Taking a simpler and manageable path to weight loss brings about more success
Usually, we set about to lose weight because of multiple reasons. Maybe we can’t stand how tight our clothes are; Perhaps we don’t like how we look. But, on the other hand, it’s more about changing your health due to your doctor’s less-than-ideal diagnosis. Whatever the reason is, maintaining a healthy weight is essential for everyone — young, middle-aged and the elderly. Carrying too much weight can leave us with multiple health problems, — including compromising our mental health. Therefore, it is more beneficial to maintain a healthier weight on all fronts. Breaking down your long-term goals into smaller ones that are much more manageable — such as losing a couple of pounds per week, can lead to a much more realistic and sustainable journey. Although research proves that losing weight faster does not cause you to rebound, we must keep a few things in mind when having to lose a relatively large amount. It’s undoubtedly pleasing when the first few pounds drop off, and you can’t help but increase your enthusiasm. As you progress, it’s imperative to keep celebrating your wins every step along the way. It may be a kilogram or ten; every time you win, celebrate your commitment, sticking power and new habits starting to form out of your innate hard work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends reducing your caloric intake by 500 to 1000 calories daily. Another tactic they recommend is to stop focusing on the weight you lose and instead begin to focus on not gaining any weight lost back. Reinforcing the number you are currently at and then telling yourself that you will stay at that point. Grant Martin, an editor with the UAB Office of Public Relations and Marketing, participated in the state of Alabama’s Scale Back weight-loss contest on a team at UAB. He used this mindset to help him lose 16 pounds over a ten-week competition. That was six pounds more than the scale-back goal — excellent news. For Martin, weighing himself often helped to motivate him to eat well and maintain his exercise regime. Martin found this supported his goal and pushed the motivation even higher to keep going. A team helps provide support and positive reinforcement to push you forward continually. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have those around you supporting your weight loss goals- even if they do not share those goals. If you stop or fall short of reaching your goal, look at how much you have accomplished so far, so be encouraged by the effort to attain the place you are now. Being happy with what you currently have is important because we can always start working towards a new and rewarding goal at any time. So go easy on yourself and enjoy the process of self-discovery. In fact, why not take a leaf out of Grant’s book and make it into a competition with yourself? See how far you can go and how much you may transform your weight and life.
So, focus on those small wins, and allow yourself the grace when weight loss is either 2 kg or 15 kg. Be patient with your body, stay the course, and increase your positive re-enforcement muscle. You will get there in no time.
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