I just love when people ask me: “so, what do you do for a living?”
And I reply: “I’m a health coach”.
They look so confused.
“what is that?” They ask.
“Well, I help people to reach their health goals by teaching them about nutrition and also, by assessing their lifestyle habits, their beliefs and their behavior, we can find the reasons why they can’t overcome certain issues in their life. I show them how nutrition is not only about the food we eat, but how other factors are feeding our bodies in a good or bad way”.
“oh! That’s cool”. The confusion on their faces remains intact. “so, can you tell me how do I lose weight?” or “tell me, which is the best diet to lose these extra kgs. I’ve tried a million diets but nothing seems to work”
I have been having this conversation over and over again, so I have decided to write this post to explain why dieting doesn’t work and how losing weight is possible and it might be easier than you think!
Small Changes = Big Results
As you might have noticed, weight loss isn't a quick fix. You can't go on a two-week diet, lose the weight, and then think that the weight will stay off for good. Even if you're really good at following a diet at first, you'll more than likely regain that weight and you won’t be able to follow the same diet for a long time as they are extremely restrictive.
It's because a two-week diet does nothing to alter your lifestyle. The best results come from changes that you incorporate into your daily life, and many of these changes aren't drastically different from what you do now.
You can even continue to enjoy the foods you love as long as you do so with a wise plan!
If you make a series of small changes, one at a time, you'll give yourself a chance to get used to them. It won't seem like such a shock to your system when you introduce the changes gradually. Sooner than you think, you'll lose the weight and gain the healthy body and lifestyle that you desire!
Here are some weight loss tips to implement into your new lifestyle:
1. EATING NUTRIENT DENSE, WHOLE FOODS
Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook on life, and stabilizing your mood. If you learn which foods are most nutritious and how you can incorporate them into your regular diet you can benefit from feeling fuller for a longer period of time avoiding the unnecessary snacking on empty high-calorie meals. You will also get exactly what your body needs in order to function properly and most important, your brain will stay healthy and active as well.
2. START WALKING
If a regular exercise routine is difficult for you, strive to walk more often. Walking doesn't feel so much like true exercise, but it is and you'll be rewarded for it.
· Park farther from the store so you have to walk a little distance.
· Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
· Go for an enjoyable walk with your friend. You can visit, catch up, and exercise all at the same time!
3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE
Become part of a group of people who lift you up. You need to feel comfortable being your true self. Don’t waste any time and energy with people who drain you, those who always complain and put you down.
4. LOVE WHAT YOU DO, AND DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE EVERY DAY.
If you are in a job you hate or you are not satisfied with. It’s time to re think the reason why you are still there. Your time in this life is precious and if you are going to spend it all doing something that doesn’t bring you joy, then you are wasting your energy.
5. PRACTICE MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS AND GRATITUDE.
Studies have shown that practicing meditation and mindfulness help calming your mind and activating your parasympathetic nervous system. This system is in charge of all the natural involuntary processes of your body like breathing and digesting. When your body is at “rest”, it can spend its energy on doing these processes on a high-quality level. Opposite to that, if you are constantly stressed and in a “fight or flight” state, the energy in your body is redirected to put you in “alert” or “survival” mode. In this state your body can’t breathe normally, it can’t digest the food properly, even if you go to sleep, the body won’t restore itself as it is flooded with adrenaline. Always take a moment to breath in and breath out, to calm yourself down and to be conscious of your surroundings so your body can function properly.
Gratitude will help you to be being present and to appreciate your life as it is. This practice stimulates neuroplasticity in your brain so it can regenerate and slow down the aging process. (I will talk about this in a later post)
6. BE PRESENT. ENJOY THE HERE AND NOW.
The past is gone. The future is unknown. You have zero power over those two things. By living the present moment as it is, you avoid the stress of reviving the past and the anxiety of what the future might bring. Enjoy this moment, with the people you are with.
So, if you are still wondering how you can lose weight with those recommendations, you are not getting the whole picture. Unhealthy foods and lifestyle habits create stress and unnecessary drama in your life that will manifest throughout your body by producing hormones that make you sick and exhausted all the time. Losing weight is a holistic process that requires you to make changes not only in your food but in every aspect of your life so your body can always stay healthy and invigorated, not only when you follow a restrictive diet.