There are many traditional diets that are quite restrictive and depriving nutritionally and emotionally. Leading a healthy, non-diet lifestyle is much more beneficial in the long-run than going through short bursts of strict nutrition and fitness schedules. This type of approach allows you to incorporate health into your daily routine in a natural and sustainable way. Choosing to be healthy is a decision that needs to unfold organically for the long-term.
Read as many books, blogs and health websites as you can and forgot what you’ve heard about traditional diets in the past. Misconceptions abound from eating as little as possible to low-fat or fat free regimens and cutting out nuts. Jumping on the bandwagon without knowing where you’re heading and why leaves a great deal for misinterpretation. Prepare and approach your goals with structure and knowledge.
Ease into it
Stocking up on the entire produce section at your local market when you’ve been eating junk food prior will bring about a huge culture shock. Instead slowly begin to substitute one unhealthy meal for something more nutritious as you go. This is how nutrition guru Jon Gabriel dropped 200 lb. Dieting is often linked to emotional starvation as it involves restricting or eliminating foods you love. The foods we enjoy the most are linked to the rewards center in our brains and elicit positive feelings.
This is where the mind-body connection profoundly exerts its effect. On the path to change we are often saddled by past limitations and can easily descend into back talk that sabotages our efforts towards improvement. Guided meditations, inspiration boards and vision boards will help train our mind to focus on the specific thoughts and visions we seek.
Join a community or build one
Many people around the world are on the same health journey as yourself. You can join a group or forum and post your questions and share your experience with others on the same path as yourself. Alternatively, you can document your progress through a personal blog or social media such as Instagram.
Always eat your breakfast
After an 8-hour fast following bedtime, our bodies need nourishment upon waking to sustain our energy levels throughout the day. It will also help us to avoid over-stimulation from coffee and the notorious 2pm crash after lunch.
Maintain your liquid intake
Most people tend to overeat because they are dehydrated. The hunger we feel is often times our body’s signal to drink something, although in most cases we reach for something to eat instead.
You’ve experienced the aftermath of one too many sleepless nights and the outcome is always similar: irritability, grogginess, an endless appetite and low energy levels. All these effects will only undermine your weight loss efforts and steer you past your end goals. Get yourself on a set sleep schedule and aim to log at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
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