So you want to lose weight and you feel a little overwhelmed by all those diets out there and all those helpful tips and tricks about how to lose weight and keep it off – from 2 fasting for days a week (which apparently isn’t such a bad way to approach losing weight after all) to the Duncan diet other hundreds of famous diets. You’re right to feel overwhelmed, but don’t worry, in this article you’ll get a bit of information that will help your weight loss journey a success. We’re not offering the supreme truth, nor the answer to all your weight loss questions, we’re merely putting things in perspective for you, and this, we think, is extremely important when embarking on a weight loss journey.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off you need to change many things about your life, not just your diet. Everything you do is connected and one part of your life will impact another, whether you want it or not. Let’s say you are stressed at work and you don’t have time to relax, but your eating habits don’t change. You might be losing weight because of all that stress. Now we’re not saying you should exhaust yourself working, we’re merely presenting a situation. Let’s see how you can lose weight and keep it off.
First of all you need to ask yourself why you’re doing this. Is it for health reasons? Is it because your friends or family told you to? Is it because you want to get back inside that dress you’ve had since high school? Or is it because you just want to look a few pounds slimmer? The reasons behind wanting to lose weight have a direct connection to the success of your endeavor. We’re not telling you what to do with your own body (nobody should), but there are good reasons and trivial reasons and you know that the dress reason is not a good one. Always consult your physician before starting any diet or fitness regime.
Evaluate Your Current Lifestyle
We feel that each and every one of us knows what makes them put on weight and what needs to be done to lose it. We know this because we know our lifestyle. You know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth and how much exercise you’re doing and so on. For two weeks before starting any diet, make a food and exercise diary where you log everything you eat and do. After two weeks it’ll be easy to make a fair assessment about what needs to go and what needs to stay. Only after you know what you’re dealing with can you start changing things for the better.
Now that you’ve evaluated your lifestyle and know what your reasons are for wanting to lose weight, you have to get down to business. There is no easy way around this, you will have to eat less food in general and more healthy food in particular. But this doesn’t mean that you have to starve, actually a weight loss plan that leaves you starved and dizzy isn’t a plan that will work in the long run. For you to lose weight and keep it off you have to not only change the way you eat, but also change the way you view food. Eat more for nourishment and less for pleasure, learn to know when to stop (not when you’re exploding) – because we all know that moment when you know are quite full but you keep on eating because the food is so awesome. Changing the way you perceive food will help you keep the extra weight off for good.
We’ll be short: exercise! Don’t be afraid to move, don’t be afraid to sweat. Do at least 30 minutes of cardio a day and start training with weights. Do Pilates, do Yoga, do whatever you like or you think you will like – just do it at least three times a week. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk, don’t drive whenever possible. In this case, as with the food, you need to change your perspective, you need to create a routine that you will love and stick by it!
Never do any changes to your body that you don’t want to do. Don’t let your friend, spouse or strangers influence what you think about your body, don’t let them have a say in your body! It is yours and yours alone and you should be the only person who has the power to change it. If you’ve managed to lose weight and keep it off, we would love to hear your reasons for wanting to lose weight, or details about your weight loss journey, just drop us a line!