There is a lot you can do to improve what and how you eat, but some of it takes training and knowledge most people do not have. Some common sense with your eating plan will go a long way. It is very important to eat “real” food (not canned or packaged), plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, protein, and even some carbs, but stay away from things with sugar. Teach yourself to start looking at labels.
Eat small amounts.
Eating small meals and snacks several times a day is very important to keep your metabolism burning strong. This also keeps you from getting too hungry and ultimately binge eating. One way to sabotage a healthy lifestyle change is to deny yourself food. It is very important to eat regular small meals and healthy snacks.
Get together with a friend who has much the same goals as you. Take a walk with them every day. Meet them for a healthy lunch. In fact, why not get a group together? That way, if one person is not available, maybe someone else will be. Moreover, the social interaction is good for you. People who go on “diets” tend to start avoiding people. That way if they “fall off the wagon”, they feel like they are not accountable to anyone.
Stop using the word “diet”. That word causes images of eating only salads and starving yourself to lose just a few pounds. Instead, try telling yourself you want to get healthy. It shouldn’t take too much to convince yourself to do that.
When the body is tired, chemical changes occur and certain substances are released in the body that cause weight gain or slow weight loss. It is easier to get involved in activities when you are rested.
You need to enjoy life. If you lose weight and feel healthy, you will want to enjoy life because you feel good about yourself. When you go out of your way to enjoy life, you will probably be more active, and this will contribute to your overall well-being.
Many times we interpret the body’s signals as hunger when they are actually thirst. Keeping the body properly hydrated helps it to flush out toxins and perform a myriad of functions more efficiently.
Many people are disheartened when they lose only 1 or 2 pounds a week on average. Unfortunately, many are looking for the quick fix. When you look at the long-term of 1 or 2 pounds of weight loss a week. That is 52-104 pounds in a year and 104-208 pounds in two years! Think about how you felt about your body one or two years ago. Is it the same as today? Had you made the commitment back then to get serious about living a healthy lifestyle, you would be much healthier today.
Be happy with your results. If you are living in a healthy manner, you will lose weight. Of course, how much weight you lose depends on many factors – what kinds of food you are putting in your body and the amount of Eagle Ridge Fitness exercise you are doing to burn calories. If you are walking 20 minutes a day and not losing what you think you should be losing, change to walking 30 minutes a day or a 15 minute walk twice a day. Adapt and move on.
However, do not expect to be the man or woman you were in school or college. You might never fit into your old prom dress or military uniform again. Just get up, have some fun and do what you can. Reward yourself for your accomplishments and forgive yourself for the setbacks. I refuse to call them failures. There is no failure until you give up completely