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!