Diets, Fasting and Fads - What To Do!?
Every week a new diet or program comes out marketed as the newest and greatest 'thing'. We are constantly bombarded with ideaologies, weight loss supplements and new ways of burning fat. Quick fix: do this, take this and it will work for you. But the key question is: will it work for me?
The first thing question one may ask themselves is why they want to lose weight and what they are prepared to do to achieve their goals. It all starts with our desire and true determination to make some kind of change. If you take on a new diet or weight loss regime, will it work with your current state of mind, schedule and will you stick with it. Are you truly ready to do what it takes?
We are all biochemically different. What works for one person may or may not work for another. We will all lose weight differently, in different places and at different paces. Please don't compare yourself to someone else. Compare yourself to yourself and your own progress. True success is when you have made even small changes in your life.
Your body is always trying to maintain homeostasis. A healthy balance of necessary fats, carbs and proteins. It uses these macro nutrients for important bodily functions. What you need is what your body will give to you. That is the first order of operations in our wonderfully complicated, but very efficient bodies. We all need calories for energy but the key is to find what works for YOU.
First step is to look at why you need to lose the weight. That will help inspire and motivate you to do so. For example, you want to fit into certain clothes because they don't fit like they used to. You want to feel better about yourself. But feeling better about yourself should come from within.
Do what you want to do because YOU are ready. You want to make that change, not because society tells you to make that change.
It's called self love. Self love is not arrogant, it's a must. As a holistic wellness professional, I try to get the message out that wellness is not only about what you put into your body but also how you feel about your body. Let me say that again, how YOU feel about your body. Baby steps are not always a bad thing, they help get you started. When we see progress, it inspires us to continue on. They say 'Rome wasn't built in a day' so why do you think you can entirely change your body in a short time? Start with a positive body image and set goals that can be met.
Secondly, look at several different ways to get there. Hire a professional to help you, or ask help from a buddy to help keep you accountable - it is worth it. We all need help sometimes and there is nothing wrong with that. When you start seeing results (and you will) it will help motive you to continue on.
Whether it's weight loss or another reason, we all have habits. Habits are hard to break. We can start one program that has been touted by some celebrity but is it realistic for us? If you think completely changing your diet and habits is the way to go, to lose the pounds, is it something you can realistically keep up?
Some easy tips to get you started:
- Consider incorporating a very doable food journal. Whether its an app on your phone or jot down notes throughout the day. When I started tracking what I was actually eating, I was incredibly surprised to see how quickly the calories added up;
- Track your steps or exercise, that will help keep the balance of calories in and calories out;
- Pay attention to what you are actually eating, read the labels as sugar content is often much higher than we think;
- Consider some type of intermittent fasting. Nothing hard core, but have a period of time where your body has burned off the calories consumed but now has time to burn fat giving your liver a boost, which is a key role to weight loss;
- Drink more water between meals, to feel fuller longer.
Bottom Line: You can do it. We all have the power to accomplish goals, but it will happen if you believe in yourself. I believe in you.
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