Change your Relationship with Food
Have you ever thought about your relationship with food? Most people who are trying to lose weight experience a tumultuous relationship with food. Some are obsessed with eating no fat, no rice, and no sugar, leaving them feeling deprived and more likely to binge thereafter. The key to healthy eating is moderation. Forget about single-item diets. Proper nutrition is essential in healthy weight loss.
- Eat three square meals everyday. This will eliminate unnecessary cravings and will keep your body properly nourished.
- Cook as much as you can at home. Home-cooked meals allow you to manage your food portions, choose what ingredients to include, and ensure that there are no unhealthy additions like preservatives and additives.
- Introduce more vegetables and fruits into your diet. It doesn’t always have to be salad. You can steam your veggies, add spice, or cook them with your other favorite recipes.
- Find low-calorie alternatives to your favorite food. This is all about being mindful about your food choices. You can choose low-fat milk over the high-fat ones, prepare your own fries, and perhaps bake your meals instead of frying them.
- Plan healthy snacks like yogurt, fruits, nuts, veggies, and dried fruits. Slowly phase out all the junk food you’ve been eating. Before you know it, eating fruits as snacks will become second nature to you.
Get Active, Slowly but Surely.
Most people get stumped in the beginning, especially those who are stuck in sedentary lifestyles. Others find the initial process so daunting that they end up not doing anything about it at all. Think small steps. It doesn’t have to be a rigorous workout immediately. Start by setting aside at least 20 minutes of your time daily, and do any physical activity while gradually increasing the duration overtime. You can start by thinking about what you enjoy doing the most or what it is that doesn’t drastically disrupt your schedule.
- Ask yourself what type of exercise excites you. Running doesn’t require expensive gear and it allows you to go outside and get some fresh air. Yoga incorporates both the mind and the body, perfect for those who wish to practice meditation while losing weight at the same time.
- Focus on the fun part rather than the hard part. Finding an exercise that you enjoy ensures a longer commitment towards getting active. It prevents common pitfalls such as skipping the activity or giving up easily.
- Gradually add intensity to your workout. Once you get the habit of exercising, it is best to prolong your sets or add body weight exercises to keep it fresh and exciting. This will also prevent an exercise rut. Make sure the change is slow in order to properly condition your body and avoid injury.
- Incorporate more physical activity in your daily tasks. Instead of driving for your next errand, why not walk. If you’ve been sitting the whole day at the office, do a 5-minute stretching during your breaks. Any simple exercise you can incorporate to your mundane tasks adds up to your healthy weight loss goals overtime.