So you’ve decided to lose weight, started exercising, and made some changes to your diet. You’ve lost a lot of weight but you still have those last five stubborn, annoying kilograms to lose! Fear no more mein freund, help is on the way.
First thing’s first:
You need to ask yourself if you really need to lose more weight. Often times people (mostly young women) perceive that they need to lose extra weight, whereas in reality they look just fine. Your bench mark should not be celebrities or models you see in the media. Get the honest opinion of your loved ones around, if they honestly tell you that you don’t need to lose weight, then maybe they’re right.
Look at your diet, again:
The diet changes you’ve made at the beginning of your journey may only have been enough to take you this far. Here are six things you should consider right now:
1) Reduce meat and chicken intake to once a week or less. Animal protein is way overrated, and you don’t need a fraction as much as you think you do. Reduce animal protein and you’ll body will reward you with more health and fat loss.
2) Reduce dairy intake to no more than once a week. Not convinced? Read this, probably the best thing you can do for your health!
3) Reduce the Three Big Ones; rice, bread and pasta. “Ouch!” you say? My response is do you want to lose the weight or not? At the very least, do not have any of them for dinner.
4) Don’t eat less! Please please don’t fall into the once a day meal trap. Have a healthy intake of calories spread over regular small meals a day.
5) Have a daily green juice. The benefits of having one of those are so powerful that if I mentioned them all here this blog would implode and cause your screen to disappear into another dimension. Just trust me on this. Just blend cucumber, apple, and lots of green leaves (parsley, coriander, rocket, etc.); and add to that a tablespoon of wheatgrass powder (source Alia Alomayed’s blog). Personally, I never start the day without one.
6) You might actually just need to eat less. Maybe reducing the amount of food you’re eating by say 5% to 10% might be all that is needed. Remember, slight hunger is okay, but never starve yourself.
There are plenty of replacements:
Reducing meat, dairy and the Big Three might be daunting at first but there are tons of replacements. My diet consists largely of green vegetables, salads, beans and pulses, homous and other goodies – with the occasional seafood mixed in. Use your good old friend Mr. Google to help you find mouth watering vegan and lean recipes.
Is your exercise regiment sufficient?
You might need to exercise more. Your body may have adjusted to your workout routine and maybe all you need is to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing. Conversely, you might be exercising too much, and your body might be storing fat as a self-defence mechanism.
Finally, you might just need to change the type of exercise you’re doing. What ever you do, it must have a mix of cardio and resistance training.
Finally, are you getting enough sleep? An hour of sleep before midnight is twice as beneficial than an hour of sleep after midnight. So it’s not just the amount of sleep you get that is important (seven hours please), but when you go to bed matters a lot too. Try to be in bed before 11 pm.
Remember, it’s about health, not weight loss:
Your overall objective should be to become healthier. Weight loss is a means to an end. If your focus is just on weight loss, then you might do things that will make you lose weight, but reduce your health. Please don’t do anything to put your health at risk, it’s just not worth it. You only have one body, take good care of it.
Need more help? Consider visiting your nearest DreamBody Centre.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and talk to you soon.