Nobody likes being on the diet roller coaster, yet almost everyone I talk to has found themselves aboard the ride more than once in their lifetime. Instead of finding sustainable weight loss it seems that most dieters simply stop dieting and go back to their old habits before they even get close to seeing and feeling what good health is really all about. After all, there are hundreds of diet books on the market all with a similar goal in mind- to make money.
So it’s no surprise that those who try the tactics shared in most of these books feel deprived, unhappy, sick, and unmotivated before long. This is the key to weight loss:
THERE IS NO MAGIC PILL, METHOD, OR DRINK that will provide you with effortless weight loss which allows you to keep the same lifestyle habits that you currently have.
That’s the bottom line.
Sustainable weight loss is about a lifestyle change, not a diet! Starting slow and steady is the key because the goal is to create new habits that will last you a lifetime. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Implement a few simple changes into your life and practice them for a month or two before you implement more changes if necessary. Let’s get you started today!
Following are three easy to do yet effective lifestyle changes that will catapult your efforts for sustainable weight loss:
If you aren’t drinking a couple liters of water each and every day, it’s time to get busy. There are many reasons to drink lots of water; the biggest is simply for hydration. Believe it or not, almost everyone is dehydrated! You’ll be surprised at how much energy plenty of water provides too. Water also helps to move the toxins out of the body to help you build a stronger, healthier body. Add a lemon slice to your morning water and you’ll get a metabolism boost for the day.
Get More Sleep
There never seems to be enough hours in the day as it is, but you are doing more harm than good if you aren’t getting at a VERY MINIMUM, eight to nine hours of sleep each night. Sleep is the only time the cells in your body can concentrate on rebuilding and repairing. It’s also the time your brain needs to rest up for peak performance, clear thinking, and lots of optimism throughout the daylight hours.
If you want to cut down on sick days, getting your sleep will help a lot. Getting enough sleep will help to regulate your metabolism and give you the energy you need to stay happy and active while you’re awake, which is crucial for sustainable weight loss. Do yourself a favor and get in bed nine to ten hours before you have to wake up. Just make it happen-give it a month- you won’t be disappointed with the results.
Focus on Whole Foods
Instead of worrying about everything you should be cutting out of your diet, focus on everything that you can add into it! Eating whole foods is an important part of changing your lifestyle for sustainable weight loss and optimal health. This is where you start to learn about nutrition and how certain foods (like processed macaroni and cheese) may be affecting you and your loved ones at home.
Even most affordable pasta sauces are laden with fat, sugar, and “natural flavors” that could mean a host of wild things. So when you focus on eating whole foods, try things like making your favorite packaged foods from scratch. Yes, this might be a little more time consuming than throwing your favorite frozen diet meal in the microwave for dinner, but you are well worth it.
For example, on a Tuesday night you can easily boil pasta and steam some veggies for a ten minute meal when you get home from work. Pair it with a red sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and mushrooms that you made last weekend to be used for the week.
You can create big pots of healthy soup to keep in the fridge for instance when time is tight. You can make your own baked goods and kale chips and store them for the week too. Slice up veggies and keep them in the fridge for snacks, maybe make a batch of INSERT DIP RECIPE HERE to keep near them. Don’t forget to keep plenty of fresh fruit in the house!
As you move through the process, eating a whole foods diet will become second nature. Once you start to see and feel the benefits of such an eating lifestyle, you won’t ever want to look back! A whole foods lifestyle makes sustainable weight loss effortless.