I don’t like to use the word diet, as that implies a sudden change in what you are eating for a short period of time. Losing weight, in a healthy way, requires a lifestyle change. No, you won’t be dropping kilograms each week, but you will slowly notice that your clothes are a bit looser, you have more energy, and that you just feel happier. Everyone has their own reasons to lose weight and become healthier. Find yours and start today.
There are basics that apply to everyone, which I will talk about in this article, but each person is going to be different. If you eat and exercise the exact same as someone else, you won’t both lose or gain the same amount of weight, or both be your healthiest self. When I was taking my degree the college had a program called “Be Your Best Self”. I love this title because that what’s its all about. It’s not about how you compare to someone else. Be the best you, you can be. Finding the healthiest lifestyle for you may take some trial and error, but you will get there eventually, and you will feel better for it.
The most important part of a healthy lifestyle is what you eat. If you have seen me as a patient, you know my plate analogy. Cut your dinner plate in half and put veggies on one side. On the other half, make two-thirds protein and the last third carbohydrates. If you have a sweet tooth it is usually because you are not eating enough protein. Make sure you have protein in every meal as well as plenty of good fats to make you feel fuller longer. Don’t be afraid of healthy fats. I have lots of information on my blog explaining why you need them and which ones to pick. Drinking plenty of water is also important for losing weight as it helps make you feel full and improves your metabolism.
What you eat is about 80% of losing weight, but exercise is still needed to achieve a healthy lifestyle. It improves cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, depression, sleep apnoea, sleep, arthritis, immune health, and how you look and feel. Just to name a few. It will also help you lose weight when combined with other healthy lifestyle choices. Read here for tips on how much you need to exercise.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to get enough sleep and reduce your stress level. If you need help with sleep, check out my blog article with some sleep hygiene suggestions. In times of stress, our bodies like to hold on to fat ‘just in case’. Make sure you are getting enough rest at night, and taking time during the day to let your body and mind relax.
Food intolerances and other digestive issues can be a barrier to losing weight and being healthy. If you are eating foods that don’t agree with you, your body could have a lot of inflammation. As with stress, it makes your body want to hold on to fat ‘just in case’. If you have any digestive issues, make sure you talk to your local naturopath so you can start on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.