I am in my 50s and for the last 12 years, I have been in a constant struggle to control and keep my weight in check. At this point in my li...
I am in my 50s and for the last 12 years, I have been in a constant struggle to control and keep my weight in check.
At this point in my life I can tell you that I have experienced many diets: keto, the zone, zero carbohydrates, Atkins, homeopathy, intermittent fasting, and also with exercise, yoga, aerobics, Zumba, weights, and even running.
I have been at my weight for a long time, but also many times, I have recovered those kilos with ease.
Today I dare to share with you some of my experiences in this coming and going of nutritionists and kilos so that, first, you do not make my mistakes, and second, you find your own keys and weight ceases to be an eternal struggle for you.
You let me? Well then, go ahead!
Banishing some myths
We have to speak clearly about these points from the beginning because we often have distant expectations of our reality and this in the future only generates a lot of anxiety and disappointment because we do not achieve what is simply not possible for us.
I ask you to answer in your mind or if necessary, write the answers to these questions after thinking about them carefully.
1 Do you know your healthy weight?
Not the ideal or the one you would like to have, I am talking about what is good for your health first and foremost, to look and feel very good.
This healthy weight, did you consult with your doctor or nutritionist? Or did you only see it on the internet or is it your youthful and single weight that you want to regain?
2 Have you had a thyroid or hormone test recently?
Sometimes it happens that not being able to lose weight has its reason for hormonal issues and even intestinal parasites! Hence the importance of going to the doctor and if he indicates it, perform some tests to rule out any health problem that is preventing you from losing weight.
3 Can you recognize why you have extra weight?
This means if you are aware that the vast majority of the time we gain weight because we eat too much and have sedentary lives. As the phrase goes: the first step is to accept it and then, from there, start our ascent to success.
Your diet, was it designed by a nutritionist? your doctor? Or did you just take it from someone else?
This part is very important because your health and your life may be at risk if the diet does not consider your particular needs or if you were not checked by a doctor, because you can develop anemia, weaken your immune system, decompensate, and other problems that we will review later.
Has it happened to you that you exercise and diet and no matter how hard you try, you don't lose weight?
One of the most common mistakes we make on ourselves with diet and exercise is that only think to lower the number the scale shows and forget that exercise to dieting, the first few days can lose some weight, what many call “Kilos or lose fat”, that which with taking care of ourselves a little we can easily eliminate and can go from 1 to 3 kilos in 15 days and we feel happy and motivated. But then, nothing! The scale stops moving, it is no longer so easy to lose kilos and we get demoralized.
We forget that when we exercise we gain muscle and that takes the place of the fat we lose and by the way, muscle weighs more than fat.
To avoid this disappointment and lose your motivation, I recommend the following:
Weigh yourself every week, the same day at the same time, and if possible fasting and wearing the same clothes, but also measure yourself. Take measurements of bust, waist, hip, leg, and arm, including neck, and take note. Many times our effort is rewarded in the measures that we lose not exactly in weight.
Over-exercising or not resting
This is another serious mistake that we all make at some point. We are highly motivated and we impose strong routines that can inflame our bodies. That swelling ultimately translates into weight, on the other hand, it may be that at the same time we are not resting what our body requires to deflate and recover from all the effort we have it subjected to.
If you are on an exercise plan, getting plenty of rest and sleep is just as important as following a healthy diet.
You have to review the famous diet
At the beginning of this article, I asked you if it was the doctor or the nutritionist who designed your diet, because too often many of us, and more women, tend to believe that any diet that is advertised in the media or a famous book can work as art magic to us too.
Keep something in mind: losing a lot of kilos very quickly or easily is a sign that it is not a good diet for you.
The most common damage of following diets of this type is that it is most likely that the famous “rebound” will come and you will recover, and maybe even more!
Having a healthy weight, where you sit and like how you look, is a matter of effort. There is no way to save yourself from this. I dare say that even undergoing gastric sleeve surgery to eat less requires a lot of effort and discipline. Anything worthwhile takes effort and persistence.
Diet is the key to achieving your goals, exercise without proper nutrition will never give the same benefits as a routine accompanied by healthy eating habits.
It is essential for digestion to proceed optimally. Good hydration is required to eliminate all toxins and waste accumulated in the intestines. Water is required so as not to become dehydrated by all the sweat we generate, as it keeps the organs healthy without stressing them and causing them to collapse, especially when we talk about the kidneys.
As you can see, you have to pay special attention to these details so that diet and exercise work in your favor.
Today more than ever, we must all strive for better eating habits and exercise. This is the best way to keep diseases out of our life and when they come to us, to be strong to resist and overcome them.
Encourage your family to be more active together and to develop a healthy attitude towards eating right. They will appreciate it.