We aren’t going to recommend a fad diet. We won’t tell you to run 3 miles every day. We are offering up some advice on how to lose weight in a way that works for you and always will.
Find Something You Enjoy
“Consistency is key.” We have all heard it before, and we know that it is true – and it pairs well with living a healthy lifestyle. How do you stay consistent? There are many ways, but one of the best is to find something that you actually like doing.
It is much easier to keep up with something if you have fun while doing it. That’s why so many diets and workout regimens fail and gym memberships go to waste. Or you try a crash diet, and you end up losing all the weight just to gain it back a few months later. That means you were going to the extreme in a way that does not fit into your lifestyle. So, what’s the solution? Find something you enjoy!
If you don’t like running. Don’t run. Walk. Dance. Cycle. Lift weights. Do HIIT. Swim. Or, change it up! The goal is to just move in a way that works for you, so you aren’t working for it so much. Make your workouts enjoyable and sustainable. If you have a busy schedule, maybe HIIT or Tabata at-home workouts are for you. There are many options for free online that are anywhere between 10-15 minutes long. It is certainly better than nothing! The point is: just move.
Change Your Eating Habits
Losing weight is simple: be in a calorie deficit. The easiest and most effective way to do this is to limit your intake of calories. However, you do not want to go too low or drastic, as that can have a negative impact on your metabolism. It’s best you consult with your doctor or a healthcare professional before starting any diet or change in nutrition.
Professionals at The Institute of Natural Health (INHSTL) and other establishments geared towards a healthy lifestyle can help assist you in your weight loss journey.
However, you can certainly make some minor changes today. A good rule of thumb is the 80/20 rule. The idea behind this is to make 80% of your food/drink choices healthy and 20% where you have more leniency with them. If you want to have a glass of wine with dinner, you could consider that your 20% of the day. Do you have a sweet tooth and love a piece of chocolate here and there? Use that as your 20%. Depriving yourself hardly ever works, and in line with what we talked about earlier, find something you enjoy and something you can be consistent with!
Don’t Go At It Alone!
There exist a plethora of people out there who are role models for a healthy lifestyle. They often share their own tips and tricks for how to remain consistent. Find these people, whether they are online or offline, and look to them for examples!
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, it all boils down to the commitment you make to yourself. Don’t set yourself up for failure, set yourself up for consistency. You are much more likely to work out if you look forward to it, which means being active in something you actually enjoy – even if that’s dancing around in your living room. Follow the 80/20 rule or 70/30 rule. Just make sure you are more health conscious with your consumption but don’t deprive yourself completely. Moderation is key.
Lastly, look for inspiration. On the days you don’t want to get out of bed or are falling behind and 80/20 is looking more like 20/80 – look to those you admire as healthy influences. But also keep in mind that some days at 20/80 is okay. Just get right back at it the next day. One day at a time, and remember you’ve got this! It’s the days in a row that count.
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