or sliver of cake as you watch TV, for example. But they soon mount up. So try disciplining yourself by writing down everything you eat each day and it will bring any bad habits into focus.
Joining in with family favorites. Chances are, your kids and your spouse sometimes like fattening dishes such as lasagna and you enjoy being sociable by eating the same meal with them. Just ensure you have a smaller portion, with a larger serving of vegetables or salad. Why not encourage them to do the same? And seek out lower-carb versions of the meals they love.
Expecting too much, too soon. Becoming disappointed by how slowly you’re losing weight is probably the biggest trap of all. Many people set unrealistic goals and lose interest when they fail to achieve them. Whereas the most effective and healthiest way to lose weight is slowly with 1/2 lb a week being a good target. If that doesn’t seem like much, lift two pounds of butter the next time you’re at a supermarket and think that an equivalent weight is about to come off your body in just a short while. You’ll soon see and feel the beneficial effects. What’s more, your body will have had time to adapt, making it far more likely that the lost weight will stay off.
If you see the warning signs early enough, it’s much easier to avoid the hazards that can disrupt your route to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) weight loss and a greater sense of well being.