If you’ve ever been frustrated by the process of weight loss, believe me I know what it’s like. It’s almost laughable the amount of diets I’ve tried and the money I’ve spent on the process. While I regret a few of my methods, I definitely know they have added to my experience and allowed me to make better choices now. For me, my main problem wasn’t being able to lose weight – it was keeping it off! One of my biggest mistakes was not having an overall picture of the process, and that led me to short-sighted methods that weren’t exactly healthy. I imagine many of you have tried the same things, and it might be nice to know you aren’t alone.
For a long time I concentrated on food alone when it came to my weight loss efforts. I would think about how I could incorporate healthy elements while eliminating high calorie dishes. I would strategize about eating more fruits and vegetables or how I could replace my favorite snacks with “fat free” alternatives. But at the end of the day, I was missing out on one key component of weight loss – being as active as possible. Exercise is especially important when it comes to maintaining results because it can help your metabolism reach a whole new level. You can impact your overall body chemistry while building a muscle mass, and that’s one of the keys to being able to keep off weight.
I didn’t ask for help
I’m not sure if you’ve had this problem, but for me weight loss has always been something of a solitary effort. I suppose it has something to do with not wanting to be embarrassed by the fact I was overweight. But since turning to friends for help and consulting with my physician, I now realize how much easier it is with other people contributing to the process. Weight loss can be mentally and emotionally draining, and it’s a lot easier when you have good friends at your side carrying some of the burden.
My food strategy
There might never be a consensus over the most efficient food strategy that will yield good results. You’ll hear different pieces of advice from all types of sources, and one expert may claim something very different then another. For me, my initial food strategy was definitely unhealthy and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I skipped meals, starved myself, and neglecting major areas of nutrition. That’s definitely not the way to go even though your body might respond with weight loss initially. Today I am much better at balancing out what I eat while making sure that I have moderation in mind at the same time. One key thing that helps me to maintain better eating habits is making choices that I actually enjoy eating. I’m not as strict as I once was and I know I have more leeway thanks to exercising more. I really think you have to enjoy what you eat in order to stick with your plan.
Learning from mistakes
I am definitely not perfect and I learned a lot about myself with the process of weight loss. There is definitely an emotional component that I had to look at while reflecting on why I was overweight in the first place. I had some really bad eating habits that I had adopted since childhood, and sometimes I made things worse when I didn’t employ healthy diet methods. But one thing is clear and it’s a lesson I’ve learned through all of this – you can’t fool your body or nature. If you don’t aim for weight loss in a healthy way it will come to bite you back somehow in the future. I had to be honest with myself while asking if short-term weight loss was worth it, and when I finally started to put more effort into the process while doing things in a healthy way, I realized I didn’t want to compromise my body in the future.