Saturday, January 20, 2018

3 Aspects of a Healthy Way to Lose Weight – Part I

Given how much one’s appearance affects their self-esteem, quality of life, and a myriad of other factors, it is no wonder that people want to lose weight. Unfortunately, many will forsake a healthy way to lose weight in order to shed pounds as quickly as possible. For those who would rather take a more intelligent approach to changing their body, here are three areas that must be addressed. This is Part I in the series.

By “diet”, it is meant more along the lines of lifestyle as opposed to a particular weight loss program. How you eat is obviously going to have a substantial affect on your body composition. It is important to shift your entire lifestyle toward a more healthy approach to eating.

The problem is that most people get overly excited and try to make this shift overnight. They happily point out to all of their friends that they are eating a salad for dinner or that they ordered the grilled chicken instead of the fried. However, once the enthusiasm wears off, so does the effort to eat healthy.

The trick is to focus on two things – moderation and slowly changing your habits. The reality is that nearly everything is ok in moderation. This includes your favorite desserts that you feel you must avoid. It is absolutely fine to eat them as long as you do so on a less frequent basis.

Be aware that “moderation” is different for different foods. Moderation for one type of dessert may be excessive for another type.

When it comes to food, the only real thing to work diligently to eliminate are processed foods. These often contain chemicals and components that the body is unable to process and will contribute heavily to a person’s weight issues.

This is where slowly changing your habits comes into play. It is completely unrealistic to go from a diet comprised completely of fast food and microwave dinners to eating fresh unprocessed food. Additionally, if you’ve never liked eating salad chances are you’re not going to like it in the future. That is perfectly alright as long as you get your veggies in a fashion that you do like – preferably not deep fried. For example, the very same leafy greens in salad (spinach, arugula, and others) taste great when sautéed in olive oil and garlic!

Make a point of replacing one “bad-for-you food” with a tasty, healthy alternative every one or two weeks. Yes, there are plenty of tasty and healthy foods out there – you just need to find them. Make it fun by experimenting with something new!

By making the transition slowly, you will be more likely to stick with your new, healthy food choices. In fact, eventually you won’t even want the “bad-for-you food” any more.

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