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Kingman Weight Loss Tip: How to battle boredom

More time on the treadmill and less time watching TV is a good way to step up your weight-loss efforts. (Photo by Cobragym1, cc-by-sa-3.0, https://bit.ly/2ORdE98)

More time on the treadmill and less time watching TV is a good way to step up your weight-loss efforts. (Photo by Cobragym1, cc-by-sa-3.0, https://bit.ly/2ORdE98)

Do you believe that progress with your weight loss has slowed down? Do you feel bored with your weight-loss efforts?

Hi, this is Eunice from Diet Center.

Here are some things you can do to get yourself motivated again. Sometimes a little pressure can push you to try harder and make you passionate about reaching your goals.

Think about people who compete. Whether it’s sports, academics, contests or job-related competition, the pressure to win at something can bring out the best efforts in people.

When you know you have the chance of winning, wouldn’t you make a greater effort to focus on reaching your goal? Try putting the pressure on to achieving your weight-loss goals. You can focus on not slipping on weekends, or by exercising 10 minutes more a day.

Did you know that the average American spends more than 30 hours a week watching TV? This could be 30 hours of remaining sedentary that can be spent participating in physical activity.

Walking around the neighborhood, inside malls or on treadmills can help with weight-loss efforts. Take it a step further. You can burn more calories by walking on hills. Try to find a route where there are hills. Or, maybe you have a treadmill that inclines. It takes more energy to walk up and down hills than on flat terrain.

Research shows that weight gain is strongly associated with time spent watching television because of less physical activity and a higher intake of calories. Some speculate that a higher intake of red meats, processed meats, snacks and sweets, and a lower intake of fruits and vegetables, may be related to the commercials and food cues that appear on television.

This doesn’t mean you have to give up watching your favorite TV shows. Try to decrease the amount of time spent weekly watching television, and exercise more. You can work on being physically active during TV shows you don’t mind missing. You can stretch, do crunches, sit-ups or lift hand weights while watching some shows. You might find watching exercise videos once or twice a week fits into your lifestyle easily.

Thank you for reading Diet Center’s tip of the week. If you are already working on these areas and are struggling with weight loss call me today at 928-753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave. in Kingman.

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