By Mianna Korben
Being overweight is a condition affecting a growing number of people. Each person combating it has their own story of how they came to that point and each of them has to address their personal reasons. In addition to that, a more balanced lifestyle is a necessary step towards weight loss as well as the key to preventing the weight from coming back.
To make your weight loss worthwhile, you should bring the change into your life with the 5 tips listed below.
1. Healthy nutrition instead of trendy diets
If you want to lose weight, you must change your eating habits. Though many diets offer different recipes for success, they are typically time-limited. Though such diets can help lose a pound or two, they aren’t a solution for long-term weight loss.
Actually, a healthy stable diet which focuses on balance and lowering food quantity can work wonders. It isn’t quick, but if you choose a regime which doesn’t leave you craving, you are more likely to stick to it and not only lose weight but also maintain the weight loss more easily.
2. Workout and active life
If eating right is the first step then working out is the second. Though you might be lowering the intake of calories, you still need to shed the pounds already there. In addition to that, your metabolism will adjust to your new eating habits and slow down. For best results combine cardio and strength exercises, but you must find a way to make them work with your schedule.
However, hitting the gym shouldn’t be the only part of your life which is physically active. Try to walk or cycle to a destination and to take the stairs more often. Spend less of your time inside, sitting down, and more outside playing sports and taking part in physically challenging activities.
3. Surgery as a helping hand
Though there is no long-term weight loss without a sustainable eating and workout plan, you might need an extra push to gain results. Obesity surgery is another way you can help your weight loss but only in combination with proper diet and exercise.
This type of procedure can address the biological part of weight loss, as our bodies are built to store food, not to lose the extra pounds. The other beneficial side is social and psychological, as you will feel more motivated to stick to your goals for good.
4. Support system
The weight loss process can feel solitary, but it doesn’t have to be. You aren’t the only person struggling with this problem, actually, the World Health Organization explains that 39% of adults worldwide are overweight and 13% are obese. Reach out to your friends and even to communities online or meeting in your local health organisations. It is always easier to go through such a life-changing process in a team.
Also, you should make sure that those around you are supporting your new ways and not undermining your progress. This goes for your friends and family but also to colleagues at work. Being polite is great, but self-care is more important. So saying no to that brownie your colleague offered just because is perfectly ok.
5. Be realistic, stay motivated and find the root
Remember these words ‘I am only human, I’m not perfect, and I’m allowed to make mistakes’. As this is a goal you will have to pursue for the rest of your life, you need to find the inner strength and motivation to keep going even when things get tough and even if you ‘fail’. Eating a ‘forbidden’ item or skipping a few workouts should not stop you, but challenge you to start all over again.
Various personal issues can be triggers for overeating, so getting in touch with your feelings and managing stress can help get to the root of why you are overweight.
Getting your body in shape and improving your health are difficult things to do but they will improve the quality of your life. To make the weight loss more permanent, make sure that the changes you install are obtainable and practical. Stay focused and don’t give up as your body will be grateful for your effort.