If weight loss is your goal and you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. Losing weight can seem very tough. Weight loss requires lifestyle changes (no matter how much we all might wish for quick answers). It requires work, adaptability, and a whole lot of patience. There’s so much that goes into it. A holistic approach is necessary for success, which is measured in how you feel, not what a scale says. It includes setting thoughtful goals, looking at your physical activity levels, adopting healthy eating habits, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and being cognizant of confounding factors that may be outside your control, such as health issues or hormones. Sometimes you feel like you’re doing everything right, yet still not getting results.
In spite of all the hype around various diets, the key is to choose a dietary approach that fits easily into your lifestyle while providing appropriate nourishment. The best thing to do is to slowly change your habits and build sustainable, healthy eating patterns over time.
Slow and steady weight loss is the way to go, as you’ll be much more likely to keep that weight off in the long run.
Keep up with your healthy habits—eating healthfully, maintaining consistent physical activity, managing stressors, and sleeping well, it’s important not to just forego your new lifestyle because you reached a weight goal. Adjust your expectations to a more realistic and modest goal, such as a 10% drop in weight in one year. This can help prevent you from getting discouraged and improve your chances for success. Focus on looking forward and give yourself pep talks to stay motivated.
At the end of the day, the underlying goal is to feel better—physically, mentally, emotionally, however you define it. That’s what you’re working so hard towards.
So Stay Motivated and Stay Healthy ! ! !