Losing weight is never easy — proof can be seen everywhere. Weight loss programs abound, from the television to the Internet. One of the biggest issues with any weight loss program that includes diets or pills is that once someone stops the program, the weight often jumps right back on again. That’s because diet plan users haven’t made the most necessary change, which is to balance their lifestyle. They continue to eat fast or prepackaged food, don’t exercise or do minimal physical activity, and don’t minimize stress, which is the perfect formula for weight gain.
Also, many people set unreachable goals for themselves on the basis of what society believes is the “perfect” body size and shape. When they can’t reach these goals, frustration sets in and weight gain is inevitable. In reality, being healthy is more important than being thin or being a specific shape. A healthy lifestyle can help a person attain reasonable weight loss goals and can help maintain that weight loss. The following are lifestyle changes that can help those seeking weight loss to become more healthy, balanced individuals.
1. Avoid quick weight loss plans. Certainly many of these programs have great success rates in the short term, but they can cause serious imbalances in your body due to forced, artificial means for weight loss. Imbalances can cause the body to gain weight even faster and make it harder to lose weight the next go around.
2. Eat well rounded meals. Our bodies need a variety of foods in order to get the correct amount of nutrients and minerals. The food pyramid is a great starting point, focusing on the proper balance of fruits, vegetables, dairy, complex carbohydrates, and meats that are low in fat. Completely cutting out sweets isn’t necessary, but these easy sugars should be kept to a minimum.
3. Eat small, frequent meals. Instead of three large meals a day, the body does better with a more spread out caloric intake. Five or six small munching sessions a day allows our bodies to use what they need as they need it, instead of getting a huge caloric intake in one sitting, which means putting some in storage. Stored calories means larger fat cells and increased weight.
4. Stop eating before bed. Our bodies slow down when we sleep. Our metabolism decreases and we don’t need as much energy. So stopping any caloric intake about three hours before going to sleep means that those calories will be used instead of stored.
5. Take vitamins and supplements. Almost no one gets the correct amount and variety of the necessary vitamins and minerals that our bodies need just from food. It takes a very disciplined diet to reach that goal. It’s easier to take supplements to augment the diet.
6. Drink water. Water is an amazing substance, not only keeping the body hydrated, but also flushing toxins and surplus compounds from our bodies.
7. Get regular exercise. Our bodies were made to be in motion. Exercise is a necessary part of healthy living, and some form of moderate daily exercise can improve physical as well as mental health and increase the chances for weight loss.
8. Lower stress. Stress has been pinpointed as the underlying culprit in a variety of medical problems. It would be nice to get rid of all causes of stress, but from a practical standpoint this is usually not feasible. Doing activities like that improve your mental outlook and maintain emotional balance can decrease the effects of stress on health.
Focus on Change
While few people disagree that being overweight is unhealthy, it can be even more unhealthy to ride the weight loss roller coaster. In order to maintain good health, society needs to focus on lifestyle changes. A lifestyle change can be difficult and inconvenient, but the reward is a balanced, healthy mind and body.
This article was supplied by Michelle O’Leary from Constant Content.