For many of us, our weight defines how we feel about ourselves and how the world perceives us! Sounds superficial, yet sadly true! Our body image tends to dictate our confidence levels, how we interrelate with others, and how we feel in our day-to-day life. Then again, apart from the aesthetics point of view, shedding unwanted body weight promises a surge of self-assurance and self-confidence; and once you’ve gotten rid of all those unsightly kilos and reached your goal size you will see a whole host of health benefits coming your way as well!
We are stuck in one stereotype thought process that if we zip our mouth and exercise more, we will lose weight. We think deprivation and aggression is the answer to a weight loss journey. Honestly, I do not blame anyone because I have believed this for as long as I can remember. No doubt you get results for a bit but then it stagnates. Cravings, hunger, energy level issues, erratic sleep and mood swings become regular. Even if we ignore these body cues and keep pushing our body, we see the opposite happening and that is weight increase! Apart from all my learnings in weight loss, one of the most important one has been about the significance of protein for weight loss! How did I miss this? It can help on so many levels, which makes fitness and wellness a lifestyle choice. Did you know that we keep eating carbs till we make up for the protein content that the body needs? Yes! It needs this protein for several reasons and the body keeps asking for it and instead of consuming protein, we go all out on carbs!
Have you heard a common theme in people’s New Year’s resolution around weight loss? It is a drastic - ‘I will not to do all this’ list! The list itself sounds so high on deprivation and having will power that we know it won’t last too long. No wonder around the globe, we see high traffic in gyms and workout classes from January to March and then it starts trickling downwards very soon. The reason we make such plans is because we are desperate to see results soon and actually at an unhealthy speed so comes in the yo-yo issues, hunger and cravings going haywire, energy drop and disturbed sleep pattern. Well, the most important thing is that after all this, sure you might drop some kilograms but you will stagnate, put it on and have to do this all over again. Sustainable weight loss actually is a function of small steps. I am such a huge believer of small steps for any kind of growth and especially weight or inches loss. I have got results with clients on their goals by always focusing on the small steps. So here I will share some small steps that I have done (an ex-yo yo weight gainer and loser myself) that has helped me sustain and constantly grow in the area of fitness and wellness
Ensuring that your sodium levels are in check will keep your body healthy in the long run. But if you're feeling bloated and seem to have put on a few pounds, excessive amount of sodium consumption could be the reason. Let’s break it down and understand. Salt is a universal and a classic ingredient and needs to be a part of every dish and cuisine! Its key ingredient is sodium. Conversely, it gets exhausting to understand the grave repercussions linked to excessive sodium intake and trying to figure out your daily salt consumption.
Depending upon your personality, social life and where you live, there is a chance that you might be gaining weight at a particular time of the year. Many of us crave sugary and indulgent things in winter. While many others, tend to overdo energy drinks and let go of diets during summer months. Monsoon seasons makes it difficult to step out. Extreme weather also discourages many from exercising regularly. While some seasonal food is extremely delicious and nutritious, overeating some seasonal produce can also lead to weight gain. Irrespective of your personality and season of concern, it is possible to avoid this periodic weight gain.
The rise of obesity as a global epidemic has given birth to a cottage industry that supposedly helps you lose weight. Such diets may emphasize certain nutrients and completely leave out others. They may help out with weight loss but you won’t be able to function well on a day-to-day basis and will likely put back the weight you lost.