Terri’s View: We’ve all heard it before: losing the extra weight for good means lifestyle changes and modifying your relationship with food. Diets don’t work - at least not in the long term. You may lose some weight but real success is measured by your ability to keep the weight off. And to do that you need to adjust your everyday life.
What are some good habits that can help make you successful? First off, getting healthy and choosing to make a change is a conscious effort. It requires energy, thought and planning. Plan to be successful. Plan to put exercise into your day. Plan your meals ahead and plan what you will be eating when dining out as most restaurants offer online menus with calorie data. Planning foods and exercise ahead of time will put you in control and give you a sense of power that you alone determine your success.
Learn portion control and how to say no. Learn to pick your cheats and make it worth it. Cutting out a whole food group or drastic diets are not going to give you a permanent solution. Learning to eat real foods in smaller portions is the answer for long term success. Everything in moderation.
Don’t let yourself get too hungry. Start your day with a healthy breakfast and keep your metabolism working all day long. Always carry a bottled water and some healthy snacks so you don’t let yourself get into a situation where you may be tempted just to eat the first thing you see.
There are so many habits I could list but I am sure you have heard most of them before. This is because they are true! There is no magic bullet or pill that is going to shed the pounds. The best habit I could suggest is to invest in yourself. You are worth the extra effort and are worth taking the energy to look and feel your best.
Ed’s View: If you’re hungry, eat. Sometimes we find ourselves so busy with work and life we sometimes forget the simple things, like eating. While food can be, for some of us, a big challenge, it is necessary for us to live. Some people get satisfaction from skipping a meal. They think they are getting themselves closer to their goal. And maybe they will lose some additional weight. But in the long run they are setting yourself up to fail.
Making a lifestyle change means we need to change bad habits and create solid new habits - skipping a meal is just creating another bad habit.
You can try to trick your body but your body has a few fail-safes to help fuel itself. For example: a pure protein diet will trick the body into a starvation mode and the forces the body to feed off of fat reserves. You’ll lose weight but you’ve also created two problems: first of all, you have not learned to eat properly. Secondly, your body will start to store fats again because it doesn’t want to starve.
You may have lost 20 or 30 pounds but you probably will be gaining the weight lost and maybe a few extra pounds when you re-introduce carbs. Teaching yourself to eat multiple smaller meals will help your body burn. Eating smaller meals and the right balance of food will help you lose weight. It may happen at a slower pace but you will have a better chance of keeping the weight off. You’ll also have more energy if you lose weight properly and not by starving yourself.
Be sure to take some vitamins as well. Your body will also do its own regulating - only taking what it needs and flushing the rest out of your system. Like the doctor says, trying to lose weight requires both diet and exercise. If you really want something badly enough you can and will make the adjustments you need.