Recently I watched the 20/20 episode regarding obesity and the ways in which it can be countered. The episode started by narrating the stories of morbidly obese individuals who had come a long way from their original sizes with weight loss programs that were anything but easy. However, their motivations overruled every obstacle on the way and the journey from their size to half their size became a memorable one.
To help you lose weight effectively, a weight loss road map is essential so that you can track your progress at every step of the way. In fact, thinking of weight loss as a ‘journey’ makes this cumbersome task even easier. Such a perspective makes one patient and tolerant of the slow and steady improvement to your body. Developing a weight loss road map is like drafting a worksheet on which you will put down some very important details. Your obesity started with your favorite foods, so jot them all down on your worksheet one by one, including all the sugary and savory items, so that every time you think of munching on some of your favorite foods, your worksheet reminds you of your goal.
Another reason for maintaining this worksheet is to help you feel you are maintaining a balance. The objective of losing weight is not to make your body feel deprived. If it does, it will go into an over-drive mode that will be hard to cope with. Striking a balance by reducing the portion sizes of meals and avoiding certain foods altogether will help you feel happy about your motive.
Once you have sorted out your eating habits, the next step is to get yourself to move. Start with baby steps, even if it means going to the park for a 10-minute stroll! Gradually increase the time you spend performing strenuous outdoor activities like running, jogging or simply doing some pushups.
Every little action counts, from walking your dogs to playing Frisbee with the neighborhood children. If getting yourself enrolled in weight loss yoga classes means investing in a new pair of trainers, by all means do it. Any kind of motivation that gets you started is a worthy investment for the future. The third step in your weight loss road map is relaxation. It is easy to get frustrated and annoyed when burning fat is the end goal, as it is a slow process. Even though Ruby managed to get to half her size, the nerves that kicked in because of the slow drop in numbers rendered her weight loss program useless.
Therefore, try not to pressure yourself so much that your mind starts to rebel against you. Relaxation is the key to a healthy regimen because it gives you time to appreciate how you will be once the regimen is over and makes you realize it’s for your own good. Feeling great about yourself makes long-term weight loss possible because it keeps your spirits high and makes you achieve your goal, stealthily.