Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s Nutrition Director Samantha Cassetty and Michelle Blakely, president of Chicago-based personal training company Blakely FIT, adress some common excuses related to weight loss, and offer tips on how to overcome them.

1. “I don’t have time to cook nutritious meals or exercise.” Solution: Save time without compromising nutrition by purchasing items such as rotisserie chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables, and instant brown rice. And to avoid any scheduling conflicts that may arise later in the day, try kicking off your morning with a 30 minute workout.

2. “I don’t have access to a gym.” Solution: Explore options such as public parks, inexpensive community centers like the YMCA, or working up a sweat at home.

3. “Diets leave me feeling unsatisfied.” Solution: Consider the quality rather than the quantity of calories you consume. Fight hunger by eating more balanced meals, pair produce with sources of lean protein (greek yogurt, tuna, chicken, eggs, or beans). And stay hydrated, as people often mistake thirst for hunger and consume empty calories.

4. “I’m too tired to exercise.” Solution: Exercise actually boosts energy levels and will help you sleep better. Start small and find ways to incorporate activity in your day. Park in the back of the lot, or get off the train one stop earlier.

5. “Exercising isn’t fun.” Solution: Evaluate your priorities because you may decide that the health benefits of exercise far outweigh the boredom. Consider the unconventional forms of exercise, such as belly dancing or yoga.

For more information on fun and easy ways to be healthy, talk to our doctors at your next chiropractic appointment!