In a world driven by the media, it can be hard to ignore negative messages about weight-loss and the perfect body. Whether your reasons for weight-loss are for health reasons or to boost your self-esteem, it is possible to lose weight quickly and effectively, in a way that is healthy for your body. You should give consideration to the fact that fast weight loss can sometimes mean fast weight gain, so the best thing to do is to make a lifestyle change, rather than take on a fad diet. Below are five tips which can help you in achieving this.
5. Change the way you think about yourself.
In no circumstance should weight-loss make you feel badly about yourself. Considering we live in a society, where 1 in 5 of women will struggle with an eating disorder at some point of their life, we need to start treating ourselves better. Think of your body as your temple; you are going to be living with it for the rest of your life. You should treat it as a priority. In some circumstances this can mean talking more positively about yourself, and in others it can mean to stop smoking, cut down on drinking and to integrate more green leafy vegetables into your diet. Once you change your thinking, you can change your body.
4. Get active in your daily life.
Exercise can be especially daunting, especially if you don’t do it very often. Usually the hardest part is cardiovascular activity, as it requires a lot of aerobic respiration. Unfortunately, this is the best kind of exercise if you are looking to lose weight, as it increases your metabolism and burns a lot of calories. Instead of turning exercise into a chore, try thinking about it differently. If you are working full-time or are a stay-at-home mom, you are probably getting a lot of exercise anyway, unless you are sitting at a desk all day. Try taking the longer way to work, walking or cycling if possible, do some step-ups as you walk up the stairs and find other ways to integrate cardio into your daily routine. This will prevent you from feeling bored and gradually increase your metabolic rate.
3. Eat clean and green.
There are many diets out there which focus on calorie-restriction or elimination, mainly carbohydrates and fats. What many people fail to realise is that carbohydrates and fats are essential for our bodies to function properly and these diets cannot be maintained for a long period of time. This is why weight comes back when we stop dieting. If you are going to eliminate foods from your diet, it is better to eliminate processed foods and the wrong carbs and fats. For example, eat complex carbohydrates such as wholegrains, instead of simple carbohydrates such as white bread and sugars. Green vegetables provide a lot of nutrients and vitamins, while containing very little sugar or fat. Stockpile on these good foods and ditch the bad ones.
2. Put your health first
There are many benefits of not just weight-loss (this is merely a side-effect), but changing your diet and lifestyle. By introducing exercise, good food and food thoughts into your life, you can drastically improve your health. It has been scientifically proven that actions can decrease your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol. While you might be physically healthy, problems can appear later in life.
1. Drink water.
Our bodies are dependent on water and we should be drinking at least 2 liters per day, but many of us struggle with meeting this volume. Replace coffee, alcohol and fruit juice for water and you’ll find the weight sliding off. You can consume a lot of calories you didn’t even know about by drinking added sugar.