It is not easy to follow a piece of chocolate cake with some of our top tips for losing weight, but it is a reality, temptation is everywhere. Want to know how to satisfy your soul while still keeping with your weight loss goals?
1. Plan for indulgence: The first Sunday of every month, set a calendar reminder to plan when you will celebrate. Look at the month ahead, the holidays, the birthdays, weddings, travel, in-town visitors, etc. and pick the couple of times you intend to indulge. Knowing what you have ahead will help you stay accountable when the unexpected temptation shows up at the office. If you know you are heading to your favorite restaurant in the coming weeks then walking away from mediocre office desserts is easier.
2. Diets don’t work: Restricting diets are often extreme “solutions”, steer us away from our common sense and can dip deeply into our wallets while eliciting few, if any, lasting results. We lose sight of what a diet actually is: our daily intake of food and drink for fuel. Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle. You can only last for so long by restricting your calorie intake or performing intense cardio before you crash or hit a plateau. Diets are short lived because they require discipline and restriction at levels unsustainable by a healthy human body. Diets may show results in the beginning, but research shows that almost all diets result in a 10-pound gain once off the diet. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed or weak. It’s simply because human beings are not meant to function this way.
3. It’s more than food: Ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances. In our fast-paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting.
Ruth Smith, Sage Wellness Co-Founder & Health Coach, specializes in working with clients who are ready to make lifestyle changes and lose weight. If you are serious this year about losing the weight and would like the support of a Health Coach to guide you in the process and get you to your goal faster, then email Ruth@sagewellnessla.com, to set up a consultation.