Making Fitness Fun
Resolve to get fit. Try to get fit. Fail. Repeat.
This is typically the cycle that many people go through during their weight loss journey.
Whether it is a New Year resolution or a self-improvement drive, people tend to get tangled in this vicious cycle. Either you lose no weight, or you do and it all comes back in a few weeks’ time. There is no problem with the routine itself, but in the way you follow it.
Losing weight is a lifestyle change, which requires you to put in consistent effort and change your outlook towards food and exercise. You not only need to make a physical effort but also get rid of various mental blocks to experience long-term weight loss. You need to make changes, albeit small and gradual ones, to keep the weight loss regimen on track.
Create a timetable and assign time for grocery shopping, for preparing meals, and for eating them. Make a list of things you want to buy and stick to it. This system ensures that you do not pick up a packet of chips, a bar of chocolate or make any other impulse purchase. Set alarms for cooking and eating. Do not mix them up with watching television or something else.
It is important to be strict while following a diet plan. However, it is entirely unnecessary to punish yourself by killing all the urges. Pay heed to food textures and buy snacks accordingly. If you are in a mood to snack on something crunchy, then buy a pack of baby carrots. Frozen yogurt can also be a pleasure to eat if you crave something creamy. These are all the good alternatives to unhealthy snacks like fried chips and sugar-laden ice creams. The textures satiated your mind, and your body did not have to gain weight for it. It is a win-win situation.
Going to the gym and just running on the treadmill is not going to bring long-term change. You must understand how your body functions. Work out with a professional who understands fitness, preferably an exercise physiologist. It will be important to share your goals with your exercise physiologist so she can design a regimen in line with your goals. An exercise log will help you track your progress. This gamification of your workout will again help you stay motivated to see improved results and push you to work harder.
People usually lose motivation through their weight-loss journey while the answer to their problem is right beside them – their friends and family. Talk to your family and friends about your weight loss goals and seek their support. They may start bringing in less high-calorie food into the house to keep you on track. You may even get a partner within your family for running, for the gym, or even dieting.
Changing Eating Habits
To lose weight, you must be completely aware of everything you are eating and drinking. So, eating in front of a screen is a strict no-no. Controlling emotional eating is also essential. A bad day is no excuse to eat a cheesy pizza or a cup of pudding. Drink some water, take a walk, or talk to a friend. Learn to differentiate between real hunger and emotional hunger.
Long-term weight loss is without a doubt an extremely demanding goal to achieve. However, you can make fitness fun and less daunting by thinking in the context of the future. Also, people with medical concerns or those who have tried every weight loss program under the sun should explore cognitive therapy. It will help them develop a healthier relationship with food, workout, and fitness.