Consistency ... Steps towards Sustainable Weight Management
It is natural for people who are trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. However, a healthy weight loss needs to be slow and steady. A successful weight loss is one where the lost weight does not come back. Temporary measures opted by people only result in temporary gains and the fall back then is greater than ever.
Weight loss is a journey rather than a final destination. Losing weight is not easy, and it takes commitment. Our environment and lifestyles have changed in recent decades. With all the ready-to-eat and takeaway meal options available today, it is not easy to make healthy choices. This usually means eating foods that have more fat, sugar, and salt as compared to home-cooked meals. Often, portion sizes are larger too.
In an attempt to shed the excess weight gained fast, people may embark on excessive dieting, following strict diets. A keto diet, a paleo diet, or fad diets that promise rapid weight loss are some examples. However, In reality, a well-balanced diet that includes all food groups and even some treats occasionally works best in the long run for most people.
A diet rich in nutrients from fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, lean proteins, and some whole grains will serve you best in terms of sustainable weight loss and health. This combined with a consistent exercise routine helps in sustained weight loss and weight maintenance once you reach your goal weight. Exercise has its long list of other health benefits. But it is difficult to lose weight from exercise alone.
Excessive workouts and exercise regimes alone in an attempt to lose weight is also not recommended. It is far easier to eat hundreds of calories in a single sitting than it is to burn them off in one gym session. Try not to rely on exercise as your only weight loss strategy. Doing more of it without changing your diet is unlikely to lead to weight loss.
No matter what the wellness industry might have you believe, there are no quick fixes, miracle cures, or magic pills when it comes to weight loss. Nothing beats eating right and moving more on a daily basis as a path to losing weight. Healthy weight loss is not just about a “diet” or “program”. It is about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.