How to Lose Weight Without Suffering
|August 20, 2012||Posted by Selena under Fitness, Health, Tips|
Food is an integral part of society. Friends and families celebrate special events together or spend time with meals. Every holiday has its very own food event.
But when you’re limiting the things you eat, it will feel very depressing — it feels more like a punishment than some delayed gratification.
If you spend long, hard sessions at the gym and obsess with dieting, it can make for an unhappy lifestyle. But there’s a solution for that. Here’s how you can lose weight without much suffering.
Stop limiting foods you can eat, and eat half of it
If you don’t like a habit, or you’re getting depressed by it, you’re likely not gonna be doing it long-term.
Take a new approach and eat that delicious steak if you want. Because it hurts to force it upon willpower to avoid delicious food everytime you go to a social event. If only you can see that look on your face when everybody else is eating pork, cake, steak — and you’re not.
But here’s the catch: eat only half of what you normally eat. If you normally eat a whole steak, this time, cut it in half and put the rest in a doggy bag.
Stop categorizing food as good or bad.
All foods, good or bad, even the greasiest of cheeseburgers — is a blessing — and can be adapted into a balanced diet when moderately eaten.
This takes time and practice. Because you’ve gotten into a bad habit. You know, that thing you do when you see ice cream or hamburger — you know that thing, that thing you tell your brain everytime you see something delicious, “big juicy hamburger is bad for me… big juicy hamburger is bad for me… big juicy hamburger is bad for me… “
Yeah, that thing. That habit is making you miserable. Because your brain is telling you differently, “no! Hamburger is delicious! Hamburger is delicious! Hamburger is delicious!”
So you need to stop it.
Like I said, cut the burger in half, and give the rest to “Buddy” the labrador. Don’t obsess over the effect of what you’re eating. Allow yourself to make guilty pleasures without, well, guilt. Avoiding your favorite dessert will only make you crave for more ice cream and cake.
When you can have atleast half of what you want, cravings won’t dominate your mind anymore.
Pick exercises you enjoy.
Research shows that you need a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day, but nowhere does it say you have to lift heavy objects or stare at a treadmill belt.
You can get to your target exercise daily by enjoying fun stuff like dancing, playing with kids, riding your bike, hiking, chasing your dog or even just strolling in the park.
Remember, if an exercise is not fun, then you won’t be able to do it long-term.
Burn that clock and let your body tell you when it’s time to eat instead.
Listen and feel your body, your body will tell you when it’s hungry. Then eat until you’re not hungry anymore, not full. Don’t get stuffed, eat only until you don’t feel hungry anymore. It’s better to eat six small meals a day rather than three big ones.
Eat again the next time you’re hungry, no matter what time of day it is, even if it’s 3am. And stop when you’re not hungry anymore — not full. Never stuff yourself or let your body starve.
Learn how to cook. Losing weight is done in the kitchen, not in the gym.
Cooking is fun. Plus, you can modify every recipe perfectly to you liking. Take cooking classes, learn new recipes, try out exotic foods. Plus, this will make your family a lot happier.
So there you have it. Do these tips and you’ll surely be a lot happier and feel much better about yourself. This really works. These tips will really make you lose weight without much suffering — because suffering sucks.
Still want more tips? Then here are basic workout alternatives you can incorporate in your daily life.