As I said before, it’s very important for you to educate yourself before you start this journey. So basically the first thing I did was reading articles, blog posts, weight-loss success stories, and other things related to nutrition and fitness before I started doing any change. After that I had a base to start with. I kept building my knowledge throughout the journey.
What exactly do you have to read? You have to read about food and the basics of nutrition. Like how your body works when it takes food in, and how the food you eat affects your body, what are nutrients, how important each one is, how to eat a balanced diet…etc. You also have to understand what calories are, how much you need of them, and how much you should burn.
Another topic is fitness. You need to read about exercising and how it affects your body, read about the different kind of exercises, read about muscles and fats and the difference between them…etc.
Next thing you need to do is to be honest with yourself and prepare mentally for the lifestyle change. Sit alone and say, or write down, the reasons why you really want to lose weight. When you know your reasons very well and prepare your mind for it, you’ll be ready to apply your knowledge of health and wellness in your everyday life. Being psychologically prepared and accepting your new lifestyle are very vital for weight loss success. Because if you don’t have enough willpower for it then trust me, no one and I mean NO one in this world can make you lose weight. On the other hand, if you are determined to do it, then no person or thing can stop you from reaching your goal.
Weight loss is not magic. It’s really simple. You need to change your eating habits and start exercising. I know it’s been said so many times, but that’s because it’s the only way. You know why some people fail in losing weight? In my opinion (and from my observation of few people I know) it’s because they are not willing to educate themselves about it, and are not willing to give it all their best. They want to lose weight as fast as they can so they become thin. And they usually think of the process as a burden or as a deprivation from the joys of life. Pretty shallow and immature, right? What I want you to know is that it’s NOT impossible and it IS simple just if you decided so.
What I did after educating myself and preparing mentally was taking certain steps to change my lifestyle. First thing is my diet. These are the changes I made:
– Reducing portion sizes
– Quitting soft drinks
– Controlling dessert intake
– Replacing fried food with grilled, boiled, or raw food
– Stop eating highly-processed food as much as possible
– No eating when not hungry
– Stop eating when full
– Consuming the required amount of calories
– Snacking on healthy food
– Try to have 6 small meals instead of 3 big ones (not always possible for me)
– Adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet
– Drinking more water
– Replacing sugary juices and other drinks with unsweetened tea, coffee, and natural herbs
There are other changes you can make, and of course you can discuss it with a nutritionist as they would guide you to how to maintain a healthy balanced diet.
Second thing is exercising. You need to exercise in order to burn calories and lose weight. It is also important for your muscles and keeping your bones and joints strong. In addition that it’s necessary for your heart’s health. I started exercising at home. I bought a stepper, jumping rope, exercising mat (or whatever it’s called), dumbbells, and worked out. I’d do step aerobics 3 times a week, other cardio exercises 2 times a week, and strength training 2 times a week. You can choose the exercising routine that suits you. You can go to the gym of course and get a personal trainer to help you. Whatever the exercise is, the idea is to move. You may enjoy walking, or swimming, or basketball, it doesn’t matter. Find the exercise that you like and do it.
So you see, this is how it happened. It’s simple, isn’t it? It’s not easy for sure, but it’s gonna be worth it! And to everyone who can’t afford a nutritionist or a gym membership, guess what? I did it without a nutritionist or a personal trainer or a gym membership or even a treadmill at home! That’s why I told you that if you really want to do it, nothing can stop you. I lost 19 kilos (about 42 lbs) so far and still have some kilos to lose to reach my weight loss goal. I did gain some weight back (4 kilos), because I’ve let stress sabotage my health, which I am going to talk about in a later post. Anyway, I am back on track and hopefully will continue to lose weight and live a healthy life.
Losing weight is a really good journey that you will enjoy and learn a lot from, so don’t look for a quick fix and deprive yourself from this experience. Find your strength and your motivation and you will be invincible. So what are you waiting for? You CAN do it!!