Attitudes toward weight and body shape can vary widely for many reasons. Everything from gender to race to the country where a person lives can play into how a person perceived their own body image and how they pursue weight loss programs. Everyone should incorporate meal planning into their routine, increase physical activities once energy begins to increase, and recognize that there are consequences to starvation methods and poor eating habits as well as “magic pills” and “pink drinks”.
For many years, blood tests have been the primary tool for identifying disease and other unhealthy imbalances in the body. The blood chemistry of a person is evaluated using a metabolic panel test, the results of which can give a glimpse of the person’s overall health. For example, if an individual’s cholesterol is too high it is an indicator of poor cardiovascular health. If a person’s uric acid is too high, this can be an indicator of heart disease and overall poor health. Using proper plant-based substances, a person can address their blood chemistry and begin to control things such as sugar spikes, craving sweets, cholesterol levels, and healthy liver function. The better a person’s blood chemistry the higher the likelihood they will have maximum longevity, optimal health, and success in their weight management program by reducing the desire to overeat or make poor food choices.
Meal planning then becomes the next key element in the pursuit of weight loss. Weight loss occurs when a person consumes less and expends more energy. Once someone has begun to eat nutrient dense foods, this will help a person feel less hungry, they can begin to make better food choices. However, they also must know what foods are best to consume for optimal results. This is where incorporating meal planning into their weight loss program can help a person stay on track with healthy eating patterns, as well as proper daily caloric intake and macronutrients. Part of a person’s daily meal planning should include drinking half of their body weight per day in ounces of water as this will give their body the proper amount of hydration as well as help to curb their appetite.
The next step in the success of a weight loss journey is incorporating daily physical activity, not just in the form of weight loss, but receiving the added benefit of being able to consume more as a result, which may lead to more satisfaction from eating. By starting slowly and setting attainable exercise and fitness goals along the way, a person can achieve lasting results and an increased ability to maintain their weight loss in a healthy manner. Even by starting slowly, a person can benefit greatly from an increase in daily activity. A good starting point is for a person to balance their day is with a goal of 2,000 steps and gradually increasing that to 10,000 steps per day. This goal requires minimal effort but may have a great impact on the person’s success.
A recent study pointed out that many people who are attempting to lose weight might develop eating disorders, especially college age women. This is why it is especially important for anyone attempting to lose weight to understand that successful weight loss and long-term weight management is the result of the culmination of short-term decisions. It comes from the modification of nutrition in addition to exercising to increase the metabolism and burn fat, while building lean muscle.
To be successful on a weight loss plan it is imperative to incorporate properly all elements of nutrition, and physical activity. By doing so, a person is much less likely to fall victim to eating disorders and other issues that can develop due to their unhappiness with the weight and shape of their own body and achieve long-term weight management success.
My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!