How many times have you tried new diets only to find yourself riding the diet roller coaster of life? If you do decide lose excess weight, the first thing that should pop in your mind is to begin changing your eating and exercise habits, not finding the latest fad diet to help you lose 20 lbs in 15 days. Everyone who starts out on a diet or plan will usually begin innocently and then fall into an unhealthy cycle of starve and binge. Adopting a well balanced, 5-meal a day plan will help you lose the excess fat, not only that it will have you feeling more confident about yourself and your health, all without depleting your wallet.
Many of us in today’s society, have a habit of getting on the diet roller coaster that takes you on the upward ride of your life, but on the way down, leaves your feeling sick to your stomach. Can you relate to this feeling? It begins with depleting your body of energy by virtue of the typical low calorie intake method, obtaining temporary weight loss, and ultimately gaining the weight back, plus a little extra. The final results : decreased self-esteem and confidence. This cycle is responsible for a lot of the reasons why people end up with eating disorders. Many don’t realize the kind of weight that is actually being lost through these crash diets, which in most cases results in a loss of lean muscle tissue and not the body fat. Most people choose to diet to lose the excess fat, but in reality if one could make just a few behavioral lifestyle changes the fat will reduce and usually stay off for good! The results: increased confidence, better health, brighter outlook, improved body image, and more energy.
It All Starts With Confidence
Confidence when you think about it goes hand and hand with your health. In my view any and every task you set out to do starts with a healthy mind before transitioning to the specific action. Is it true that with improved health you will feel better about yourself? Yes. But, is that the correct approach? I believe that if you feel better about yourself, you will have an easier time setting and completing the physical goals of good health whether it is having a set meal plan or taking on more exercise. In anything you do always think, “Progress Over Perfection,” a motto great motto to live by.
It is always good to start a healthy mind with some positive affirmations.
Here are 5 affirmations to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle:
- My body is worth it.
- I can easily make healthy delicious meals.
- Meal prep is a time to bond with family in the kitchen, while getting everyone involved.
- My physical and social wealth is enhanced every time I prepare my meals.
- I am worth the time and money I invest into my health.
Here are 5 tips to help you lose body fat and get off the diet roller coaster:
- Never say you are on a diet- You are on a well-balanced eating plan.
- Eat breakfast consisting of a good source of protein & one serving of carbohydrates.
- Eat every 3-4 hours. Skipping meals can slow down your metabolism.
- Drink at least half your body weight in ounces or more of water daily.
- Watch your carbohydrate intake. This is where you will most likely get into trouble.
So think small progressive steps in whatever you are pursuing, whether it’s a healthier lifestyle, new job, or conquering a fear, the saying holds true that you can do whatever you put your mind to!
About the Author: Francesca Adams, Founder and CEO of the health and wellness consulting company FANCY (Financially And Nutritionally Consulting Your) Wellness, is a God-fearing, purpose-driven, honest, loving, and strong-willed daughter, sister, godmother, and friend. After battling a domino effect of digestive health issues for 3 years and discovering her gluten sensitivity, she is devoted to helping you get away from the “diet” mentality and focused on the small changes you can make to improve your health. For more information check out fancywellness.com, or contact her via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org