How not to let your perfectionism get in the way of your weight loss efforts.
Are you never pleased with what you see in the mirror? Photo: 123rf.com / Angela Waye
While a perfectionist streak makes you goal-oriented and competitive, you end up with little downtime for yourself, says Andrea Furst, principal psychologist at Mental Notes Consulting. This can lead to injuries and exhaustion, the reasons why you tend to crash and burn whenever you attempt a new fitness routine or diet. The desire for fast, drastic results could also cause you to go on unhealthy crash diets, says Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. Constantly stressing yourself out with unrealistic goals also raises levels of the hormone, cortisol, which can trigger carbohydrate cravings.
Change your fitness plan
It’s great that you’ve got a workout routine going, but make sure you set aside time for passive activities that help you recover both mentally and physically, says Andrea. Keep a training log to identify your workload, injuries and level of motivation. This enable you to identify which patterns work and which don’t.
Change your diet plan
Focus on having a healthy diet. This means a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, fibre and even fat. If your goal is to lose weight, do it gradually and safely. “A realistic amount is to lose two to four kilos a month, if your BMI is between 23 and 32.9. (Calculate your BMI here.) Any more and you’re running the risk of developing nutrient deficiencies,” adds Jaclyn. Also, don’t avoid carbs completely, as you still need them for brain function and to help you feel full.
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