Weight Loss – What Not to Do !
In the past I have addressed common questions of weight loss, in this article I will highlight what not to do when on a weight loss journey.
When trying to lose weight, it is common to fall in traps of doing things which often act as barriers to your goal.
The most common is to treat the weight loss journey as a task. I have always maintained that you generally attain great results when you do things you want to and not when you have to; your success is determined by your attitude, let this journey be a one that you want to.
Culturally, because it is a family meal combined with the “I prefer a light lunch” attitude, dinners end up as our heaviest meals. Reduce your carbohydrate (starch) intake at dinner, try and keep dinner’s light when trying to lose weight. Modify the traditional dal, roti, sabzi, rice, pickle, poppadum and dahi followed by a sweet, an ideal dinner should include proteins in form of chicken, meat or pulses or paneer (for vegetarian), lightly sautéed fresh greens and salad and a small portion of carbohydrate which is all what your body needs, ideally the size of your fist.
Another area where we generally falter is missing the much needed regular meals. As mentioned in my articles before “Never miss your meals”. Missing a meal leads to craving for food and causes hunger pangs which in turn lead to binge eating and making poor food choices. Make sure you have supplies of healthy snacks, fruits and nuts and dig in to them (in a balanced manner) when it is time to eat. Remember snacking is healthy but grazing is not. Also don’t starve…eat healthy and regularly.
Workouts need a lot of enthusiasm and energy, most of us start with a bang…however just a couple of days later the motivation is lost. This is another area that we need to be conscious about. I have a client who was very clear that confining to a gym atmosphere is not her, so together we identified different ways that she could accomplish the same result. Yoga, Pilates, Zumba or even a regular run is good, as long as it was enjoyable.
Monotony is another area that leads to a failed weight loss attempt. Change is essential, even if you are on the right track, you will struggle to maintain the focus, if you just sit there. Doing the same workout or eating the same food, day in – day out will lead to boredom. Try different recipes, there are many recipe books available which provide creative options to prepare the same old green veges or the boring chicken in to a healthy and palatable option. Even with your workouts beat the monotony, speak to your instructor, and find new ways to challenge your body.
Being creative is the key.
Look at things you can do and avoid finding reasons what you can not do….many clients who see me say “oh I could not run as the weather was not good” and I respond “could you not have done something indoors?” If you can not go to the gym, a run around the block or even a dance session with friends or in solitude is better than just being a couch potato. Any form of exercise is good, just get moving!
Avoid take away or junk food just because you don’t have the time to cook, look at recipe books that teach you to cook in minutes. Home food is always the best option.
Till next time…take care, eat and be healthy.