January; the time of the year when many of us will feel the need to make changes to our own lifestyles. Some decide to avoid alcohol for those first few weeks, some take up some exercise classes and for some of us the push is towards losing weight.
Whilst what we eat is an important factor in our weight; the truth is that just because you decide to eat “clean and healthy” you may not lose as much weight as you hope. Losing weight is not just about cutting calories, you should also look at your lifestyle as a whole.
Increasing your physical activity everyday can help; this doesn’t have to come in the form of a gym membership or a visit to a fitness class. Instead you could always get off the bus a stop at an earlier stop. Adding a daily walk to your regime is one of the best things you can do for your body.
You should also look at your own mental state. No-one can lose weight overnight and being aware of your own connections to food and exercise is just as important as what you eat.
It may sound cheesy, but one of the key factors to losing weight is learning to love your body no matter its shape or size.
Whilst losing weight can have a really positive impact on your life, the key is to learn to accept your body, despite some of its flaws.
Of course, having determination and focus on your goal weight or dress size is a great motivation but if you become so entrenched in this vision then when a mistake happens (and believe us it will) you are more likely to have a negative reaction and throw yourself off course of all the great work you have already done.
Trust more than your scales
Whilst the aim is essentially to drop lbs. you may find that there are more indicators of weight loss than scales alone.
The way you look in a mirror, the way you fit in your clothes and of course the way you feel are all great signs that you are on the right track to improving your body. You can compare 2 people of the same weight and see an entirely different body type and size, just make sure that you have realistic goals of weight that you can lose when considered against your own body type.
Finally, enjoy food
Food is never the enemy, in fact it should be seen as your friend. Never fear what you eat, embrace it. Even the best dieters deserve a treat every now and then; the importance is recognising when a treat is right and when perhaps you should have something else instead.