Every New Year brings about its New Year’s resolutions, and 2018 is no different.
Suddenly everyone wakes up from their holiday-food-induced-coma and realize that a new year is upon them and they need to lose weight fast! Yikes!
We’ve all been there. Which diet should you choose? Which promises to give the fastest results? Should you follow the low carb, high protein, a detox diet or liquid and cabbage soup diet?
When it comes to weight loss, you have to remember that fad diets exist for one reason – to make you lose weight fast but at a price.
You can lose anywhere from 5-20 lbs in the first month of a fad diet but be careful!
Statistics show that most people put this weight back on and then some within the first 12 months.
Do you really want to keep yo-yo dieting? Or are you looking for a more permanent solution to lose weight?
Losing weight is not easy. Let’s be honest about that. However, it doesn’t have to be a painful experience.
If you change just a few simple things about your diet you could stand to shed several pounds in a relatively short period of time.
4 Simple Rules
Remember, if you wanted to give your body and mind a gentle kick of motivation, natural diet pills can help as well. But for now, let’s focus on 4 simple rules that can help you lose weight and keep it off?
#1 – Stay away from processed foods
These foods are full of high fructose corn syrup, salt and chemical additives that can cause weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and cancer. Even frozen meals that are advocated by some other weight loss programs are included.
Processed foods taste bad and aren’t worth the health risk for the convenience of nuking your food in the mircowave.
#2 – Avoid sugar
Sugar has no fat, but is loaded in calories. Be careful when using even the smallest amounts of sugar to sweeten your foods and beverages because these calories can build up and destroy your weight loss efforts.
Reprogram your mind to not need so much sweetness in your diet. Think about doing a detox diet to clear your system and start your diet from scratch without the sugar cravings.
#3 – Remember You need to Eat!
The body has wisdom – listen to it. If you’re hungry all the time, you are probably not eating enough food to fuel your body.
If you don’t eat enough, your body will hold on to stored fat instead of burning it off.
It is a common misconception that to lose weight you must drastically lower your caloric intake.
All this does is put your body in starvation mode – which slows your metabolism down.
#4 – Drink water
Water is so important because it not only hydrates your body and helps to keep you feel full, but it also helps to metabolize fat and eliminate toxins.
If you commit to these 4 simple rules, I guarantee you will see some weight loss results.
Many of us don’t realise how much processed foods and sugar we consume, how we sabotage our diets by eating too little, or not hydrating ourselves properly.
Adhereing to these simple rules will not only make you feel better, you will also make you look better.
Of course, what weight loss advice exists without exercise?
Adhering to a healthy diet is great, but you will also need to eventually adopt a simple exercise routine that fits your personality and lifestyle in order to build muscle and therefore keep your metabolism high.
Exercise has many benefits including detoxifying the body through sweating, positive self-esteem through endorphin release, and social support through friends that work out with you.
Ideally you should do a combination of cardio and some weight training. Weight training doesn’t have to be with weights!
For me, I like the balance of running coupled with yoga.
Yoga is great for all fitness levels because it is very gentle and slow.
Overtime you’ll be amazed at how flexible, strong, and sculpted you’ll be! Plus it is a great stress reliever. But, you just have to find an exercise routine that is right for you.
When you make up your mind that you want to lose weight, setting up an exercise routine when you had the activity of a couch potato can seem a bit daunting. But the trick is to be consistent.
Soon you will form a habit of exercise and your mind and body will get used to it. Half of losing weight is your mind-set, so make sure you take the time for positive thinking and goal setting.
It’s About Your Mind, Body, and Soul
I remember when I was younger and I just wanted a quick way to lose weight fast.
It was so frustrating because I didn’t want to wait for the pounds to melt off, I just wanted to wake up the next morning and be 20lbs lighter.
Unfortunately there is some work involved but it doesn’t have to be painful.
Remember, you only have one body – so take care of it! Natural weight loss requires your mind, body and soul to be in synch and want the same outcome for the best results.
There will be set-backs, that of course is normal, but don’t lose sight of the end goal!
Everyone deserves to be healthy, lean, and naturally beautiful!