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Today’s question is from Amis she writes: I am 53 years old and I have been on a diet for most of my life, last year after a stressful time at work and home, I decided to go on another diet using prepackaged foods, I did great! I lost 45 pounds in about six months. But now the weight is returning. I have already regained about 30 pounds back this year so far. What can I do?
We’ve all been there we worked so hard to restrict our calories, complete insane workout plans, and gave up hanging out with our family and friends because we didn’t want to mess up, we endured that loneliness because being on a constant diet creates a lonely life. Still, the promise of getting into those skinny jeans, bathing suits, or sleeveless dresses helps to get through the loneliness.
After all that effort and deprivation, the weight returns with a vengeance. And with it all the fears-self-doubt and self-hatred we feel for ourselves and our bodies, those feelings overtake us like a runaway train and what do we do to make ourselves feel better we eat.
You are not alone; research shows that “By some estimates, 80% of people who successfully lose at least 10% of their body weight will gradually regain it to end up as large or even larger than they were before they went on a diet.”
Let me share five tips that will help you make progress on your wellness journey. These tips will help you to begin your weight loss journey naturally without a crazy diet or any deprivation.
- Stop Dieting: any diet will help you to lose weight but maintaining such a stringent eating protocol is not possible for most of us. Stop dieting and learn how to enjoy your life and use food as fuel, not comfort.
- Forgiveness: forgive yourself for all the times you have tried to lose weight. You can begin by simply creating a “list of the qualities you like about yourself, including your strengths and skills. Journaling your strengths can help boost your self-confidence when you’re feeling down about a mistake you made.” Because you are more than just your dress size.
- Heal: So many of us jump on diets for special occasions, health concerns, or because we think losing weight will fix everything in our lives. Only to find that it doesn’t work that way, learning to love your body just the way it is will help you to treat it with absolute care and adoration.
- Meal prep: Meal prep isn’t just for athletes; decide what you are going to eat each day, just write it down on a piece of paper, shop for all the ingredients, and prepare and pack your food. That’s it, choose foods that you enjoy, eat slowly and enjoy the experience.
- Exercise: find some movement you enjoy and do it 30 minutes every day, better yet do it with a partner so that you can keep each other motivated.
You probably know this but dieting alone is not going to make your dreams come true.
True health and wellness are about loving and celebrating yourself, regardless of how you look.
Try eating whole foods, incorporating some exercise into your day, and incorporating daily self-care; these simple tools will boost your self-confidence and remind you every time you look into the mirror that no matter where you are right now you are enough.
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