Type “lose weight” into Google and you’ll end up with 1000 promises for flat belly in 10 days, drop a dress size in 6.
I’m here to tell you it’s just not that easy!
Yes, a quick fix may lead to a quick reduction in weight. But what happens after that? Can you maintain that drastic lifestyle change? Does that weight come right back…with a vengeance?
The truth is, it can and should be a slightly longer road to get there. Managing and reducing weight for whatever reason you have needs to be sustainable so that you can bask in the glory of it for your lifetime, not just a few short-lived weeks.
If you’re just starting out on your weight loss journey here are a few tips and tricks for you.
Focus on your ‘why’
Why do you want to lose weight? Is it for general health? Is it prevention of diet related diseases that run in your family? Have you been diagnosed with something yourself? Or, do you just want to be the healthiest version of yourself? Get in touch with your ‘why’ because there’s a long road ahead and you need something to anchor you back to the reason you started this journey in the first place.
Detox your pantry and fridge
Clear out your pantry and fridge of the refined, processed foods that have been shown cause weight gain, promote inflammation and have little to no nutrient value. Instead, stock up of whole unprocessed whole foods such as fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, beans and legumes.
Be mindful of your gut
Our gut plays such a vital role in our health and wellbeing. Take note of what your body feels like when you consume different foods. Optimising your gut health can contribute to improve weight loss outcomes as well as improving your mental health.
When it comes to exercise, do what makes you feel good. Keep in mind that it is important to mix it up, but not at the expense of enjoyment. You’re far more likely to stick to it if it feels great! Don’t forget that incidental movement too. You’ll be amazed at what taking the stairs or walking to the shop will do for your daily steps!
There will be always setbacks, but that is life, it’s not a reason to give up and forget your ‘why’. If you fall, it’s ok. Pick yourself up and start again. We get sick, we get busy and sometimes it’s hard to stick to a routine. It’s doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
Don’t go it alone. There is so much support out there for you to get a hold of. See a nutritionist to help you work out the best eating plan for your circumstances. Get a personal trainer, go to a yoga class, walk with a friend. Ask for help where you need it, because we can’t all be experts in everything!
The main thing you need to remember above all else is to take small steps, get the right advice for your circumstances. A diet that works wonders for one person, may not be right for you and vice versa. There are so many underlying factors that inhibit weight loss. It’s not as simple as energy out and energy in.