Postdate: 09 January 2018
Losing weight successfully can be learned: it is a skill, just like cycling and driving a car. It is also important to take small steps at a time. You need to have knowledge and information about how you can do this. There are a number of tricks you can apply in your daily life.
Every change you bring to your life is hard, no matter how good your resolutions or goals are. When you want a healthy body for a long period of time, it will take more than a week or a month. Crash diets may give some result in the short term, but they won't make you achieve your real goal. A change is comes with ups and downs, and you need to be prepared for that. A feeling of having control over your life is generally a good feeling. It gives you footing and a sense of independence. But it can also be a pitfall in this stage of change as you have to let go of old habits. Being successful must also be linked to goals and to the road to get there. When the road ahead is cut in smaller stages, your goals become clearer and you will be better prepared to cope with setbacks, small steps back, and to go on again.
‘It’s not a short-term diet. It’s a long-term lifestyle change’
Deceive your brain
This is mainly about changing the way you look at things. You train your brain to interpret stimuli differently. Contrary, you can also change your environment and deceive your brain. By putting 10% less food on your plate, filling it for three quarters with vegetables, or by eating from a smaller plate, you already create new habits that are easy to stick with. Besides that, a structure is also important, such as eating at fixed times. This will prevent you from feeling hungry and your body screaming for sugar and fat. The best thing is not making it harder on yourself than it already is. So be sure that you don't buy snacks which will have your blood sugar level going through the roof.
So losing weight often starts with a conscious diet. Think about the habits you developed over the course of time: are you eating in a rush, or at another place, or in front of the television? How much of your food consists of vegetables? Choose to change one habit per week, so you can get used to it slowly. Changing your eating habits takes time, but it will be a lasting change.