How many times you thought about starting a diet? How many of you have started one and stopped after a while? How many of you want to start it but feel a little bit lost and don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, here we will be posting some information that can be useful for most of you. First of all we are not professional nutritionists, but we both are very into learning and how we can improve ourselves. As a competitor I've consulted multiple nutritionists during my preparation. As with everything there are good ones and less good ones. Also a lot of information is publicly available, especially the information that is Scientifically proven. Regardless, you will notice that some advice just resonates worse or better with you and your body. On today’s post I will use me and my boyfriend as examples, so everything written here it is something that we both do or have done.
Before starting a diet there is one thing you really have to understand and start to accept, which is for durable results it is more about a way of living than a following a simple diet. You can't just diet to lose 5kg and after reaching that goal go back to your bad habits again. This is not the durable way to go, and certainly not a method we will discuss. Also, please forget about those crazy diets where you only take liquids and no solids, or only fruits the whole day, etc etc.. Of course you will lose weight, but as soon as you start eating normally again don’t be surprised if you suddenly gain more weight than you lost. Ask yourself one thing, what's the goal of losing 5kg for a specific date or event like a wedding or a prom for example and afterwards gaining it all back, throwing your efforts away? What if instead of trying to lose weight for a short period you keep doing it for the rest of your life?
No, I am not crazy and yes, you can do it. Some women gave birth and god knows how painful it must be, so don’t tell yourselves you can't have a healthier nutrition and lifestyle. Before continuing with the basic diet tips I would like to line up a few things:
-BE OPEN TO CHANGES AND DETERMINED TO START IT
The first steps are the hard ones but once you start it and you embrace it you will succeed. It will not be easy, but nothing in life is. You will fail but it is okay as long as you don’t quit. Every successful person has failed somewhere along their path, but they did not quit.
-DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS
We all tend to fail here as we all have compared ourselves to others especially to models, fitness personalities, etc etc. Don’t! We don’t start on the same place and we don’t all have the same difficulties or lifestyles. Each one of us has its own battle to fight so we can only compare ourselves to what we were yesterday. We all have different rhythms and you will have to learn and accept yours. And well if you really need to compare your progress with someone, do it with someone who started at the same time as you and don’t compare yourself to someone who has been dieting and exercising for years. It will only bring dissapointment and might kill your motivation.
-SET REALISTIC GOALS
You can read glossy magazines and wish to lose 5kg in a week.... It's not gonna happen. It's unreal and think about it for a second.. it would be unhealthy. Baby steps. Make achievable and realistic goals. Some of these proposed methods are plain unhealthy and some of them are just untrue. Losing 5 kg in a week by doing some crunches... that is just a story to sell. Most people don't want to read about the real sacrifice that sometimes is needed to get into shape, so a lot of magazines cater to this mindset and sell easy dreams. If you lose only 1kg a month that is perfectly fine, if you can lose 2 or 3 kg in a month it's also fine, but don’t gain them again the next month. Focus on the progress, not on a specific numeric goal. Again, don’t lose weight because you have a wedding next month, and back down after it. Continue. The more results you see, the more motivated and proud of yourself you will be.
-BE THE BLACK SHEEP
You settle this goal for yourself and you can't expect everybody to understand you. People will tell you that it is okay to eat that lasagne, to go out for drinks, to eat the cake. Yes, it is okay but not when you are starting to change your habits. If others can influence you by making you skip your “diet” you will never learn how to stand up and how to keep focus. Remind yourself that you are doing this for you and people tend to envy those who try. Remind yourself why you decided to start a diet, to change your view on nutrition and keep focus. When someone tries to make you fail you have to be strong enough and tell them “no!”.
-SHAKE YOUR BOOTY
Exercise. Choose one activity that you enjoy, it is easier if you start with something you like. Try running, swimming, volleyball, basketball, going to the gym (try weights it won't instantaneously turn you into a muscular freak), spinning classes, boxing etc. There are plenty of activities you can do. Don’t be afraid of trying, even if you think you don’t have the skills, just try. You never know and you might be surprised! Take a friend to join you as it probably helps with the commitment. Exercising combined with a healthy nutrition will make a huge difference, depending on your goals. You can lose weight or lose fat, which is not the same thing. Read More.
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