Oh, body weight, those wonderful two words everyone loves to hate. We see topics of weight loss EVERYWHERE we go. Diet plans, diet pills, fasting, juicing, protein shakes, no carb, low carb….blah blah blah. Celebrity spokespeople claim you can lose 25 pounds on a frozen food diet (hell if that was really the case I would kiss Spanx and gym time goodbye and embrace mini skirts after 35). Other spokespeople claim they took a pill that helped them lose 30 or more pounds. Excuse me, what? You mean I can pop this tiny pill and lose three dress sizes? If that was also true I would burn out my bank account, marry the diet pill, and twerk it like Miley for God’s sake. No seriously, I would. Twerk my skinny ass with my bottle of diet pills.
Of course the two scenarios are complete fallacies and unfortunately buying into the fallacy of too good to be true weight loss plans means short term success and long term depression from a failed weight loss goal. However, I have excellent news for you! In the real world, without Miley’s trim figure twerking in my head, millions of people fail at weight loss. Yay! We are all failures! So I am going to teach you how to lose and manage your weight like a boss and you’ll be working it like Beyoncé sooner than you know it. Hell I would run five marathons if it meant I could look like Bey.
All jokes aside, I should mention I have tried nearly EVERY fad diet on the market (and yes they were all a disaster). On top of ravaging my bank account and my body I was doing it while I had hypothyroid, hyperthyroid (yes both and within 3 months of each other), dairy intolerance, wheat intolerance, protein intolerance, and intolerances to all food preservatives. So with years of extreme weight fluctuations, horrible health experiences, and almost letting my bad health destroy my life I want that to never happen to you. I would rather help you achieve your weight loss goals. And just so you know I do have a professional background as I have my degree in community health and I have studied weight management for over 10 years.
Now that I am done mentioning my “oh poor me” scenarios and “I’m so educated” attitude let us talk about my definition of long-term commitment when losing weight!
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT IS BASED ON SELF-EMPOWERMENT.
First, you MUST REALIZE anything you put into your body must be based on long-term commitment. For example, before eating a food ask yourself, “Could I do this forever?” or “Could I survive on this diet forever?” Answering those two questions will end any form of fad dieting quicker than you can throw out the food itself.
Second, realize what foods work for your body and your lifestyle (like how semi-vegan and gluten-free eating works for a food intolerant, failing thyroid woman like myself). So, I will ask, do certain foods cause intestinal discomfort? That may be an intolerance. Do you feel lethargic throughout the day? You may need to find a doctor who can test your thyroid levels, food allergies, and/or food intolerances. Are you starving in-between meals? You MUST change your eating habits. Are you eating a ton of food at night? You may be low on specific nutrients that are causing late night cravings.
Third, are you eating because you have a craving or are you eating because you are ACTUALLY hungry? I’ve read the articles from the super-fit ladies who eat five small meals a day, I’ve read when doctors say your body is like a gas tank and you should never let it hit “empty” because all hope is lost, and I’ve read if you eat three meals a day you’re going to end up binging like a crazy person at the end of the day. The list of what, how, when, where, and why to eat this or that goes on FOREVER. So what are you supposed to listen to? Well last time I checked you are the one in control of what you put into your body. So the one scenario I recommend you do is listen to your gut. Yes, it is as simple as that. Eat when you FEEL you are ACTUALLY hungry.
So I just taught you that first, you must eat foods you can digest, enjoy, afford, and work into your budget. Second, stop eating based on what the media tells you to do and notice how foods affect you. If you notice intestinal discomfort, bloating, gas, headaches, nausea, heartburn, etc. it is time to make an appointment with a weight management professional who can pinpoint what is making you sick. Third, eat food only if you are hungry, do not eat foods if you are craving them because it stalls weight loss. After you lock down thee three tips please read my other articles that talk about what you will experience as you lose the weight.
If you have questions, comments, complaints, or compliments please feel free to email me at [email protected] and I will respond as quickly as possible. As Always, Be Happy. Be Healthy.