Is losing weight at the top of your ‘New Year’s Resolution’ list?
Setting wise weight loss goals may actually not be at the top of that list. For many (myself included!), losing weight usually involves replacing one set of unhealthy eating habits with another. In other words, we often go from eating anything & everything as the 1st of January draws near, to starving ourselves for the next week and a half. Soon after we get so discouraged, that we end up losing hope and throwing in the towel. Sound familiar? Let’s take a look at a better way.Losing weight usually involves replacing one set of unhealthy eating habits with another... Click To Tweet
One of the ‘wisest’ courses of action one can take, whether it is in regards to weight loss or anything else you want to succeed in, is to seek out the advice of those who are where you want to be. My husband is a body-discipline master. Maximizing the highest results while exerting the least amount of effort is his forte. Basically, he adapts a ‘work smarter, not harder’ mentality. Why spin your wheels and get nowhere, when you can set your sites in the right direction and move quickly forward? I have lost 30lbs since last March by incorporating a few simple ideas and habits I partially learned from ‘D‘:
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‘Starvation Mode’ Moves Quick! ~ Soon after the body stops receiving food, your metabolism slows down. This happens faster than you think it does. DO NOT THINK FASTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS WILL WORK! When you feel a hunger pang, EAT! But, you must eat what will benefit your body’s weight loss goal the most. Eat a small amount of something high in PROTEIN. This will satisfy your hunger, and keep you satiated for a long period of time. I wait until I am hungry (this may not be until noon) before I eat. Then I make sure I eat a HIGH PROTEIN small meal. This keeps me full until about 4pm, where I then have a small high protein snack. Ideas: full fat cheese and a few saltine crackers ~ 1/2 nut butter sandwich on wheat ~ full fat yogurt w/berries & granola ~ a small plate of last night’s dinner (heavy on meat portion) ~ handful of nuts & slices of apple…
Re-setting the ‘Set Point’ ~ DO NOT be discouraged by this. Basically, your body has a ‘set point’, or weight that it ‘thinks’ it should be at. If you have been overweight for a long period of time, or have yo-yo dieted during your life, your set-point may be higher than it should be. This is why many people gain back the weight (and then some) after dieting. YOU CAN RE-SET this number! However, it will take time. If you want to successfully lose weight and keep it off, it will not be a quick process. I have lost 30lbs, but it has purposely taken me almost a year. The best way to do this is to lose 5-10 lbs, then MAINTAIN that weight for at least 2 months, then go down again/maintain/ ect. Slow & steady will teach your body it has a new homeostasis to maintain.
D-I-E-T is a ‘four-letter word’ ~ We HAVE to stop thinking that being healthy & losing weight means eating ‘special’ food and /or depriving ourselves for periods of time. The trick is to find a healthy/whole food way of eating everyday in amounts that will cause weight loss and eventually ‘maitenance’. The style of eating that will work for you, will be the way you will probably end up eating for the rest of your life. It really is a trial and error thing until you find the foods and amounts that will work for your body.
No Shame In Medical Help ~ If you need to, seek a pysician’s help with your weight loss. You may need a ‘tool’ to help get you started. Here is where you have to ‘know’ yourself. If you are going to depend on a medication to do the work for you, it will eventually fail. But, many people have successfully used perscription medication as a ‘help’ to get started in the right direction. Talk to your doctor to see if this may be an option.
*ALWAYS SEEK PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE BEFORE STARTING ANY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY
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