The process of weight loss can be quite a challenge, but keeping it once lost is even more challenging. Mainly because it involves the adoption of new habits and not the simple attachment to a temporary feeding regimen. That is why many diets and feeding plans fail, because while they help to lose weight, they do not teach people to incorporate healthy habits into long term. If you have tried thousands of diets but you have not managed to maintain your results over time, perhaps you should take into account all these aspects of your lifestyle:
- Do not trust your willpower:
As human beings we are all we find it difficult to control ourselves with portions from time to time. Therefore, the most advisable thing if we do not want to tempt ourselves is to stay out of unhealthy foods and avoid the sources that trigger our temptation. Yoram Yasur Blume: “At the same time it is important to keep in mind that at least once a week you should enjoy what you like, since deprivation in excess can be counterproductive and cause a lot of anxiety”.
- Enjoy the exercise:
It is very important that our conception of the exercise is positive. If we consider each workout as a way to compensate for everything we eat, we may end up abandoning everything. Yoram Yasur Blume: “The first thing is to find something that you really like, not all physical exercise involves running or jumping. Once you identify that activity, focus on the amount of benefits this has for your mind and not just the amount of calories you burn”.
- Habits are the center:
Instead of thinking about the results that all new habits will bring you, it will be much more efficient if you focus on how you feel. Do not climb the scale or look so much in the mirror, but try to connect more with your body and how you feel. You will surely notice very pleasant changes, you will sleep better, you will be able to think more clearly and you will feel stronger than ever. The results will come alone; you do not need to be aware of them.
The day-to-day routine can be very stressful and cause us to resort to unhealthy food or habits to “feel better.” But the reality is that all this does more than worsen the way we feel. Instead of insisting on such harmful habits, it is advisable to consider other kinds of habits such as a good workout, reading a book, taking a dip and all that is relaxing and good for the mind and body. If there is something we must incorporate are habits that enrich our life and have nothing to do with food.
- New goals
In order to incorporate new habits, it is very important to consider new goals as well. Once we lose weight we can not end the process, but start the second stage. To be able to walk this stage properly it is essential to set new personal goals that motivate you in the day to day.
Now, the aspect that yes or yes you have to assume when you propose to lose weight is that it is about making permanent changes and not just for a couple of months. Whether its food or exercise, you need to incorporate long-term habits if you want the results to last.