Many people struggle to lose weight and usually turn to “quick” or “easy” methods. The weight loss industry makes BILLIONS targeting a demographic that will buy their packaged foods and pills. But unless you have a medical condition, weight loss is actually quite easy. I didn’t say “fast” but I did say EASY!
I’ve read that men lose weight easier than women, so I’ll be speaking from a female perspective of what worked for me.
***NO EXCUSE-MAKERS PERMITTED BEYOND THIS POINT***
#1. COMMIT: Make up your mind that you are ready to commit and lose the weight. If you’re making excuses, you’re not ready. This is the first and most important step!
#2. TIME: It’s important to know that good, healthy results take time! Understand that there is no magic pill you can take to melt the fat away in 1 day. That kind of thinking is for lazy people! Long-term lifestyle changes take time. To increase the speed of weight loss, here is what you need to do;
#3. SUGAR: Stop it. Just stop it now. Today. I’m not talking about naturally occurring sugars in your fruits and vegetables – those kinds of sugars are fine. I’m talking about foods that have it as an additive such as candy, chocolate, packaged snacks, pastries, juice, pop, and even adding it to your coffee and/or tea. I don’t believe any doctor would dispute the advice of cutting sugar from your diet.
#4. BREAD, RICE, FRIES & PASTA: I’m not sure why people think they need to eat these every day. Yes, they’re delicious, but so is a succulent grilled chicken breast delicately laid over a bed of crispy, cool, fresh romaine. The flavour and food combinations are endless whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or carnivore’s galore! It’s easy to find delicious recipes to try and most restaurants cater to healthy eating!
#5. EXERCISE: Now, I’m not going to be a hypocrite with this one. I don’t work as much as I should. Sorry, just being honest. With cutting sugar, rice, pasta’s and bread, I lost 40 lbs within a 6-month period and kept it off, with very little exercise. The reason I put exercise on the list is because it’s a bit of a regret for me. I lost the 40 lbs, but then I had loose skin and wasn’t toned. I missed a good opportunity to lose weight AND tone AND build muscle all at the same time. So, I had to double-back when I could have done it all at once. So, I recommend working out. Just make sure you’re eating enough healthy calories to account for it.
I wanted to put a #6, but it kind of already fits into #1; CHEATING. It’s important that you DO NOT CHEAT FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST 6 MONTHS. Not even a bite! (Remember, I said no excuse-makers in this section! You’re not a baby! Don’t be a whiner! You can do it!)
I’d be a liar if I said I never had a cheat item, but I committed myself for an entire year before I cheated.
The reason it’s so important to have 100% commitment for at least the first 6 months is because (I can tell from experience) your mind is a powerful weapon that can work both for and against you. You may feel like you’re in full control, so you tell yourself that ‘just one bite’ of that slice of pizza isn’t a big deal. Then your mind says, “Well, I may as well finish it. It’s a small slice and I don’t want to waste food.” You still feel hungry, so your mind says, “I’ll just have another slice and make it a cheat meal. It will be a treat to myself for doing so well!” Next thing you know, that cheat meal turns into a cheat day. Then that cheat day turns into cheat days – plural! Then you completely derail and it’s almost impossible to get back on track after that point.
In the year that I committed, I had the best results. I used to be a choc-o-holic, but after kicking my sugar addiction, my achilles is now fries and potato chips. Since taking a bite of those things, I now cheat here and there with a small order of fries. The difference, however, is that I am now at a healthy weight and eat healthy 99% of the time! It’s important for a healthy eating lifestyle to be so deeply ingrained in you that you can bounce back more easily after indulging in a little treat. You don’t need a super-size to be satisfied anymore, and that 6 months of discipline has taught you to have self control. The key after the 6 months is that you can have a cheat ITEM, or one cheat MEAL, but don’t turn an entire day into a cheat day – you’re just asking for a relapse if you do that!
There is so much more that I do, such as eliminating dairy, but I wanted to keep this post as short as possible. My goal is to help you get started in the new direction, not talk your eyes out!
So, it’s time to make up your mind and decide whether you’re ready to commit to improving your health and shedding the excess weight. Keep in mind that healthy results take time. Don’t give up!
Weight loss and getting on track to a healthier you is mind over matter.
Your mind is yours to control.
My mind is mine to control.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and am sharing what worked for ME. Any dietary changes you choose to make, please consult your licensed medical practitioner