You’ll probably find it odd that someone who is still overweight is passing out diet and weightless advice. But you’d rather here it from me then you’re forever skinny friend who seems to empty a Taco Bell into their gullet and never gain an ounce or worse yet, the person who needed to lose 20 pounds and suddenly is the new Dr. Oz. But I can tell you, as someone who has lost a person (135 pounds) and still has some to go that there are a few things one absolutely has to keep in mind when planning on losing weight. Now there are a few pre-requisites. You should visit the doctor and make sure your thyroid and hormones are all working properly. Given the chemicals in our environment it’s important that your bio-mechanics are working properly. Once you’ve got your body firing on all cylinders, it’s time to get serious. You may also want to explore holistic nutrition and homeopathy as well, it depends on how deep into this you want to get. If you struggle with chronic conditions or have inflammation, yeast issues or food sensitivities they can be helpful to you.
You have to make it sustainable
Whatever combination of diet and exercise you choose you need to be able to do it long term. Going on a crazy diet for 30, 60 or 90 days not only shocks your system but then you gain all the weight back when you return to your old eating habits. That’s not sustainable and leads to yo-yo dieting. If you’ve been trying to lose weight this might be a familiar story for you. But this time can be different with the right program of diet and exercise. Whatever you can do long term. What foods can you live without? How many days can you really devote to exercise?
Find an exercise you love and do it regularly
If I weren’t a writer, I would certainly be a gym rat. Fortunately for me, I love the weight room and the gym so I enjoy going to the gym and working out and it works for me. Find something that works and stick to that regularly.
You will have setbacks, you will fall off the wagon, and you will eating things that you have agreed not to. Not to worry, the best thing to do is just be kind to yourself and simply do better tomorrow. Berating yourself just tears down your self-esteem and that can lead to even worse things. I’ll use myself as an example. I’ve recently decided to quit drinking soda again. I had some at lunch the other day. I don’t worry, I had a chance to buy soda today and reached for the iced tea (unsweetened) instead. I did better today.
Know the difference between losing and maintenance
There are many diet programs to lose weight and then there are diets that will keep you at your maintenance. The best thing you can do is know the difference. You basically have two options, find a diet where you lose slowly or seriously change your diet for a short time and then decide what you can do for maintenance. Personally, I prefer a diet I can eat for years, not just a few months for the above mentioned reasons. However, if you choose a different path be mindful of how you are going to eat after your “diet” ends.
Bring your food choices into the conscious rather than the unconscious
Many people have gotten overweight due to a variety of factors. This can include idle eating, poor eating habits, a diet of fast food, or just too many processed foods without enough vegetables and other nutritional foods. One of the best things you can do for long term fitness is to bring your eating habits into the conscious mind. Know what you are eating, when you are eating and why you are eating it. This can solve stress eating, idle eating and generally stop any eating your body doesn’t actually need. Give it a try!
Fitness is a life-long commitment so don’t forget that. There are no magic bullets and no short-term solutions. You have to commit to a better life for your whole life. Good luck and have a good life!