You may think your commitment is solid, that you’re a rock. Unwavering and as mighty as an oak standing firm in the face of your challenge. An impenetrable force that isn’t to be reckoned with. But don’t get too sure of yourself before doing some inventory, that deep, soul-penetrating kind that leaves you as raw as an oyster straight from the ocean. Eating well and exercising for a few weeks, or hell, even a few months, is good… for a start. And good for you for trying! NOW comes the real question: can you handle the change?
This is permanent. It has to be. If you truly want to be a better version of you — healthier, fitter, leaner, possibly happier — it has to be a permanent LIFE change. I’m purposely not using the word “lifestyle” because it sounds so temporary, like a short term fix to a lifelong problem.
There are far too many people diving it to healthy lifestyle changes thinking “This is it! This time, I’ll do it for sure!”, but end up disappointed and dismayed at their “surprising” failure. Sure, the reasons might be valid — a health condition or illness or injury, but anything else shows they weren’t truly ready or willing to lose the weight.
One major reason so many people miss their weightloss goals or regain the weight is a lack of education. There’s a great deal that goes into losing weight and becoming healthier beyond the simple “eat less, exercise more” misnomer. Every person has different health needs, different lifestyles, and different abilities that affect their path. Taking the time to learn about what your own body needs is absolutely essential.
Your body will react differently to calorie intake versus calories burned compared to someone else. Just because a certain kind of food is widely considered “healthy” doesn’t mean it’s good for your body. Take fruit, for example. Fruit is healthy food, right? Well sure, if that’s what your body needs. But maybe you need to cut carbs (no apple a day for you!) or maybe you react poorly to acidic foods that cause you digestive troubles (so long citrus!).
When you eat, how you eat, and why you eat are equally as important as what you eat.
Sleep. Crucial to overall health and, by extension, to your weight loss. If you lose just an hour of sleep on any given night, you’re likely to overeat the next day. On top of that, you’re more likely to eat food your body doesn’t need (a.k.a. “junk”). Work shifts or staying up late often? Bam! It’ll getcha if you let it. Irregular sleep patterns have a major influence on your weight loss adventures.
How’s your digestive system? Any skin issues, like eczema, dry skin, or complexion troubles? Allergies? Do you have any health issues to speak of? Probably. Pretty much all of us do. Have you ever considered how much of this relates directly or indirectly to how and what you eat? Do you drink enough water every day?
Once you learn how all of these factors work for your own body, then you can begin to start changing your life.
Another key element to change? Change. You need to adapt to changes in your body as time goes on. Maybe you need more iron or protein once in awhile. Or perhaps you’ve plateaued in your weight loss and need to change up your exercise routines. Change is good. Just keep applying what you’ve already learned to the ever-changing mould that is YOU.
We’re all clever beings in our own way. Evolution has given us so much, but perhaps left us open to ignorance. Learning and working the changes that are needed for your own weight loss can be done… by ALL of us. For a LIFETIME. So don’t just sit there — go do it!
~ Troy Western
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