When people feel frustrated with their weight or are faced with health issues that are worsen by their weight, they tend to make goals that are ‘all or nothing’. Typically, this avenue of pursuit doesn’t end with you achieving your weight goal.
If you were making decisions involving a business, you would never decide to set goals that could not be attained; why do it with your weight?
A more realistic, doable course of action for your weight is better.
There are a lot of changes that can be made to improve your weight and health:
Ditch soda for quenching and refreshing choices
such as fruit/herb infused water, or brewed and chilled green tea. I use lemon green tea, apple spice tea and dandelion tea (to soothe tummy troubles). I brew all three in a mug. Cool and add to 32 ounces of water. A squeeze of fresh lemon is wonderful as well.
Eat the foods you like, but tweak them over time toward lower salt, fat and sugar.
This mindset allows you not to feel deprived and forced to eat foods you don’t like. Portion control and frequency of consumption are important if you want to see your weight drop. Over time, you will see your attraction to fried, over salted and sugary items reduce along with your weight.
Eat at home more than you eat out.
Between the dreaded (but delicious) bread basket and not being in control of the ingredients or process of cooking, eating in restaurants can hinder your weight goals. Cooking at home gives you the opportunity to try new recipes and to be in control of fats and ingredients.
Take a cooking class, watch healthy cooking ideas on FoodNetwork, or visit my healthy food boards on Pinterest
Ignite a passion for flavorful, energizing foods. Many find using a healthy meal delivery service such as Hello Fresh delivers diet-conscious dinners for $11.50 per portion to your door for you to cook.
Make sure your plate is 1/2 full of veggies, 1/4 protein (non meat varieties work well), and 1/4 full of complex carbs (quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes, etc.) at meals.
Fresh fruit versus fruit juice is an easy change.
Snacking mid afternoon helps you avoid vending machines and drive thru windows.
I enjoy cottage cheese, 15 almonds with a string cheese, apples and a slice of sharp cheddar, Greek yogurt, or 2 hard boiled eggs and find them very satisfying.
Get your rest.
A lack of sleep can raise your cortisol levels (fight or flight hormone), which can lead to belly fat. Evaluate your bedtime rituals if you have trouble falling asleep.
- Disengage from electronics
- educe stress with a bath or
- reading all help signal that your brain needs to disengage and rest
Laughing and Gratitude
It may seem irrelevant, but laughing and being grateful can effect your weight. A constant state of stress and depression can keep you stuck at your weight. Look at what improves your mood, or ask for help if needed.
Being unhappy with your weight can be a vicious cycle of binge eating, rollercoaster weight loss and general unhappiness. Let’s work together to find a more permanent, health-oriented way.