Things I’ve learned about weight loss
Despite the fact that this has been the most requested topic on my blog I try to avoid it because… Well, firstly I’m not a fitness entrepreneur, dietitian and/or a nutritionist. Secondly what I know is what I’ve learned from my own experiences/experimentations, and what works for me isn’t necessarily going to work for everyone else. Thirdly it’s my personal choice to live/eat a certain way without being labeled in to a certain category. Plus weight is such a sensitive topic, and as much as I wanna encourage people to lead a better and healthier lifestyle, I don’t wanna make anyone feel that “they need to lose weight”. It’s just not the right way to go about things. The first and most important thing that I’ve learned is, to be stuck in the mindset of “I need to lose weight” or the pressure of “I need to look a certain way” is toxic and consumes you from within. Make sure you’re doing it for yourself and not for someone else, and don’t be your own worst critic. Since I’m not blessed with the body that stays lean or bounces back from a pregnancy on it’s own(if anything it’s the complete opposite of that), these are the things that have been working for me.
You don’t need to starve yourself, you need to nourish yourself
My views on losing/maintaining weight are totally changed now. A lot of people (including my old-self) think that calorie restriction is the way to go. While it does work, oh it absolutely does work, it has worked for me in the past. But, it causes “yo-yo weight”. You lose weight and then you gain it back the second you go off track. And it’s a circle of disappointment. Eating less, or calorie restricting yourself is not a permanent or healthy way to lose weight. Nourish your body with healthy foods. Eat fruits, veggies and wholesome food, instead of overcooked/junk food.
You don’t need to lose weight, you need to be healthy
This changes everything. Once you get past “I need to lose weight”, and reach “I need to be healthy” it’s a whole lot easier to get fit. Once you start making healthy choices and provide your body with what it actually needs, your body functions better, you feel more energetic and your body is not burdened with the innutritious, hard to process food. For Example, replace your pb&j sandwich or breakfast cereal or bagel and cheese or prattha anda, whatever you eat in the morning with an apple and oatmeal or banana and an avacado sandwich or Quinoa salad. Options are endless, just make healthy choices and opt for wholesome and easy to digest foods.
You don’t need a crash diet, you need a life style change
Crash diets are the worst. You’re only putting your body through trauma, which cause your body to go in survival mode,where it stores the fat, instead of burning it. In the beginning the weight you lose with the crash diets is not in body fat, but protein/water weight. Our body is designed to hold on to fat when it goes to survival mode. Those crash diets cause a lot more harm to your body than you think. They not only make you feel famish and tired but also slow down your metabolism. Instead of opting for desperate and temporary solutions, work on your lifestyle. Invest the will and energy that you’re going to waste on a temporary solution on changing your lifestyle for better.
You don’t need to hit the gym, you just need to be more active
Exercising is not always about going to the gym. Anything that pumps up your heart-beat is exercise. I force myself to be more active and do things on my own, which not only keeps me busy but also super active. Going to the gym is not the only way to get your workouts down. You can dance to your favorite tunes, get a zumba CD, simply search for HIIT workouts on youtube, do a half an hour of roping session, all in the privacy of your very own home. Whatever makes you happy and works for you. Just be more active. Switch your “I’ll do it later” attitude to, “I’m gonna do it now”.
You don’t need to deprive yourself, you need to reward yourself
When you tell yourself you can’t have something, all of a sudden it becomes something you really want. It’s human nature. Just because you’re trying to make healthier choices to achieve your goals doesn’t mean you need to deprive yourself of anything you want to indulge in. All you need is to reward yourself. Let’s say if you make healthy choices the whole week you get a cheat meal on weekend, or if you make healthy choices through out the day you’ll get a treat at the end of the day. It can be a piece of cake or a slice of pizza doesn’t matter. Don’t fully deprive yourself, or else you’ll binge, and you’ll binge bad. For me personally, I don’t tell myself I can’t have it, I can eat whatever I want, and whenever I want. I tell myself I don’t want it. It totally changes everything. When I decide I don’t want it, it’s my decision and I’m not forced to do it. So the urge to indulge is not too strong.
These’re all the things that really work for me. I feel good from the inside and out. I encourage you to make healthy choices and free yourself from the burden of losing weight. It’s really about lifestyle change. There’s no elevator to weight-loss/fitness, you have to take the stairs, step by step, metaphorically and literally. I absolutely understand why someone would feel the pressure to lose weight, especially in today’s day and age, where people are so careless with their words and actions and media has declared their own standards of a “perfect body image”. Strive for a healthy body, not the “perfect body image” that media is shoving down your throat. Remember, God has created us all, and God doesn’t create junk. You’re beautiful in your own way.
I hope you find this post helpful.