Weight loss is as simple as ‘burn more calories than you eat’, but we can’t seem to do it!
The weight loss industry fills our minds with just take this pill, buy this piece of equipment, try this extreme diet and everything will melt away quickly! We spend billions every year on weight loss products and we are still overweight.
Factors that can contribute to weight gain:
finding time to exercise
choosing salad over pizza
commitment to live healthy every day
Regardless of what’s happening in your life, losing weight will be very difficult!
Things that could be preventing you from achieving your goal:
If you just want to lose weight or look a certain way, it can be hard to lose weight and keep it off. If you don’t see results quickly, you give up. Weight loss is a great goal, but unless you have something else to motivate you, you will give up. The weight doesn’t come off overnight, so find reasons to be healthy...
having more energy
decreasing blood pressure Or cholesterol
living longer to be around your kids.
These are some great reasons!
You have to be willing to change how you live. It doesn’t mean changing everything overnight, but be open to new ways of doing things.
Daily Routine - get up earlier to prepare your lunch or get a workout in. Exercise during your lunch hour. Go for a walk after dinner instead of watching TV.
Limits - Set new rules for yourself limiting how much TV you watch or how long you are on social media. Pay attention to how you spend your time and add physical activity and just move!
Pantry - Don’t keep foods in the house you cannot eat responsibly. You won’t eat it if you don’t buy it.
Schedule - If you aren’t willing to sit down and change the way you live each day and include exercise, prepare meals and recover with sleep, it will be hard to lose weight. A busy schedule is not an excuse.
It is possible to lose weight with diet alone, but you’ll likely hit a plateau. Exercise, including weight training, will speed up your metabolism than just diet alone. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym. Set up a reasonable workout schedule that you can follow each week. It’s not about killing yourself, it’s about finding something you like and that you’ll continue with. Be willing to be more active on a regular basis, not just a week here and there.
Changing the way you eat is another thing you’re going to have to do for long-term permanent weight loss. You need to be willing to replace unhealthy foods with healthier choices.
learning and understanding how to read food labels
taking time to prepare meals in advance
avoiding extra portions and asking for half to go when eating out
writing down what you eat in a food journal
For permanent wight loss, you need to pay attention to what you eat and make good choices more often. Restrictive diets eventually end, but healthy eating never stops. There will be a time when you’re done eating healthy and you feel like sacrificing good stuff for pizza or cookies. YOU CAN STILL HAVE THEM! Just in moderation. Enjoy a cheat meal...not a cheat DAY, just a meal. Maybe even just part of a meal...have a soda instead of water with a meal, or keep the water and enjoy a small dessert.
Are you ready to stop giving your body the most convenient thing available and often most unhealthy. Instead, spend time planning what and when you’ll eat and exercise. Because that’s what it takes to get healthy...permanently.
Stay focused for the long haul. Always think about how far you have come and strive to be the best version of you. Don’t compare yourself to others, your journey will be different and an active lifestyle takes time. Never give up!