If you’re an adult who suffer from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, then losing weight may seem like a very difficult task. Many adults who suffer from ADHD fail to lose weight because they often lose interest in the workout program or the diet that they started following. Many also fail to have enough motivation to stick to their weight loss plan. Another reason why you may fail to lose weight effectively is your difficulty in interpreting and understanding your body’s messages to you. For instance, you may perceive feelings of stress and frustration with a need to eat. If you wish to lose weight despite your condition, here are some tips that you can follow for a successful weight loss.
Set Realistic Goals
One of the reasons why many people (with ADHD or not) fail to lose weight is because they unwittingly set goals that are very unrealistic. The more unrealistic your goals are, the more likely you will fail to meet them. And when you fail to meet your set goals, you feel so discouraged that you lose your motivation for the weight loss plan in general. If you’ve lived a sedentary lifestyle for most of your life, don’t expect that you will be able to hit the gym for an hour five times a week. Instead, start small by beginning with an easier exercise routine. For instance, set your goal to walk for at least 20 minutes three times a week. Invite a friend to be your exercise buddy to help you increase your focus.
Vary Your Exercise Routine
Doing the same old exercise routine can get boring after some time, so the best way to go would be to switch up your routines from time to time. Ask your doctor about the types of exercise that you can do, especially if you are planning to try more intense workouts. Exercise is not only a great way for you to lose weight but it can even help with ADHD symptoms. When you work out, your body releases norepinephrine and dopamine – two neurotransmitters that help regulate attention by stimulating the growth of more receptors in your brain.
Make the Exercise Schedule Flexible
If you are afflicted with ADHD, then chances are you hate overly structured schedules. When your activities tend to be too well-planned, you probably get tempted to abandon them. To make sure that you follow your exercise routine, allow yourself some leeway when it comes to scheduling your workout. For instance, instead of telling yourself that you will work out on Sunday at 3 p.m., allow yourself to choose from 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. instead.
Learn to Balance Your Diet
Due to your ADHD, you might have been tempted to try those rapid weight loss gimmicks that promise to help you lose tens of pounds in just a couple of weeks. Aside from being dangerous to your health, these solutions do not help you lose weight permanently. Instead, take the time to learn about what food you should be eating and what food you should be avoiding so you can apply it to your dietary habits from now on.