Standing in front of a mirror, unhappy with the shape of your body, and wanting to change? Not content with your weight and dreading stepping on a scale after a long developed pattern of unhealthy eating? We’ve all been there. In fact, gaining unhealthy amounts of weight is a struggle over 65% of Americans deal with. You are not alone in your struggle, and you can overcome all the obstacles of your past with the right amounts of effort and consistency.
Getting the healthy body of your dreams is as much of a mental journey as it is physical. To achieve success, one must imagine the reality of it, believe in themselves and their abilities and then work hard to achieve all it is they want.
Weight loss is a combination of two different processes: a deficiency in your caloric intake coupled with an increase in physical activity. Simply put, by consuming lower calories than your daily requirement, your body will burn previously stored fat cells to release energy. The more of these fat cells burnt for energy regulation, the fewer of them you’ll have adding to your overall weight. While watching the calories you consume, it is of equal importance to get physical activity into your daily routine through various forms of exercise. When you exercise, your body burns fat cells to support and accommodate the extra energy needed to sustain a workout or any increased amount of physical activity.
So all you have to do is eat right and exercise well. Seems easy enough. Not quite.
The challenges to being consistent with your diet and exercise plans are many. We’ve all started diets thinking we’d keep them up and morph them into a lifestyle change only to quit within a week. It’s always devastating and a decrease in personal morale to go through a failed diet plan. Take your diet in daily doses, setting small goals for yourself. Once you come into the habit of fulfilling these goals, set larger milestones of weeks or months.
We’ve talked to many real people, who’ve lost large amounts of weight - and kept it off - to gather information on what they did to make it work; how they lost the weight without giving up.
Meal Prep: Prepare your meals for the week and stick to them instead of eating fast and unhealthy foods. The most important and effective method of making sure you eat well by eating healthy is through prepping your meals. How many times a week do you find yourself running late in the morning and so end up consuming unhealthy foods for breakfast? Tired at night and not feeling up to cooking a meal at home so you run out and grab some fat-filled fast food? It happens often enough for it to be taking a toll on your physical health, and it doesn’t have to be this way. While the allure of oil-drenched fries and juicy sodium packed burgers is tempting, you should keep in mind what these foods do to you once inside your body. By prepping your meals at the beginning of every week, you can reduce a significant amount of weight by just eating from home. Take it day by day. Rushing in and out of diets will not get you anywhere. Instead, sit down and plan out your week by writing down easy to make and delicious foods you would love to eat. Spend a day getting all your ingredients ready and cooking your meals. A days’ effort will result in a guaranteed improvement in eating patterns.
However, it can be time-consuming to purchase and prepare an entire week's worth of meals in one advance. That’s why we here at Bariatric Lifestyle Diet offer you ready to eat, one-stop delicious meals that have a nutritional content so great, you won’t expect to lose the weight.
- Increased Water Intake: Detox your body and make sure you’re hydrated so you don’t end up eating when all you are is thirsty. The consumption of water is of incredible importance to our body’s health and well-being. Staying hydrated flushes out harmful toxins from within your body and even helps you in feeling full, so you don’t overindulge in unnecessary calories. Many times, the pangs of hunger you feel are in actuality your body asking for hydration. Drinking ample amounts of water will prevent you from gaining unnecessary weight. However, water on its own can get boring. Add some delicious spice to your water intake through one of our many protein drink formulas, designed specifically to keep you hydrated while enriching your body with high-quality proteins.
- Work Out with a Friend: Make your workouts more effective and see greater results. Exercising on a regular basis keeps your mind and body fit. It’s required for strong muscle growth and maintenance, and yet can be a hard activity to make time for and motivate yourself to perform. Working out may not be the highlight of your day but you can definitely make it more enjoyable by working out with a friend. That’s why we recommend working out with a partner, someone you can easily talk to and who will motivate you to put your maximum efforts in. Studies have shown an increased likelihood of subjects losing weight while working out with a partner than those working out alone. We’ve compiled a workout guide just for you, to help you learn an assortment of targeted exercise routine designed to aid your weight-loss.
- Sleep: Sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) or full (leptin). When you don't get enough sleep, your level of ghrelin goes up and your level of leptin goes down. This makes you feel hungrier than when you're well-rested. Lack of sleep will only lead to unhealthy eating patterns created by a tired and discontent body. Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity as a study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the odds of becoming obese went up. Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity in other age groups as well. Sleep also affects how your body reacts to insulin, the hormone that controls your blood glucose (sugar) level. Sleep deficiency results in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.
Losing weight and keeping it off isn’t an overnight accomplishment. It takes ample amounts of hard-work, the belief that you can do it, and the drive to tread forward with strength. Through this constant strength and determination, you’ll be able to achieve the body you desire. Your body should always be healthy, not just in terms of how it looks, but also more importantly in terms of how it feels. Eating right, exercising, and getting required periods of rest are factors which will aid you towards your ultimate weight loss goals.