Is Your Lifestyle Satisfying Your Weight Loss Goals?
There is a growing trend among individuals who are trying to lose weight that places the focus on a total lifestyle change instead of dieting or rigorous exercise. Are you tired of watching your calories, only to be disappointed each time you weigh in?
In addition, you may still be spending hours working out at the gym until you drop. However, even with the effort, you exert in that area, you still do not have the results you want for your body.
Although we all know that fad diets don’t work, the average person looking to lose weight will go on some type of fad diet up to four times per year. Working out is crucial to feeling, and looking better, but it is not the only solution that you need. According to studies, the most effective way that can help you change or lose weight is to adopt a new lifestyle. The people who make these crucial lifestyle changes have been said to lose in excess of 60 pounds, and they manage to keep it off. This is their secret to success:
1. Eat smart. There is no secreting in calories. When you eat more calories than you burn off, your weight will increase. Having said this, it is not necessary to count each calorie; choosing lean and healthy foods in the first place will help you to ensure that you are consuming fewer calories than your body is using. Don’t eat portions that are too large and start to put lean proteins, vegetables, whole grains, and also fruits into what you eat each day.
2. Stay active.
Close to 90 percent of successful cases of those who lose weight embrace some change such as walking for one hour every day in their lifestyle. This exercise works wonders. No painful reps of difficult exercises; no expensive equipment or gym membership, just walking. Just being consistent with moderate exercise can pan out well for you.
3. Lean on a support system.
If the people around you support your effort, you will lose the excess weight. However, on the other side of things, if you surround yourself with individuals that don’t exercise and constantly eat junk food, you are set up to fail.
4. Sleeping properly. When you don’t get enough sleep that means you don’t produce enough insulin, and insulin is needed by your brain in order to regulate appetite. So, if you did not get enough rest, you will not be able to make a sound judgment around food. The regulation of your metabolism is also in part controlled by your insulin levels, which means if you get enough sleep, you will have more energy to exercise.
5. Documenting your progress. More powerful than any diet book or piece of gym equipment is the simple journal. You must list what you eat, the exercises you do every day and the results of the effort you put in. This will help you gauge your level of success. This helps you to keep yourself aware of how you’re doing and whether or not you’re engaging in bad habits that may not be working for you.
There are also patterns that can start to develop, which can be pinpointed with the use of a journal. Habits such as cheat meals and the timing of those meals on a weekly basis. The fact that weight loss individuals who record their habits for at least six days per week are likely to lose twice the amount of weight as those who do not keep a food journal, highlights the value of documenting your food intake. Food journals hold you accountable for what you put into your body.
A transformation of your whole lifestyle will help you lose weight, improve the quality of your life, add years to your lifespan, and help you become happier and satisfied with your life as a whole. While it may take a bit of an investment in terms of time and energy, you will slim down and keep that weight off over time. You know that your current actions aren’t working for you, so spend your lifestyle and watch the results you have always wanted to come flying your way.