If you have ever struggled with your weight then you know how stressful it can be trying to get the weight off and keep it off. The constant battle can take a toll on your mental and physical health but there is a simpler way. Read on to learn how to win at weight loss.
For most of us, the weight loss struggle is real. It can quickly become an all-consuming issue in our lives—not only the aesthetic aspect but also in terms of how it affects our mental health.
Seemingly everywhere we look there are beautiful people. From magazine covers at the supermarket checkout line to gigantic billboards as we drive down the freeway. This creates an unrealistic societal ideal that is out of reach for most of us.
Despite the perception created by a bombardment of skinny supermodels, the average American woman over 20 weighs an average of 170.6 pounds. Clearly, this is not the standard that most of us can (or should!) aim to achieve. A more sensible approach would be to prioritize our health.
Winning at Weight Loss
Start Your Day With Breakfast
I realize that not everyone likes to eat breakfast. If you’re one of them and your weight loss efforts have stalled it may be time to reconsider. Not only will it jumpstart your metabolism and prevent cravings later in the day, but it could benefit your health as well.
Many studies have linked eating breakfast to better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, and overweight. Read more here for some others reasons why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
Eat Smaller Meals
Win at weight loss by eating five or six small, nutrient-dense meals throughout the day. Research shows that this strategy can help keep your metabolism elevated, while also helping to stave off hunger, and keep blood sugar under control. All of this translates into fewer calories being consumed.
Add Weights to Your Workout
Winning at weight loss is easier if you carry more muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does. I know the ladies love their cardio and this is OK in moderation but adding weights to your workout is more effective and will also give your body a more toned look. As you increase your muscle mass, it will replace some of your body fat and keep your metabolism stoked.
Don’t Eat Your Emotions
Stress can have a significant impact on your weight loss goals. Many people use food to boost their mood and temporarily distract them from the stress in their lives. One of the best ways I have found to deal with this is to keep a food journal. I have talked about this before in one of my previous articles on weight loss. If we write down what we eat we can also write down why we are eating. Are we eating because we are genuinely hungry or are we self-soothing with food? This way we hold ourselves accountable and we learn to recognize and process our emotions in a more constructive way.
Winning at weight loss is within everyone’s reach with a few simple steps each day. Commit to making these part of your routine and you’ll get much closer to your weight loss goals.
Thanks for reading my article on winning at weight loss. As always, please leave a comment.
Yours in health, Sarah