If you are just starting out on a new weight loss program, then congratulations on taking that important step in your health! The journey is not going to be an easy one, but it will be a rewarding one. Here are a few tips to help get you started.
Don’t forget that liquids count.
Many people are so food-focused, they forget the importance of the liquids they incorporate into their healthy lifestyle. A big salad full of fresh vegetables and a light homemade dressing is great unless it is paired with a high fructose corn syrup beverage.
Some natural beverages such as the coffee Javita can even enhance your progress. Adding green tea to your diet is a method to not just lose weight, it fights against cancer, helps control diabetes, and lowers your cholesterol. The best rule of thumb to keep you healthy when it comes to liquids is make sure the ingredients are natural and not packed with unnecessary sugars and ingredients.
Keep a journal.
Keeping a journal to document the food you’ve eaten is always a great idea, but it’s also a good idea to keep a journal where you are able to vent and put your frustrations down on paper. Instead of heading straight to the snack cabinet when you are feeling low, go to your journal and write down what you are feeling, and when you are feeling it. You can go back later and read it to help better understand why you were rushing to the cookie jar at that moment, instead of grabbing fruit.
Include your doctor in your decisions.
It’s important that you get your doctors guidance when starting a weight loss program. Dr. Salters and her highly trained team at The Centre for Vibrant Health and Wellness will be able to give you the motivation, as well as the knowledge, to get you going in the right direction. You want to be sure you are using non-toxic methods to lose weight, so you know you will keep it off and be rewarded with an overall health plan that leaves you feeling satisfied and energetic.
It’s okay if you fall back into your old routine.
You just have to be sure to catch yourself, and then correct it. Mistakes happen when you are in the process of change. Many people don’t realize how hard it is to break old habits and replace them with new ones. If you have a big piece of chocolate cake after dinner, don’t beat yourself up. This type of mental abuse can cause you to go straight into the arms of the chips and dip next, and then give up altogether. One piece of cake isn’t the end, so note it, and then work towards those feelings that brought you there in the first place.
Exercise for your mental health.
Many people exercise so they can complement their diet and lose weight a little faster. But getting physically active on a daily basis does so much more than just help with dropping pounds. While it improves your overall health when fighting disease, diabetes, and other aspects of the body, it does one more amazing thing. It gives you confidence and improves your mood. Keeping a positive mentality when attempting to lose weight is crucial for success. Don’t look at exercise as something you have to do, look at it as something you want to do.