Losing weight is a challenging process, with ‘process’ being a key word here. It’s not something you can do two or three times a year and hope for great results. It’s not about binging for months and trying to make up for it with a new-aged diet you found online, which promises amazing and magical results. It just doesn’t work like this. If you wish to lose weight effectively and permanently, without the dreaded yo-yo effect, you have to realise that it isn’t about eating or not eating certain foods for the time being – but rather a lifelong commitment to prioritize your health and well-being. It is about designing a lifestyle that combines eating healthy and staying in good shape with the use of enjoyable and consistent exercise.
According to our Hernando Beach Dietitian, only after changing your approach to food and dieting will you be able to achieve – and sustain – your dream weight. Here are a couple of tips from our Spring Hill weight loss specialist to help you stay on track:
Develop new habits
What you do on a daily basis becomes your reality. Try to develop and stick to healthy habits for at least 3 weeks (it takes 21 days to effectively develop a new habit) – whether it’s starting a day with a breakfast or drinking two litres of water each day. Habits and routines will take you through tougher times when your strong will needs a little support.
Stick to a 3-meal-2-snack-plan
Try not to go more than 3 hours without having anything to eat. That way you won’t allow your sugar levels to drop abruptly, perhaps causing ravenous hunger. 3 meals and 2 snacks at consistent times is a simple yet reliable way to go.
Find ways to exercise
You really don’t have to spend 2 hours at the gym each day. Just alter some of your habits and see the big change in the way you look and feel. It can be as easy as going on foot instead of driving or taking a lunch to go and having a walk around the neighborhood instead of sitting in the cafeteria.
Cook at home
Ready-made meals and fast-food restaurants meals are often high in salt, sugar and saturated fats. When you cook yourself, you know exactly of what goes into your food and you take full control of what you put in your body.
Clean out your pantry
Get rid of all sweets and salty goods lying around your kitchen cupboards and fill them out with healthy options instead. Having dried fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks handy will make all the difference in the way you snack in between the meals.
If you want to lose weight and you’re struggling with developing a new healthy lifestyle for yourself, our Hernando Beach, Spring Hill and Hudson Dietitian is here to help you. If you want to find out how you can lose weight with as little effort and sacrifice as possible, Contact Us and make an appointment with our Registered Dietitian today.