Don’t Make the Desire to Lose Weight Your Final Chapter.
Weight loss is no joke, for some people it is all they think about. It consumes their every inner thought; it fuels them throughout the day and drives them when things are tough. Once that book is opened, that first page is turned, and the goal has been set, the journey has now begun and there is no looking back.
It is good to have goals, and I admire anyone who decides that today is the day they are going to start that chapter and change their lifestyle to make healthier choices and start working-out. It is not good however, for that goal to become all consuming, getting to the point where losing weight is all you think about, and would do anything to get there is when problems start to arise. We then begin making unhealthy lifestyle choices in hopes of keeping off the weight, which in sever cases, can lead to closing your book for good.
Losing the initial 100 lbs might have been “easy” because all it took was a swift diet change, a crank in exercise and an endless supply of will power. But it just so happens that it is the last 100 lbs that is the hardest to get rid of- it takes an increased amount of dedication, determination and most importantly and quite possibly the hardest thing to conjure up is patience.
Patience is critical to any weight loss journey, as it could be the difference between you ending up in a hospital bed and reaching success.
Patience will allow you to understand that not everything will come at once, losing weight is, and always will be, a gradual process. Until finally you are able to successfully close the final chapter of your weight loss journey and start making new goals.
As you started off on your exercise journey you may have found that your body lost weight rapidly and as time passed there was a steady decline in the speed of this process. It can be frustrating when your weight begins to plateau, but it is a natural occurrence. Going to extreme lengths to keep trying to lose weight at the same rate, as you were when you 1st started does more harm than good.
When you 1st begin exercising your body loses the initial weight quickly and with little effort because your body is adjusting to the new change in diet and increase activity level. Once your body has lost all the initial weight and has adapted to the new lifestyle you have introduced, you may find that you have reached a plateau, and this is where most of the problems arise. Because you have become so accustomed to losing a great deal of weight in a short space of time, losing 1 or 2 pounds a week seems menial, when in fact this is actually the healthy range, trying to lose anymore than that could lead to lean tissue being lost instead of fat.
To help get over the plateau and kick-start your weight loss again the healthy way, small changes need to be made to either your exercise routine or diet. Because your body has become so accustomed to your current routine, you would need to increase either the intensity or duration, making your body work harder than normal and therefore burning more calories. But there is no need to spend 24/7 working out; training too much can lead to a decrease in performance, injury or illness. Alternate between vigorous and moderate intensity sessions, and ensure you are including strength training, as this would lead to an increased amount of calories burnt throughout the day.
Now when it comes to the diet plateau, people tend to go to the extreme. Starving yourself is not the answer, you need to make sure you are still having a balanced diet and getting in all the essential nutrients needed to function properly. Try eating lean protein, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nutrient-dense foods, controlling your portion sizes and don’t isolate the carbs. Deciding that this is not enough and severely limiting your calorie intake, can slow your metabolism, limit your weight loss and in extreme cases can even lead to death.
So if we are really serious about maintaining a healthy weight loss regime and avoiding our chapter being prematurely closed indefinitely. Have some patience; making those small changes to your routine will make a big difference in the long run.
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Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.