it doesn’t really matter what you count. Now, all that I’ve learned in my professional training as well as my considerable experience in dealing with weight loss issues point out to two facts that can be carved in stone – (a) All healthy food is good for us and (b) you cannot have weight loss without there being a calorie deficit.
Everyone has a bad day and these ‘bad days’ come quite frequently. The moment you start thinking about whatever reason is making your day bad, it begins to assume a larger-than-life image of its own and hinders your ability to think straight. As a dieter wanting to lose weight, tell yourself that imperfection is okay.
Why incentives are so important in achieving our weight loss goals? For any fat loss or weight loss or diet plan to have even the slightest chance of success, you need to counter the attraction of junk food or large quantities of food with equally strong incentive. In a nutshell, you need to ask and understand how you will benefit from losing weight.
Many people say they’ve tried everything but nothing worked – some or the other weight loss diet plan, exercise, dieting… Let’s analyze and identify the reasons why we often don’t achieve our weight loss goals and in doing so, hopefully, induce you to try again. Clinically speaking, any reason you put forth for having given up your weight loss plan would fall into one of these three categories:
Just as people take a pill for a headache and expect the headache to vanish a few minutes after the pill has entered the stomach, so too people expect a kind of miracle weight management formula that makes their excess weight vanish within days if not within minutes. Unfortunately, the way fat is accumulated within our bodies precludes the possibility that there will ever be a safe quick-fix for obese people.
The speed breaker to successful weight loss is not hard to find and in all cases it was the same – commitment or rather, the lack of it. We are used to eating pizzas, ice creams, French fries, burgers and so on. These foods have become a habit. Our body is used to it and you have cravings. I say don’t fight it.
To whatever extent possible, ensure that your calories come from nutritious food. But what is ‘nutritious’ food? It is food that contains elements required by our body and food that is also body-friendly. The elements I speak of are commonly known as vitamins and minerals.
If I were to ask any of my clients to explain the term “body weight”, 9 out of 10 would say “it’s whatever the bathroom scale displays” (or some variation of it). And if I were to probe further and ask “what is weight reduction” the answer I get is “reducing my weight”. They couldn’t have been further away from the truth. First task is to understand body weight and body fat and how they are different.
9 out of 12 people who walk into my consultancy want to talk about weight reduction. When I say “don’t you mean weight management?” the usual response is, “yea, but I want to reduce weight”. So in my blog post today, I won’t refer to weight management. Incidentally, weight management is the correct way to go about reducing weight but I’ll give that a skip for today. Understanding the relation between food and weight…