Healthy Weight Loss
It’s that moment when you discover that after all your hard work, you have finally reached your goal weight! What an exciting moment that is. I congratulate you on reaching that goal that seemed so far away not too long ago.
Fighting Weight Gain
One of the biggest mistakes, if not the biggest, that I see many dieters do is to fall back to their old eating habits. This is certainly not good because these are the habits that put the unwanted weight on you in the first place. Your new body doesn’t require the higher number of calories that it once did. Adding several hundred to a thousand calories back into your diet will add unwanted pounds back onto your body.
When you make the decision to lose weight and do it, you do it for life. Jacqi, one of my clients, called it ‘..making the exception the rule.’ Crash diets just don’t work long term. A diet (weight management) that is long term is sensible and is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. This doesn’t mean that you can never have dessert or French fries. It means that you need to be aware of what you are eating.
Don’t be afraid to use the word “diet.” It doesn’t nor should it mean starvation or deprivation. I look at my diet as a group of eating strategies that work for me. They is neither excessive nor extreme, but rather, tailored with my nutritional needs and lifestyle in mind.
Dieting is knowledge-based – knowing what food is; what it is supposed to do, and how it makes you feel when you eat it. Dieting is power – the self-empowerment to choose the right food. It is the power to be kinder and gentler with yourself. Forget the media that seduces you to compulsively and guiltily starve yourself for some artificial perfection.
Weight management is about choosing the right foods and aligning your eating with your physical activity to maintain your new healthy weight. If you feel that you may be slipping back into the old habits, check yourself. Keeping a daily log of what you eat and drink may be helpful to get back on track. A daily log will show you when and where you’re eating healthily and when you’re not. The main thing is to be honest when you’re reporting to yourself so you can make changes if necessary.
Healthy Weight Loss
A basic math equation can help you figure out how many calories your body needs on a daily basis. This is the same equation you can find on my Weight Loss page which you can check out when you’re done here. Once you figure out how many calories you now need, you can still eat great tasting food that will keep your body looking and feeling great. If you have a day or two in which you splurge a little, that’s okay; just be sure to balance that overage by cutting back a little here and there the rest of the week and exercising regularly. Weight management doesn’t have to be hard.
Choosing Healthy Foods
There are yummy food preparation ideas everywhere: online, print media, tv! You can, of course, alter these recipes sometimes by just swopping out or even deleting certain ingredients to reduce the number of calories. This provides you with meals that are low in sugar, fat and in calories; all which can make you gain unnecessary weight. One of my favorite meals is Joe’s Special. Sometimes I prepare it with ground turkey or chicken instead of beef.
Please don’t be compulsive about weighing yourself. The number you see is only part of the story. I’ll talk about that in another post. However, when you’ve reached your weight goal, you may find that it takes a while for your body to settle into its new weight. This is all part of your personal body awareness, and being responsible for maintaining a healthy, fit body.