Eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep–pretty simple, right?
I wish it were that simple… Because even though you might be great in our area, you just continually mess up in another, and for me, it might be a totally different area that is an issue. Or we do great for two, six, eight months and then get right back to stupid stuff. So, when all is said and done, it’s really all about a lifestyle that is healthy and sustainable. And fun. Because no one wants to be serious all the time, or deprived.
~Can you have fun while staying healthy? Are week-ends undoing all the stuff you do during the week, because of too much drinking and eating junk? Time off work doesn’t have to be synonymous with calorie splurges or alcohol binges. It can include fun workout times with friends and cooking up some yummy and healthy stuff.
~What about exercise consistency? Sometimes, we are just too busy to fit that hour in at the gym. The problem is, that one exercise-free week quickly turns into two, then three weeks and then, you tell yourself, “what’s the point?” Let me remind you: (1) strength training builds lean muscle that fires up your metabolism so you burn more calories all day long (2) exercise releases happy hormones which make you happy (duh!) and help you stay stress-free and focused (3) exercise keeps you strong (4) like it or not, exercise is needed for weight control. Are you really “too busy” to include even a little exercise, a few times a week, or are your priorities elsewhere? Taking a 10-minute walk is way better than no exercise at all. Anything that gets your heart rate up and blood flowing is a good start.
~It’s easy to focus on the calories, but where these little monsters come from matters as well. Are these calories friends or foes? There is a huge difference between eating 400 calories of ice cream for lunch and enjoying a 400-calorie salad, loaded with leafy greens, beans, tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers. The green stuff will fill you up longer, and boost your protein, fiber, vitamin, mineral, and health-enhancing phytochemical intakes. Ice cream will leave you hungry pretty soon for the same number of calories. With high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, you’re more likely to overeat and less likely to meet your body’s nutritional needs, and that’s why you feel hungry–your body wants real food.
~But it wants food for real. If you starve yourself throughout the day, you don’t fuel your body and you will more than likely binge at night. On tp of the binging, because you did not get adequate nutrition all day, your metabolism slows down, making your energy levels low and weight loss even harder. You are better eating at regular intervals, keeping your energy high and your metabolism boosted while warding off hunger.
Forget the “diets” and start being real. And healthy. Every day.
It’s really that simple.