Need I say more? It’s definitely a very common topic nowadays, left and right all sorts of new ‘diets’ and workouts emerging and each promising to deliver a rapid weight loss, right? But the truth is you’re so confused and you don’t actually know what the heck suits you better. I mean should you go paleo, vegan, vegetarian, low carb, keto and so on? Is avocado good for you? Should you eat x amount of fat and protein? Should you go for yoga, Bootcamp, tap dancing, cross fit?
The honest truth is we are all different and our bodies have different needs and I cannot tell you what you should like or dislike nor I am here to tell you which one should you definitely go for.
I am here to tell you that in my experience (I too had my own struggles with weight loss) there’s no right or wrong answer and you should always listen to your body, fit exercise around your day and plan according to you schedule. And if you’re really confused about a certain, diet, food, programme just google some testimonials, reviews, and READ …like a lot…find out what could work. But if all that fails, find someone who can truly and genuinely help you.
My thing is HIIT & Yoga which work together with carb cycling or incorporating more good fats in my daily food intake. But that’s not to say the same will work for you or that you will enjoy it.
Being willing to change your eating habits and start exercising are a huge commitment and you should always do what makes your happy and feels fun. It is also crucial that you understand there is no magic pill for it and that the best thing you can do for yourself is to eat natural food and move your body. And slow progress where you learn to appreciate food, change your body and grow is so much better than yo-yo dieting.
I won’t keep you hanging…by now you want to know what secret this is.. I did say this it’s not what you thought it was. Are you ready? The secret is…*drum rolls* CONSISTENCY!
I bet you’re thinking “What is she on about?, How can this be?”
Well, my friend, truth is anything you do in life requires consistency. If you want to improve at something, take your business, for example, you would have to consistently do a set of things until you get some results. Usually, it means settling into a routine and then once you achieve your desired results, you set another goal and start again to practice consistency.
I know it can get boring, eating the same things again, exercising 3-4 times a week, missing social events, going to bed earlier cos you need your recovery sleep and so on.
But in reality you need to ask yourself these questions: If you do nothing about your health and weight loss now how is your life going to look in 5 years? Or in 10 years? Are you going to be 10-14 pounds heavier and how are you going to like that?
Don’t forget that as we age our hormones start to work differently (especially for us lucky women!), our muscular mass starts to decrease too, our metabolism slows down and in general weight loss starts to get just a bit more difficult. So why not start now and be CONSISTENT with your workouts and your healthy eating. I prefer not to use the word diet just because I think it can have negative connotations.
Here’s some of the things you should expect in your weight loss journey:
- a lot of planning and prepping
- sticking to a certain programme or routine that you actually enjoy and works for your (don’t forget to constantly challenge your body with new workouts and routines every 2-3 weeks)
- eating good sources of protein, good fats, unrefined carbs and making sure you get enough fiber, minerals, vitamins.
- Good quality sleep (anything between 7-9 hours a night)
- days or weeks when you will fall off the wagon here’s how to get back on it
- missing some social events
- going to social events with lots of food & drinks you’re not supposed to have
- Days when people close to you, won’t be supportive
- Days when you’ll feel like it’s not worth it and want to give up
If you’ve ever tried before to change your eating habits or exercise, you know that’s not always easy. This is why it’s important that you change your mindset and take small consistent steps to achieving your goals. One step at the time in the right direction is definitely better than no steps at all.
Most importantly don’t overwhelm yourself or stress about it, start small. And if you’re a tiny bit addicted to sugar and need a few tips to get you started, you should definitely read this.
Choose just one or two tips max (from here) and start to put them in action consistently for at least 2-3 weeks. Once you master those keep adding to your new routine.
And if you need any help, feel free to reach me here with any q’s you might have, I would love to help you! 🙂
Focus on the good,
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