That moment when you realise that it’s time to do something about your weight.
It may happen when you’re looking in the mirror or standing on the scale.
Your first thought is to go on a ‘diet’ but as quickly as that enters your mind the ghosts of a hundred diets past return…along with all the frustration.
Then you wonder, why bother?
The weight will come back, as it always has. Then you’ll be back in front of the mirror as discouraged as ever.
The answer is not to go on another diet!
The answer is to change your lifestyle.
Making the Change. It’s time to lose your ‘all or nothing’ mentality. Embrace simple, small changes that will add up to big improvements in your lifestyle. Here are some considerations for change:
What You Eat. Let’s face it, most of the foods you eat aren’t the healthiest. Some are terrible (the burger and fries you had last week). While others are simply excessive (the snacks you eat while watching TV).
The solution to cleaning up your daily diet is NOT to go back on a ‘diet’. In fact, I never want you to go on a ‘diet’ again. (Yes, you heard me right!) Instead I want you to make permanent healthy changes to your eating habits.
Here are some practical examples:
✓ Choose salad over chips
✓ Don’t add butter to your food
✓ Eat fresh produce with every meal
✓ Purchase fat free dairy products
✓ Limit desserts to one per week
✓ Cut out mindless snacking
✓ Drink water, not fizzy sweetened beverages
I don’t expect you to eat a perfect diet every day of the week. You should, however, make MORE healthy choices every day than unhealthy ones.
How You Move. Exercise is a huge component to a healthy lifestyle, and your probably not getting enough of it. How often does an entire week go by without you ever lacing up your gym shoes? Or maybe you are already hitting the gym, but the rest of your day has little to no activity. Don’t disregard the importance and power of moving.
I understand how hard it is to find the motivation to stay consistent and to move more. Being more active is a no-brainer and if you’re struggling with the motivation to move more… I’m always here to get you started on a lifestyle enhancing programme.
Here are simple ways to move more:
✓ Watch less TV
✓ Stand up at work and stretch stiff muscles every day
✓ Play at the park with the kids
✓ Go for a walk/jog
✓ Do some press-ups every morning
While none of the above are meant as substitutes for a solid exercise routine, they are great ways to become more active and to improve your lifestyle.
Your lifestyle is the balance of all the choices that you make regarding your body. Swing the balance in your favour, make a majority of your choice’s health conscious.