Simple ways to lose weight and keep it off, finally. You’ve likely heard this promise a million times before, often relating to specific exercise programs and strict food plan – and I bet you’ve even tried many of them. The problem is if they work at all, the results are short lived before the pounds find their way back to you – rapidly, usually. So, why is that?
There is an essential missing piece of the puzzle, and without that piece, you’ll stay stuck on the hamster wheel of meal plans that aren’t sustainable. The missing piece is quite simple – you have to start with the basics. There’s a lot of work to do first and foremost with changing your intentions and shifting your mindset before the real results come to stay.
It’s difficult to stay motivated when the only goal you have in mind is an incredible beach bod. That may sound funny, but truthfully -- it’s not enough to keep you going. When you don’t attain that goal quickly enough, or you miss your workout two days in a row, you’ll be ready to throw in the towel. Because just wanting a beach body is not enough.
Does that sound familiar? You’re incredibly motivated in the beginning, but results don’t show up fast enough, so you drop the entire idea. To break this cycle, you need to find a different reason for wanting to change. Your intentions for this need to come from the desire to treat your body well, live a healthy, long life – and a love for your own body, instead of a fear of it. (Yikes, that’s a hard one, right?)
The foundations must be in place for lasting change to grow and stay. You must learn to love yourself – right this moment, just as you are. Through this love, you will desire to eat healthily and move to nourish the body you have (and love). Punishing yourself by eating strict foods you don’t enjoy, or working yourself crazy at the gym, is not a healthy or sustainable way of approaching your journey to health.
Lastly, start with baby steps. Start with one, small step that you can compound on. Ditch the soda and replace it with water, for example. Do this for one week, and next week, choose another simple step to add. Before long, all of your unhealthy habits will be replaced with new, healthy ones… and you’ll be on your way to lasting change – once and for all.
What's stirring in your mind right now after reading this?
Wendy Humphris, ROHP
I’m a holistic nutritionist and I transform health for a living.