If you set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight - you should read this.
Statistically, weight loss is the most popular resolution every year. Yet, according to the US World News, 80% of the population stops working towards their goal by the second week of February.
So, why is it that with such great intentions - getting in shape and losing weight seems so elusive?
That is because, peripheral solutions such as diets and joining the gym are doomed to fail, unless you take the first step in changing your mindset.
When you enhance the capacity to sustain the motivation and handle the discomfort that comes with change, as well as set sustainable habits - you are much more likely to actually achieve your resolutions.
Why you aren't slimming down despite great intentions
Diets can be alienating, stressful, and restrictive - not to mention often very expensive. It certainly does not take lifestyle and individuality into consideration, and not all types of food are best for everyone's body and blood type.
For example, according to Dr. D'Adamo's research, Blood Type As balance out their bodies faster on a vegetarian lifestyle because they don't benefit from meats such as lamb, goat, and mutton-in fact, chicken can be toxic for Blood Type B's due to agglutinating lectin in the muscle tissues.
When toxic foods are avoided and replaced with beneficial foods for your individual body and blood type, it is much easier to reach your weight loss goals.
People are generally confused about what they are supposed to eat.
Due to heavy marketing and advertising we are bombarded with information about food, nutrition data, health benefits; often by special interest groups. As a general rule, the worse the food is for you, the more it is advertised. How many ads for quinoa or kale have you seen? Processed food are generally cheaper and available a bit too easily. Also, busy lifestyles promote fast food and eating on the run. Often people feel they just don’t have time to cook.
Despite all those obstacles, how do you reach your health goals? Keep is basic. Work on implementing these habits gradually, ideally one each week. . By the end of six weeks, you can potentially have habits six new healthy habits that will turn into routines. This routine is what will set your goals in motion. Essentially, setting a solid routine of tasks that are done everyday is how you reach and sustain your health goals.
Here are some of the quickest ways to start losing weight:
1.Drink water with lemon or ACV as soon as you wake up.
This refreshing drink will hydrate your skin, jump-start your metabolism, and help you relieve sore muscles from a previous muscle by removing lactic acid build up.
2. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and dense, whole grains.
These foods provide healthy fiber and usable energy to keep you feeling full and energized longer. Say goodbye to mindless snacking and junk food cravings!
3. Eat good fats.
Healthy fats keep you satisfied and have a host of digestive and health benefits. - decreases inflammation in the body. Some examples of “healthy fats” include almonds, walnuts, and avocados.
4. Eat mindfully.
Turn off the TV and other distractions, appreciate your food, and pay attention to what you’re eating to feel full and satisfied after you eat. Share healthy meals with loved ones - it makes mealtime more enjoyable and fun!
6. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Skipping meals affects your mood and blood sugar levels, and lends to overeating when you become too hungry.
7. Use smaller dishware.
People tend to eat more when their plate or bowl holds more food. It takes less food to create a plateful using a smaller dish.
8. Chew well.
Take two deep breaths before you start eating. This will help you slow down and be more present with your meal. Put your fork down between bites and slow down. Chewing well aids digestion and slowing down gives your brain time to register you’re full before you overeat . Try to chew 10-15 times before swallowing your food.
9. Cook more.
Cooking at home saves money and allows you to control the quality of ingredients and the amounts of fat, salt, and sugar used. Plus it will be made with love. Don’t worry about cooking something new everyday. Try 1-2 new recipes a week, and before you know it, you will have lots of recipes you can rotate.
10. Add in to crowd out.
Don’t deprive yourself by taking away foods you enjoy. Adding in new, healthier choices will naturally crowd out some of the less healthy foods.
11. Find love and fulfillment within yourself.
This is the most important of them all. Find joy in everyday life. Remember, we find what we seek. If you look for the simple blessings in your life, you will find them. Have gratitude for family, friends, a home, clean food, and most importantly YOUR BODY. When you have a deeper sense of gratitude for what you already have, you will feel more loved and fulfilled. This often is often all what people need to stop themselves from reaching for the cookie jar at midnight.
Remember, you are more than your body. You are a beautiful, vibrant soul that is capable of moving mountains. Accept that about yourself, let your best self shine, and the excess weight will take care of itself.
Written By:Jalpa Dhaduk, Certified Nutrition Counselor
After working as an Occupational Therapist for seven years, Jalpa learned preventative care is truly the path to prevent chronic diseases. She went back to school to train in Integrative Nutrition and founded Nourishbyjd. Now, she combines her knowledge of science and western medicine with nutrition to coach clients to heal their digestion, slim down, and gain vibrant energy via food and lifestyle modification.