You all know how the story goes.
I had a great Christmas, I was with friends and family and we had so much fun.
I conveniently forgot about my diet and over indulged.
Cakes, pies, candy and drinks I had them all.
Then came January and I suddenly realized that I had gained 5 extra pounds.
For the past 2 years, I have been trying to get rid of the extra 10 pounds that I am carrying around on my hips.
So here I was, weight loss New Year resolution on my mind and I had 15 pounds of excess weight to lose.
As I tied on my shoelaces and warmed up for my exercises, I strategized on my weight loss plan.
I gave my self 3 months to lose the weight and motivated with thoughts of a healthier me I took my first step.
Now it’s the second month and I still have 12 pounds to go.
Why is weight loss so HARD.
We all know that it’s very easy to gain weight.
All you have to do is eat all the unhealthy, but great tasting foods for a couple of weeks and your clothes feel tighter.
But losing weight seems like you are pushing a heavy rock up a mountain.
So how do you lose weight easily and fast?
There is no healthy way to lose weight fast. You can go on crash diets such as the Master cleanse and lost 10 pounds in ten days but you cannot maintain this weight loss.
Once you switch back to your regular dietary plan the weight comes rushing back.
So the right question should be: How do I lose weight efficiently?
Set goals: I guess I started off on the right note, I set a goal. The goal was to lose 15 pounds in 3 months but when you are setting goals it is also important to set realistic objectives. So was my objective realistic?
Lets see. On the average someone on a healthy weight loss plan should not aim to lose more than 1 pound a week. So in a month I should lose a maximum of 4 pounds and 12 pounds in 3 months. So my goal of losing 15 pounds in 3 months wasn’t realistic or healthy.
Portion control: in any weight loss plan what you eat matters. You cannot work out for an hour every day and consume a bowl of ice cream. You wont get any results. Weight loss is 80:20, this means 80 percent diet and 20 percent food so your diet matters a lot.
Aim to eat nourishing and healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats and legumes. Also remember portion control, some foods such as Avocadoes can be good for you but 1 averaged size avocado has 200 calories so portions are important.
Reduce your consumption of junk foods and drink lots of water to remain hydrated.
Don’t starve yourself: If you think you can starve your self slim then think again. Skipping on foods might initially yield weight loss results but after a while your body adapts and you stop burning calories. So skipping meals doesn’t work, instead of skipping meals try to consume fiber rich foods such as oatmeal that keeps you fuller for longer.
You exercise too much: I know you love the gym and thinking that if you spend more time there would help you lose more weight can be harmful.
When we exercise vigorously ligaments and tendons in our body tend to get stretched. If we don’t give our body time to recover between sessions we can get seriously injured and this can lead to the inability to exercise at all.
The body also has the ability to remember so if it gets used to constant exercises you tend to burn fewer calories over a period of time.
So though you might think you are helping yourself you might actually be doing more harm than good.
Stress eating: I am guilty of eating more when am stressed out. I have deadlines to meet and am also constantly hungry so I eat more. Stress management for your overall well-being, emotionally, physically and psychologically we need to unwind.
Something else is wrong: There are some people that cannot lose weight no matter how hard they try. Some people have health issues that cause them to gain weight no matter what they do.
Some of these health issues include Hypothyroidism and Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) .
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland which is found in the neck does not produce the right amount of hormones. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, constipation, weight gain, muscle weakness and thinning hair.
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder characterized by incomplete chromosomes in the genes of the patient. The symptoms of this disorder include lack of eye coordination, poor muscle tone. It causes insatiable appetite that leads to obesity.
Both these conditions are diagnosed by a Doctor so if you suspect that you have these condition consult a certified Physician.
So as I tie my shoelaces I take a deep breath, though it might be slow I would eventually reach my goal. Easy does it, slowly and steadily I would get there and it would make the victory even sweeter.
Photo by Stuart Miles. Published on 13 August 2014
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