Updated: Jul 1, 2020
Losing weight is, by far, one of the hardest things for most people. Why? The answer is straightforward, we love food! Eating is one of the pleasures in life, and it’s hard to give up eating things that we enjoy. What if I tell you that I lost weight without giving up my favorite foods? Yes, I did! If I could do it, I am 100% sure you can do it too. In my opinion, sticking to a diet can be why most people try to lose weight and do not see results. The problem with that is that you lose weight while on a specific diet, but after you finish the regimen and start your routine, you recover all the weight again and could even gain more. Instead of following a diet, I made small changes to my mindset, habits, and eating style, which resulted in positive outcomes for me and could also help you.
First of all, being in the right mindset is paramount to accomplish anything in life. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction. Your thoughts have the power to transform or destroy your life. Therefore, the first step that I took was to set myself for success by being convinced it was possible and feasible to lose those 30 extra pounds. I imagined myself wearing my favorite outfit from several years ago. I told myself that I could do this every single day.
A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.— Gandhi
After setting myself for success by training my brain in the right positive direction, I started monitoring my body. The idea behind this is to find what works for you. How can you do this? By watching, monitoring, and listening to your body. I downloaded the Fitbit app (there are many free options as well) that allowed me to monitor what I was eating. Without making any changes to my diet, I started creating logs of my food every day. At the same time, I started weighing myself every day (I recommend doing this for at least 21 days). I did it mentally, but if you put together an Excel spreadsheet with your weight along with what you ate for those 21 days, you will understand how your weight fluctuates according to what you eat. For instance, I discovered what makes me gain weight (rice, processed sugar, pasta, etc. ) and what helps me lose weight (eggs, watermelon, coffee, etc. ). Additionally, without becoming obsessed, I started reading more labels of everything I ate. I discovered that I had been eating a tremendous amount of processed sugar without knowing it. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. — Peter Drucker
Next, with the knowledge gathered from my monitoring process, I started making small changes in my eating habits. These changes delivered great long-term results. I continued eating what I like, but I began to look for healthy options; most were surprisingly good, and now I enjoy eating them. For example, instead of drinking orange juice -including processed sugar- in the morning, I switched to eating an orange. I replaced sugar with Truvia, started drinking more water, and removed half and half from my morning coffee cup. On top of that, I set SMART goals that I stick to as much as possible. One of my SMART goals is to do 10K steps per day.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. — Vincent Van Gogh
Finally, the other thing that I did was that I started to move more. Cardio workout and dancing are some of my favorite hobbies, so I started doing it at least 30 minutes 5 days a week (I do it following workout youtube videos). In terms of exercise, starting with small steps becomes a great long-term strategy. I highly recommend trying to do something that you like, whatever works for you. If you could do at least 15 minutes every day, which means 100+ per week, and 3,900+ per year, you should see results, start small, and have a sustainable commitment that is achievable and delivers long-term results.
In conclusion, going for a diet to see short-term results is not going to allow sustainable long-term success. I am not saying that it is easy, but losing those extra pounds is possible if you put yourself in the right mindset, know how your body reacts with the types of food that you eat, and start with consistent small changes based on what works for you.