I used to think weight loss is difficult because I barely saw results. It turned out that my weight loss program at the time is not what I needed. When it comes to weight loss, there are things that may work to certain people and not show the same results to others. However, there are also practical weight loss tips that work for all kinds of people.
Setting Realistic Goals
If there is one thing I learned about losing weight, it’s the fact that I can’t be too hard on myself. I noticed that the things that work are the once that I can sustain for the long haul. For obvious reasons, anything that is too tough can be difficult to maintain. In other words, it is best to set goals that are realistic and are based on your own pace.
Give yourself enough time to reach your goal. Do not push yourself too hard, but do not make it too easy either to the point that you are slacking off. Keep in mind that it takes about six months for most people to reach their goal.
Get the Support that You Need
I learned that you can monitor your improvements by yourself, but having a support group to cheer you on helps a lot too. Having someone who can be your fitness partner works wonders when it comes to your motivation. There are online support groups and in-person groups that can serve this purpose as well.
Mix Things Up
When you think outside of the box, you can be creative with the different exercises that you involve yourself in. You can do physical activities that you enjoy most. For example, instead of staying in the gym the whole time, you can go play badminton, take a few laps at a pool, or go dancing with friends. You can mix things up so you don’t get bored with routine workouts.
The importance of breakfast cannot be emphasized enough. It is truly the most important meal since it helps you stay active for the rest of the day.
Use Time Wisely
Most people complain about not having enough time to go to the gym or prepare healthy meals. Some people resort to processed food since they are easier to prepare. The truth is, most of these people spend a lot of time watching TV or staying online. Be wise in your choices especially when it comes to which activities you spend most of your time on.
When it comes to weight loss, I learned that I have to make conscious decisions and lifestyle changes to reach my goal. The tips mentioned here are very simple and practical, but they can make a big difference to your weight loss goals and your overall health.
Before I go any further, I want to clarify something. By weight loss in relation to self esteem, I do not mean being skinny or getting a Victoria Secret model’s physique. What I mean is achieving that healthy weight to help you live your life free from insecurities that an unhealthy lifestyle brings.
With that out of the way, I want to point out that weight loss is an option that empowers you to take control of your own health. That alone provides a boost of self esteem as it proves you have the choice over your body.
On the other hand, you need to have a good amount of self esteem to make healthy choices. You need to love yourself in order to take care of yourself. It’s a cycle that goes hand in hand. This is why weight loss is both a result and a reflection of a healthy self esteem.
There have been countless of studies on how the mind and the body work together. It is not just a new age concept where you project peace to the world and the world projects peace back to you. Although there may be some truth to this new age concept, the effects that the mind has over the body and vice versa have been proven scientifically.
I notice I feel heavier whenever I skip gym sessions. I also feel less productive when I have less sleep. I feel sluggish when I eat processed or packaged food. These are some manifestations of how unhealthy lifestyle affects my body and mind.
If you are like me, a positive change is about to happen. You can do something for yourself that will dramatically change all other aspects of your life. Start by knowing you have the capacity to make a healthier choice for yourself and for your loved ones.
As someone who struggled with weight gain, I can attest how the need to eat mostly happens between your ears and not in the belly. Before I became a mindful eater, I would unthinkingly walk to the fridge and eat whatever I can find. Most of the time, my stomach would tell me I’m full but my mind would tell me otherwise.
For people who have gone through the same problem, getting out of it can be difficult. I know some people who required intervention from their loved ones to get them out of this unhealthy cycle. In my case, it took awareness and a health scare to snap me out of it.
To be mindful is to be aware with what’s happening to you. Unless you do not see the problem, you will continue with the unhealthy choices that you make. Sometimes it requires a life event for you to be proactive about your health.
Getting help is the first step to becoming a mindful eater. It does not have to be a professional help. You can talk to a trusted friend about your issues involving food. You may also help yourself by reading about how you can improve your health. The moment I noticed that I’m not healthy; I decided to find ways to get me out of my unhealthy habits.
Healthy Eating = Healthy Life
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. That is very true for people who are struggling with weight. Technically, we have been eating since the day we were born. It has become a very common activity that we take it for granted. Sometimes we stuff food in our mouths without even thinking about what it can do to our body.
The opposite happens when you become a mindful eater. Instead of thinking of eating as something automatic, what you do is you plan your meals ahead. This way you can monitor the kind of food you are eating.
Of course, this is something easier said than done. It was a struggle for me in the beginning. The good news is, it becomes easier with time. Another good news is I was never too hard on myself. There are days when I let loose and allow myself to indulge in my cravings. However, mindful eating has become “automatic” for me that I do not have to reinforce my commitment.
You can do the same too. Start by being mindful of the fact that you deserve to be healthy and happy.