I am no expert, but through the years I’ve tried everything to lose weight with no avail. Diets were all gimmicky with short term results.
Despite what most people think, losing weight isn’t about having a special ingredient or secret combination of superfoods.
Did you ever hear the saying: “You are what you eat”? Well, anyone who has ever read a nutrition book knows that it’s true.
If we eat fatty foods in abundance, we become fat. If, however we eat a balanced, nutritious diet with lean protein, a variety of non-starchy vegetables, dairy, and fresh fruit, we will become leaner and full of energy.
The other famous saying that comes to mind is: “Everything in moderation”. If you eat too much of any one food, healthy or not, you deprive your body of the nutrients it could have had if more variety was consumed.
This can lead to depression, lack of sleep, and overall bad health. As a result, consistency is key. Focusing on putting healthy things into your body consistently will help your body release all of the extra toxins and fat that is unnecessary. When you feed your body the nutrients it needs, it won’t hold onto the extra that it it doesn’t.
Even though the fuel that you feed your body is extremely important, there are also other factors that equally impact your health.
The Physical Activity
In a day and age where sedentary-ism is the norm, physical activity is becoming more and more challenging. The strenuous act of not hitting snooze and getting out of bed early to get ready, go to the gym, have the motivation to work out, and come home to shower before work starts can be almost impossible for busy working folks to squeeze into their schedule.
The truth is, most of us have not made time in our busy schedules to account for our body’s need for physical activity. It’s just not at the top of our priorities list.
Most of us don’t think about it, but we really do have time in our lives for physical activity.
Jogging or hitting the gym aren’t the only options for addressing these physical activity needs.
The small gaps of time in our day where we just sit or stand around could be filled with a small injection of physical activity. Instead of sitting, stand. Instead of eating at your desk during lunch or a small break, take your sandwich on the go. Walk around the block a few times or even just stand and mingle with coworkers. Any break from sitting helps your body when your job is mostly sedentary. Walk in place or tap your feet when standing. Anything that will help burn extra calories and get your body moving will help your health in the long run.
Just as important as a healthy diet and physical activity, mental health plays a huge role in weight loss and management. Think about it, a person’s self-esteem, confidence, and attitude all greatly impact the outcome of a weight loss journey. For example, a person who has a low self-esteem and doesn’t believe they are capable of anything will put less effort towards meeting a weight loss goal. A person who is proud of themselves and willing to go the extra mile to take care of their own body will most likely be more successful.
Maintaining good mental health means thinking positively. It means setting obtainable goals and being motivated enough to reach them.
You must tell yourself that you can do it. You must be confident enough to follow through and help your body become even better and stronger.
I don’t know where you’re at in your journey, but I do know that there are these few things in common with every weight-loss program out there. The last ingredient and key to success is sticking to it.
Sticking To It
Sticking to a plan and living it is the last important key and piece of the puzzle. If you make a plan and don’t follow it, how can you expect it to turn out the way you had hoped?
This might involve posting sticky notes all over the house reminding you of your goal and how far you’ve come. Making your screensaver an inspirational quote can also help.
There are so many different ways that can keep you motivated. Figure out what works and fly with it. You can do this!
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