Losing weight is a struggle in many different ways. While it’s a challenge that directly relates to developing your body, it’s also a struggle that affects your brain and emotions. Tons of people successfully overcome all these challenges, but there are some that do not.
The latter often attempt to try something else and research for other methods that they feel might match their lifestyle and preferences. The problem is that there are just so many. Most people find themselves lost, constantly trying different fads, and eventually just giving up.
Luckily, there are some tips that not only work for almost every type of person, they’re also been backed up by science; aka doctors in several medical facilities and universities.
This piece of advice by Dr. Lawrence J. Appel, director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins University, should be the first thing that you do, in order to make sure you’re on the right track. You need to learn about the calories you consume in the food you eat every day, their nutritional factors, and just how bad some of them can be for your weight loss journey. By becoming more knowledgeable about nutrition and your health, you can stay away from toxic food and empty calories.
Commit To Your Weight Loss Journey
If there’s anything you’ll want to do after educating yourself, it’s to make sure your state of mind is ready for this change. It’s going to be difficult, it’s going to be huge, it’s going to be permanent. In order to make sure that you’ll be able to get through this, and make sure that the latter is going to happen, is to prepare your mind, and be willing to change on your own.
Get Your Support Group Ready
Okay, you don’t actually need one entire group. One friend or family member could be enough. Because even though you need to do this on your own and learn how to motivate yourself, having people go through the same journey and make the same changes really helps keep things positive and keeps each other motivated.
Say It With Me: Moderation
More often than not, it’s about how much you’re eating instead of what you’re eating. In fact, you can eat whatever it is you want to eat, as long as you eat it in moderation.
Create An Ideal Goal Weight
Associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Jaideep Behair says that you need to have realistic aims and a “psychologically happy weight. Having an unrealistic ideal weight can be impossible to reach for most people and that just makes people want to give up and feel depressed.
A popular diet method is “Calorie In, Calorie Out”. But it usually fails because it doesn’t take into account how different types of foods affect your health, metabolism, and hormones. Sometimes, CICO just focuses on how many calories are in the food that you eat in a day instead of how healthy the food that you eat in a day is.
It is entirely possible for you to think that you’ve done well because you stayed within your 1,200 calorie a day limit. But it isn’t really true since you mostly ate carbs, sweetened yogurt packs, and sugary drinks.
If you swear by CICO, be a little more lenient with the limit as you analyze the quality of the food that enters your body.
Keep Things Simple
You just have to understand that there isn’t some weird method or top secret hack to losing weight or being healthy. We just, unfortunately, live in a world where you are encouraged to eat more and do less. The opposite, though, isn’t how you fix things. You need to eat healthy food, better food, and do more physical activities that range from moderate to vigorous.
Watch what you eat and stay on your feet.
Say Goodbye To Soda
Dr. Dean Schillinger, chief of the University of California, San Francisco Division of General Internal Medicine, says in a weight loss article in Time “Avoid all sugary drinks, as they provide ‘empty calories’ that don’t fill you up. The sugar may uniquely act on the liver to produce belly fat.”
There are no more excuses that you’re allowed to make. A doctor has said it. Sugary drinks are the worse. You’ll still feel hungry, you’ll want more food, you’ll feel bloated, and adds to your calorie intake without doing anything for your health.
Janine Ryans is an insomniac who spends her time binge watching episodes and writing about issues that some shows cover. Her favorite topic that is often covered in shows is alcoholism. While it’s often portrayed in a light manner, she understands the gravity of this issue and so provides ton of content about it on http://www.addictions.com.