The word "dieting" is typically associated with so many negative things.
Most of the time, “dieting” means going to extreme measures in an effort to lose weight. This can be crash diets, diet pills, cleanses, or simply skipping meals. Some people end up getting results. HOWEVER, these results usually don't last and, before they know it, they are repeating the same steps as before.
This used to be me.
Every time I would find myself heavier than I wanted to be, I would go on a "diet". This diet would usually consist of skipping breakfast and only eating fruits and vegetables for days on end. Sure, I would lose a few pounds MAYBE, if I could keep this routine up for longer than a week. Oh, and the kicker is that I usually wouldn't even exercise.
I had the mindset of wanting to lose the weight quickly, but not necessarily wanting to put forth the effort needed to be successful in doing so. The end result was that I absolutely ruined my metabolism for many years. Dropping even 3 pounds was literally the hardest thing ever. It was frustrating for me but after several years of this type of "dieting", I realized that there was a key reason to why it wasn't even working.
I was actually HURTING my body.
I have helped dozens of women realize that this is NOT the way to go about changing your health. If you want to make, and see, long term changes, you absolutely HAVE to put in the effort.
If there is one thing I have learned in my health and fitness journey it's that sometimes you have to fail a few times (just like at anything else) before you realize the right way of doing things.
Small changes do in fact compound bigger and better results over time. You just have to learn to have patience. We live in a world where we are always on the go. We have anything and everything available at our fingertips.
Fitness and health are not easy. If you want to get healthy, you have to be willing to make the changes to get those results. They won't happen overnight no matter how badly you want it to. Believe me, I wanted SO BADLY to lose 5 pounds overnight! But, just like life doesn't work that way, neither does losing weight.
If you learn to fuel your body to live, and you will start to look better and feel better, too.
When people first decide to do a complete overhaul on their health, they often change about ten things at once, versus taking it one step at a time. I am guilty of doing this myself and each time I would fail. Did I mention that I kept failing?
If you are reading this, you may have already decided to make a health change. Here are a few steps to get you started.
*Start small. I mean that. START SMALL! Make a list of some things that you are wanting to change about your life. Then pick 3 items from that list and make that your first set of goals that you want to accomplish. Every time you crush a goal, go back to your list and pick a new one to conquer.
*Do NOT weigh yourself every single day. I don’t even recommend weighing yourself weekly. I find it to be very discouraging and inaccurate at times because our weight fluctuates from day to day, no matter what. When I began my weight loss journey, I weighed in every two weeks. I purposely didn’t own a scale so I would not be tempted to check it every day.
*Throw out any junk food that is in your house! If you want to eat better, you have to surround yourself with healthier food options. Do not leave anything in the house that might tempt you from your fitness goals.
*Meal plan! There are plenty of easy ways to do this even if you are crunched for time. Plan meals that will give you leftovers for the week. Utilize that slow cooker and if you don’t have one, GET ONE! It is such a time saver.
*Exercise at least three times a week. This is the tough part. If the gym intimidates you, start walking around the neighborhood or park. If you find something you enjoy, the chances of you sticking to it are much greater.
Diet and exercise is an ongoing battle for a lot of people. You have to figure out by trial and error just what will work for you. Do not worry about failing. Put it in your mind right now that you will succeed at it no matter what.
I believe in you. Now it’s time to believe in yourself.