Tips To Lose Weight Naturally- Here’s what I did

I have come to realize that, the older I get, the harder it is to lose weight! I have tried everything out there, but after a short amount of time, I would go right back to my bad habits! So, I decided, that instead of trying diets that are temporary, I need to do something that is a lifestyle change, and the results will last forever! Hopefully!!

After that ah-ha moment, I committed to be more focused on changing as a whole and changing my mindset, that way, it’s not just a fad diet, but it’s now a part of my life!

I have come up with, a few tips, that will help you get on the right track to, losing weight naturally, and making it a permanent part of your life as well!

Changing Your Mindset

I will be honest, I am an emotional eater! I used to be able to “get away with it”, but now it has caught up to me! I now have to be more mindful about everything I eat! It has definitely been a struggle!

When you decide to finally take that first step toward losing weight, it’s like your mind and your body, freaks out! You start having really bad cravings, you get moody and emotional, you feel like you’re starving, and there are even times when, you just feel like “what’s the point”. It feels like an emotional roller coaster when you start to make changes to your eating, and even, drinking habits!

What I learned is that, I just had to fight through it! I had to take it one day at a time, and work hard at changing my mindset! I had to encourage myself and keep myself motivated by staying focused on my goal! I had to mentally prepare myself and give myself permission to slip up and start over!

You have to be kind to yourself, keep focusing on your goals, and realize, this isn’t a fad diet, it’s a lifestyle change!

Don’t Go Cold Turkey

Going cold turkey, after spending years creating these bad habits, is not a good idea! When you do that, you run the risk of setting yourself up for failure!

I took a good look at my diet and started cutting things out, one thing at a time! I started with, cutting out fast food and soda. Those two were the worst of my bad habits, and one of the biggest causes, of some health issues I had. The first couple of weeks were the hardest and I had a couple of slip ups, but I started to see results right away and that’s what motivated me!

During those first couple of weeks, I started incorporating healthier food into my diet. I started eating more fruits, vegetables, and for the meat, I would just have boiled chicken! It wasn’t an exciting diet, but it really helped!

Subtract Something “Bad”, Add Something “Good”

Your body and your mind doesn’t do very well when you just, “take something away” from it, that it’s used to. For example: when I stopped drinking soda, I started juicing, making smoothies, drinking lots of water, and more natural juices like, cranberry juice. I still had the cravings, but I was replacing the nutrients that my body hadn’t been getting for a long time.

Doing that helped with the cravings and helped me feel better! Once my mind and body got over the fact that I was no longer drinking soda, it realized that I was supplying it with the nutrients it needs to function!

After you go through your diet and figure out the “bad” foods you need to take away, remember to replace that “bad” with “good”. When you do it that way, you’re not making yourself feel unsatisfied, unfulfilled and hungry!

The worst thing to do is to starve yourself! If your body feels like it’s starving, it will be harder to lose weight because your body will start storing the fat! Whenever you eliminate something from your diet, always replace it with something that your body can use to be healthier!

Do Your Research

Never go into a diet, preferably a lifestyle change, without a plan! Do your research! Figure out what’s best for you and your current lifestyle! Be realistic! Do something that is actually going to work for you and be honest with yourself about what you can do!

You never want to set yourself up for failure! What works for someone else, may not work for you! Come up with your own “diet”. You don’t have to follow any “diet” exactly! It’s OK to take it and make it your own! Find recipes that you will actually like and enjoy! Make it one of your goals to, make one new recipe every week! It could be a whole meal or a smoothie! Keep it interesting and fun!

Remember, the goal should be to make this a lifestyle change and not just a temporary diet! There’s so much information out there! Pick something that fits you! Set yourself up for success!

Focus On The Positive

Try not to get so caught up in the pressure of making a change! It’s OK to have a “cheat day” or to have a moment where, you reach for a cookie instead of a banana! Don’t put yourself down if that happens! Just continue to stay focused on your goals and the end result!

Always celebrate your accomplishments! Focus more on the positive aspect of making this change because, it will definitely pay off in the long run!

Losing weight naturally has helped me tremendously! I feel so much better, and the health issues that were caused by my bad eating habits, are now gone! Seeing those results has given me the motivation to keep up with the changes that I made!

Also, have a good support system! It really helps to have someone you can call in the moments where, you feel discouraged or you feel like giving up! You can encourage and motivate each other in this process!

So, stay on this path! It’s worth it and I know, if I can do it, you can definitely do it!

 

 

 

 

 

10 Replies to “Tips To Lose Weight Naturally- Here’s what I did”

  1. I used to have boiled chicken too! and I don’t roast or grill anymore during my time of losing weight as I was obese back in high school and it worked! But after losing weight, I felt happy and I ended up eating all sorts of oily and fried food and I gained 10kg in just a few weeks!

    I was thinking of getting an air fryer since it doesn’t require us to add oil and they’ve got some pretty rad reviews too about health, do you think it’s a healthy alternative to cooking fried food long-term?

    1. Congrats! I know you can get back on track! Once you start seeing the results, you will want to keep going! 

      It definitely sounds like it would be a healthier alternative, but maybe still limit how often you’re eating fried food! The best way to cook is by baking or steaming, but of course, you always have to treat yourself, every once in a while! Everything in moderation is my motto!!!!  🙂

      Thank you so much for your feedback!

  2. Hi Janis,

    what a great article around weight loss.  I have been there and I am still there.  I tried to lose weight for so many years, but i was not successful at all.  I lost a few pounds here and there, but gained them back in no time.

    Around 3 years ago, I visited a nutritionist our of pure curiosity.  I did not believe in him and what he would say.  Just went there to have been with one.  Now, that sounds silly, but it was like that.

    He ordered me to visit him every single week.  Boy, was I making funny faces when I left his office for the first time.  But those visits changed my whole mindset about food and eating.  And it has helped me a lot.

    I lost some great weight, but I put it back on after a year.  And it came to a point where I was done, where I just wanted to change.

    And that change happened.  A year ago, I found Bright Line Eating, a program where you follow 4 bright lines: No sugar, no flour, measure what you eat, and eat on specific times during the day.  

    You state that going cold turkey is not the best thing to do.  I did!  And I wouldn’t have that redone.  Once i was off that “sugar addiction”, things and perspectives changed radically.  

    I have lost over 40 pounds so far, and I am on the way to lose the next 30 to be at goal weight.  Nope, I do not diet every day, I do not follow the plan 100%.  But my eating habits have changed so much, and I am happy about it.  

    It has been a great journey, and I finally understood how sugar and flour make you so extremely tired, which I had never understood before.  I’ve tried it quite some times during these past 12 months.  I ditch sugar and flour 100% for around 30 days, then go back to eating just a little of it.  The difference how I feel after is so noticeable.  

    I enjoyed reading your article, as it resounds with me.  I’ve been there, and I am continuing the path.

    Success to you,

    Oscar

    1. That’s awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your story! It definitely can be an uphill battle, but through hard work and determination, you will reach your goal! It sounds like you’re on the right track! I’m so happy for you! Keep up the good work!

      Thank you so much for your feedback!

  3. I used to have a very unhealthy diet in the past.The resolves only comes when my body are trying to signal me as my body is declining(Getting overweight) .Then i decided change my mindset and attitude regarding my lifestyle.I turns out diet was just a minor part of the resolve.The lifestyle is what makes me whole.The simple task as having consistency time on sleeps .Setting up only 3 meals a day and eat in time.Although it seems insignificant by themselves.But if you combine those commitment together .It would change you in a great way.My strategy was to start adapting 1 great habit to another to get my body weight to optimised.Cheers!

  4. This is a very insightful article. You have brought up many things that will really be helpful of anyone trying to get into better shape. I think health is a very important thing and it is scary to see how many of us just overlook it altogether.

    I feel that the reason we always fall back into the same old habits is due to the subconscious picture we hold of ourselves. Over time we develop an idea of what we should be and how we should act and we subconsciously strive to meet that expectation of ourselves.

    Imagine you have a car that is scratched. If the scratch has been there a while you will most likely not even notice it anymore. But if you can convince yourself that the scratch is a problem you will fight to fix it. This goes with anything in your life.

    We can achieve great things with willpower alone. But the problem with will power is, you have to keep fighting what feels natural to you. You see yourself a certain way and you fight to change it. The easiest way to change any aspect of your life is to first change your perspective.

    Close your eyes and visualize what you want as though it is already there. If you do this enough you will paint a picture in your mind that feels natural. When that picture does not match your reality you will do everything you can, even at a subconscious level to change it. Just like that scratch on your car.

    1. You are right on! You bring up a lot of really good points, and that’s such a good example, with the scratch on the car! When you choose to ignore something that might seem “small”, down the line, it can turn into a much bigger situation! It’s best to gain control now to avoid, what can potentially be, serious health issues! 

      Thank you so much for your feedback!

  5. Such a good tip about adding something back instead of just taking everything away. That’s the big thing that’s hard for me, if I start to eat healthier. I just feel like I’m missing out on everything that I want. But if I focus on adding new things that are good, like delicious homemade juice’s then it makes it easier to subtract the bad things.

    1. I totally agree! That’s really good that you do that! You don’t want to freak your body out and make it feel like it’s starving, that’s how we revert back to old habits!

      Thank you so much for your feedback!

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