When it comes to losing weight, the first thing that comes to mind is strict, restrictive dieting.
However, “diet” is something that we all have to focus on – it’s what we put into our bodies to fuel our lives. Yet it has become associated with losing weight leading to, like we said, strict and restrictive ways of eating.
Whilst it is important to watch what we eat, there are simple and effective ways that we can look at our current diet and make adjustments that help us to shift weight.
We don’t like to focus on the word diet at all because it’s our approach to eating that makes the most difference.
So, here’s our Top 5 that we help people to focus on during their time with us at our Retreat.
Get Your Greens In
We’ve all heard it time and time again, especially when we were growing up – eat all your vegetables.
So we’re going to repeat the obvious – eat more freshly prepared, home cooked meals with plent of fruit and vegetables. Not only are they healthier for you, they also contain less calories and more nutrients.
Get out there and get that fridge stocked up with some fresh produce.
Step It Up
If you are piling on the pounds, it really boils down to TWO main reasons – you’re either eating too much or you’re not moving enough.
So maybe it’s time to step it up a notch or 2. Take the stairs instead of using the lift. Go for a walk at lunchtime. In reality, even if we join the gym, there’s only a very small percentage of our time that we can spend “burning calories” so it really is the time in between “workouts” that makes a big difference.
You need to get that heart rate up each and every day by moving a little bit more.
Booze It Down
Alcohol is often referred to as “empty calories” meaning they, quite literally, do nothing for the body either in terms of energy or nutrition.
A pint of beer has 153 calories, a glass of wine 120 calories and a shot of spirits, about 95 calories. An apples – 70 cal, a banana – 105 cal and an egg – 102 cal.
As you can see, it’s pretty easy for the calories to add up pretty quickly with a few drinks
Let’s face it – most of us eat way to quickly. Your brain needs time to process that you have had enough to eat so eating slowly (and more mindfully) helps you to slow down.
As a result, it gives your brain the time it needs to say “OK, we’re done now.” How quickly you eat will not only affect how many calories you consume, it can also affect how much weight you lose.
Identifying what weight loss means to you, as well as you approach to eating and exercise plays a big part in how you live. Shifting your mindset about how to lose weight is the biggest factor.
Why ? Because losing weight is not a goal or destination, it’s an on-going journey, and by product of living a healthy life, that requires you to say “You know what, I deserve to be healthy and happy.”
What would you add to the list above ? Do you have any other suggestions ?