We’ve all been there — staring proudly in the mirror at the new slim trim you, after shedding pounds on a weight loss program, only to be disgusted when you rebound, and put all of it back on again!
As a lifestyle and nutrition coach, I am often asked “what is the secret to lasting weight loss?” Over the years I have found there is not one answer to that question – in fact, there are at least 10 of them!
Here are 10 Insights into Lasting Weight Loss:
- Lifestyle Changes – One of the most important keys to long term weight-loss is to stop “dieting” and start living a healthy lifestyle. Edging in the healthy and edging out the unhealthy.
- Change Your Relationship With Food – No “emotional eating” we can work on a mindset of food being your source of nutrition and energy, and not stress relief etc.
- Read Labels and Get Serious About Nutrition – Just say no to a particular diet, or identifying as “a vegan,” a “paleo” or a this or a that, and just eat healthy natural, organic chemical free foods as much as possible.
- Stop Beating Yourself Up- If you want results that last, you need to free yourself from negative thinking and doubtful self-talk. You can do this, especially with unbiased support!
- Do Not Think You Have to Count Calories – Counting calories is important to first attain your weight loss goals, but do not think you will have to do that for every day, the rest of your life. Again, that turns people off, and they defeat themselves before they ever have a chance to hit their goals. Eventually, you will learn what you should and should not eat to help you maintain your weight, without having to count the calories of every meal.
- Do Not Forget to have Fun – Find ways to exercise, and eat right that are fun, and easy to do!
- Don’t Over Eat – That may sound like a no brainer, but you can “overeat” on healthy foods just as you can on junk! Keeping weight off is as simple as reducing your overall caloric intake every day, and being able to find the right minimum for your needs and lifestyle.
- Keep Moving – If you want to achieve permanent weight loss, and continued good health, you have to stay consistent with exercise. Your minimum activity, and what is the best type of exercise for you, will vary based on your age, metabolism, and genetic make up, but you are going to have to make regular exercise one of those long-term “lifestyle changes” discussed in Commandment One.
- Stay Hydrated – You have heard this plenty of times, but water is a key to losing weight and keeping it off. Water boosts your metabolism, helps to burn fat, and fight cravings, so have at least those proverbial “8 glasses a day.”
- Know Your “Why” – Identify your “Why.” “Why” it is that you wanted to lose weight in the first place? Whether the answer is to “get healthier,” “look better,” or “live longer” know it, write it down, and it hang in a place where you can be constantly reminded of it.
The “Eleventh” Commandment to Weight Loss
What it really all comes down to is, you have to embrace a healthy lifestyle, by eliminating the blocks that are keeping you stuck.
That means you do not have to always follow a super-strict plan, however you do need to commit to making healthy choices on a regular basis. It’s all about finding what works best for you, and a lifestyle and nutrition coach can help you do just that!