It seems that every few years, a new health or weight loss fad comes along, promising drastic results in a ridiculously short period of time. Don’t eat meat, eat only meat, cut out alcohol, drink lots of wine, count those calories, just exercise more – do any of these sound familiar? You’ve tried them all, and yet you haven’t lost the weight. Or maybe you did, but quickly gained it back.
That’s because the real secret to losing weight – and more importantly, keeping it off – doesn’t lie in a fad diet or exercise craze. The secret is transforming yourself, one step at a time. Change on the inside results in visible changes on the outside.
Chances are, you aren’t simply eating the wrong foods or not exercising often enough. Being overweight is the result of a lot of complicated factors coming together to create a sort of perfect storm for your health and body. In order to undo the damage wrought by years of bad habits and negative mindsets, seek to promote the following in your life:
Make health a priority. Yes, this is about healthy eating and exercise. But it’s also about making sure you get enough sleep, and reducing stress in your life. Stress impacts your health in so many ways, so take charge and learn to better manage it.
Seek emotional health as well. Your emotional health impacts your physical health, and vice versa. Identify your triggers and unhealthy habits, and learn to recognize the emotional underpinnings of unhealthy behaviors. When you can address the causes of bad habits, it’s a lot easier to break them.
Seek support. Healthy habits can’t thrive in an unhealthy environment. Seek the support you need to live a better, healthier life.
Develop healthy habits. Losing weight isn’t all about banishing bad habits; it’s about learning new, healthier habits to replace them. Remember that developing any new habit takes time, and stay on top of your goals each day.
Choose a weight loss program with a track record of success. Fads come and go, and most people who lose weight on fad diets quickly gain it back. Look for a program that has helped people maintain a healthy weight for years, not a program that promises fast results in a few weeks.