Tackling the process of losing weight can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task. Whether it be 20, 40, 60, or 100+ pounds you’re itching to get rid of, crossing the initial hurdle can likely be the most difficult aspect to get past.
In order to lose weight in a healthy way, some definite changes in your lifestyle will need to occur. Unfortunately most people do not enjoy change. Our minds and our bodies conflict with the very thought of change. In regards to weight loss, our bodies will definitely put up a fight to try and keep things the way they currently are.
Why is that?
When a person is overweight, it’s generally the result of inactivity (lack of exercise) in conjunction with months or possibly years of indulging in unhealthy eating habits. Once the body has been living in this manner for a prolonged period of time, it has become comfortable with this way of life. It enjoys the hours spent on the couch eating ice cream and bags of potato chips. It looks forward to the greasy bacon cheeseburger, french fries, and soda. It would much rather lay down and watch a movie instead of going outside to run for an hour or more.
Why would the body want to change from this manner of living? It’s comfortable. Similar to the individual on a vacation in Hawaii. When given a choice to either stay on that tropical island or return to a 9-5 job in the city, most would stay on the vacation as long as possible.
Unfortunately, this “vacation” style of living has repercussions and in this case it is in the form of weight gain. Therefore those who truly want to make an effective change in their weight, some regular form of physical activity needs to occur and healthy eating introduced into the daily routine.
Most who are unsuccessful with weight loss don’t realize the role both of these aspects play in the entire process. Some may start to workout a few times a week, but continue to eat greasy, fried food far too often. Then three weeks later after weighing themselves and finding out they just maintained their weight, or are only one pound lighter, anger and frustration set in.
Sure the added exercise may slow down the weight gain, but since a transition to a daily healthy diet hasn’t taken place, true weight loss success won’t occur.
On the flip side, a person may start to eat healthy every day but not get any type of exercise whatsoever. Granted if food and drinks are carefully monitored, weight loss can occur but at a much slower pace than if physical activity were regularly happening. For the individual who has not eaten in a healthy manner for a long time, this can really be a difficult thing to accomplish.
Be careful if you take this approach. Once the body has become accustomed to eating in an unhealthy manner, it’s not as simple as hitting a switch to turn these habits around. One splurge per week can ruin the previous six days of healthy eating especially if you are not getting any type of physical activity.
This is why tying exercise in with healthy eating can really help one another out. One encourages the other. When you complete a good workout, that will inspire you to eat nutritious food for the next meal. You’ll be less inclined to spoil that wonderful exercise with food that’s not healthy and beneficial for your body.
For instance, if you just ran five miles around your neighborhood, most likely you won’t feel like eating a burger, fries, and a soda but rather something healthy such as grilled salmon with vegetables along with a few glasses of water. Exercise inspiring healthy eating – one encourages the other.
Also, when you begin your day eating a healthy breakfast that’s appropriately portion sized, along with healthy snacks and then a controlled lunch, you will be more inspired to get some type of workout in the evening. Reason being is because you know your weight loss results will be amplified when you get some exercise to burn off those excess calories on your body.
The more focused and committed you are towards achieving your goal, the more willing you’ll be to make the decisions that will have healthy consequences. The decision to eat an apple instead of a bag of potato chips. The decision to drink water instead of soda. The decision to cook grilled chicken and broccoli instead of going out to get fried chicken and French fries.
These are the choices you will be faced with and the decisions you make will be the determining factor.
Your weight loss success will come from a culmination of the many decisions made throughout each and every day. When you are truly ready to tackle the weight loss process, find a way to incorporate regular exercise along with healthy eating and you will achieve your goal.
Guest Post by: Gregory L. Gomez, M. Ed, has been teaching 5th grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 13 years and has now embarked on a journey to improve his health.
Follow his progress on http://HealthyChoicesInLife.com as he strives to lose 60 pounds by eating in a healthy manner and getting regular exercise.