Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
Today I am honored to have a guest writer who is a registered dietitian, and writes a wonderful blog and host a radio blog program! She is helping me on my journey with losing weight, so I can beat full blown diabetes-
With great pleasure I am doing this guest post on Chef E’s new blog. I really admire her efforts at leading a healthy lifestyle to control blood sugars and feel well. We should all strive to practice portion control, eat a balanced diet, and stay active. It is also not as hard as you may think. There are no good or bad foods; its all about balance and having fun cooking healthy meals at home. As a registered dietitian both in the UK and the US I have found the following tips to be a good starting point, but the key factor for long term success is support from your family and on going support from a registered dietitian or doctor to get you through the tough times.
So you want to lose weight and keep it of?
On the surface it seems simple to lose weight eat less and be more active however the number of overweight and obese people continues to rise in America. Americans try many strategies in an attempt to lose weight often the latest Hollywood diet or fad. How often do you hear the words I am on a diet or I’ll eat what I want before I start my diet, many times losing weight while on the so called diet only to re-gain it and some when they return to their usual eating habits. This yo yo cycle isn’t healthy for mind or body.
The best approach is to work towards a healthy lifestyle and making long –term changes.
Consider these questions before beginning-
How ready am I to change? if you are thinking about it but still not all that motivated brainstorm the health benefits and focus on how much better you would feel
Break down your barriers to change-write a list and work through them, develop good time management and prioritize time for you to cook and be active
Do you eat when hungry or for other reasons such as emotions, habit or boredom. Work towards a regular meal schedule and listen to your bodies cues to eat when hungry
Do you perceive certain foods as good and bad and follow dieting rules? Re-program your mind and have a healthy relationship with food there’s no good or bad foods you just need to get the balance right
Eat slowly – it takes time for the brain to get the message that your full
Develop effective emotional coping strategies try not to use food for comfort, break the cycle of eating when stressed then feeling guilty. Call a friend, take a walk, pray, have a hot bath and try yoga.
Increase physical activity try to find activities that can be worked into your daily life you don’t have to join a gym. Take the stairs, walk on your breaks, try pilates and yoga at home or take a class, get some weights and lift at home, try tennis with friends and family or get a bike, find lots of activities you enjoy and have fun!
Overtime as you work towards a healthy lifestyle and face each challenge in a positive way you’ll slowly start to feel stronger more in control and enjoy better health.