3 Ways To Increase Your Success At Weight loss
What does success at weight loss look like? How can you tell if you are successful or not? So far, I can tell you exactly how to fail at weight loss. For today I am going to tell you some of the mistakes I know I am making and hope you are not making them too. And if you are, that you fix it immediately. Of course, you don’t have to listen to me. But there are chances that if you don’t then you might keep making the same mistakes I am. Let’s face it. Most of us that know we are overweight, are miserable. Our clothes don’t fit, we cant breathe when we move and we are generally uncomfortable outdoors because of the people who are disrespectful to people who are overweight.
That is just a little of it. It doesn’t include the depression or other health concerns that come with being overweight. like diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol issues and much more. A lot of people end up on medication for mental issues which sometimes really are mental and emotional issues and sometimes its because our hormones and/or thyroid are no longer functioning properly which causes mental issues or helps doctors to misdiagnose the real issue. Many times no one knows what the real issue is until the overweight person gets tired and finds a way to lose the pounds.
It is difficult to be overweight
You might be saying something like,” If it’s so difficult why do fat people stay fat”?The reason for that is far more complicated than I can explain but I will put it this way. Being overweight is difficult but losing it is even more difficult. The amount of time it takes to lose weight successfully and keep it off is very long. It doesn’t come off overnight. Plus it takes a lifestyle change. When trying to lose weight, we need to change our eating habits and learn how to eat healthily. Not to mention, the facts we have about eating healthy are consistently changing. Plus there is always some new diet out there tempting us to try it out because of the time it takes to lose weight. Which is not helpful.
What it really does is let’s us down and makes us feel hopeless, driving home any depression present and often making us lose hope. When we lose hope some of us get our butts to the gym or do some exercise to try and counter those effects and others feel so down that they go do some emotional eating, thereby making it worse. It takes a lot of effort to keep going when we don’t see results. Which is why it takes a lifestyle change and not just some new diet. It takes us being consistently willing to learn how to take care of our bodies and do the research necessary to keep our efforts moving forward. This is why it is so difficult to have success at weight loss. How do I know all this? Because I go back and forth acting like one of these two people.
Some days I am super stoked and moving forward with my goals and other days I hit bottom asking why I’m trying at all. Every time one of my kids is sick I have to stay home. Not because I have to but because I want them well and feeling good too. But it puts a damper on my ability to get to the gym. Getting exercise helps with depression and makes me feel better about myself. AND my 2-year-old is not ready to let mommy dance by herself without wanting me to pick him up to do it too. Nor is he willing to try to do it next to me. We are working on that one. But there are some things I can do to help get myself out of it. Some things that will keep me moving forward and you too.
Read other people’s success stories
Reading someone else’s success story can help you have success at weight loss. What they provide are tips and sometimes hope that you can do it too. Those stories are everywhere. You can find them on social media and personal blogs that are committed to showing you how they lost weight. How they had success at weight loss. My favorite place to go and find stories is facebook and sparkpeople.com. That is my goal too. But so far all I’m showing you is how to fail. So, today I would like to give you some pointers. We read about these all the time. This is just your friendly reminder that you are not alone. Reach out for your success at weight loss.
Sometimes they have a special diet they followed or maybe foods they chose not to eat because they had more fat, or are known for keeping people fat. I read one person said they lost huge amounts of weight by not going out for fast food anymore. Our eating habits have a lot to do with whether or not we lose any weight. If we are overeating or emotional eating then we are putting more in our body than it needs. One way to overcome this is by recording everything you eat. I created a chart to help with this. But for myself, I think I need to have that chart sitting out in front of me. I get lazy and don’t fill it out. It is a helpful tool but only if you use it.
2. Which brings us to our eating and exercising habits
Have you heard the saying ” You are what you eat”? It is true. When we eat items that are unhealthy we feel unhealthy. At least I know I do. Many people try to cover up that feeling with other feel-good stuff like other foods or alcohol. Some unknowingly cover it with antidepressants. Why? Because they feel depressed. How many of us know that some of the stuff we eat isn’t really food but just a bunch of chemicals the country deemed safe. I’m not gonna go there but sometimes I think we should look more into what we are eating. I know I’m starting to.
If we are eating potato chips, fried foods, candy, and cakes all the time, then don’t expect to lose any weight. I know we all need a treat sometimes but every day or even several times a week is not good for us. Especially if we are trying to lose weight. I hear all the time people who cut sugar from there diet find themselves losing huge amounts of weight. Many of us are addicted to sugar. It’s in all our food. The best foods for those of us who are trying to lose weight are veggies, fruits, meats. But it’s more than that. We need to find the right ones to eat. Which is the hard part! I’m learning this as well.
Then there is also the exercising. It is necessary to do some kind of exercise. Our bodies were made for movement. Sitting in front of a TV or computer screen all day is not getting us movement. Frequent breaks from these activities will help tremendously. When I don’t get to the gym, I try to get in some squats and push-ups. It doesn’t seem to be working but that is because I have a lot of weight to lose and doing 10 squats and 20 push-ups are not enough to be able to see any results. Not a good way to have success at weight loss.
There is a lot to do with exercising. Cardio, weight training or sports. Have you noticed how those who play sports are not fat? They are muscular and lean depending on what sport they play. I love walking and running. Running is hard on my joints due to the amount of weight I’m currently carrying, so I walk. I did not know I liked running until I started doing it. Sometimes you just have to try something new. And sometimes you have to try it several times. When I walk every day it makes running or jogging easier. As well as more enjoyable.
3. Stay Hydrated
Getting enough fluids is so important. Our bodies need a way to get rid of toxins. Drinking enough water is one way the body accomplishes that. Specifically drinking water (over other fluids) helps clear our minds so we can think properly. As well as keeping us balanced both bodily, mentally and emotionally. When we don’t get enough of it there are dire consequences. Hydration is important because the body is comprised mostly of water, and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies really determines how most of our systems function, including nerves and muscles,” says Larry Kenney, Ph.D., a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State. More about this from WebMD.
The biggest thing to remember when trying to lose weight is to not give up. Even if you end up having a binge day. Don’t give up. If your feeling depressed and feel like quitting. Don’t. When your emotions hurt and the scale is lying to you again. Go for a walk, watch an exercise video or even call a friend or get online and talk to someone who is also struggling with this. We have enough people struggling with obesity today that you’re sure to find a kindred spirit out there. Being overweight is causing so many issues and there are so many people that one diet will work for and another will not, that one of them is sure to be going through exactly what you are. Wishing, hoping and praying for your success at weight loss.
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