To sustain your weight loss, DIET is VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT!
It is harder to maintain a healthy diet over a long period of time compared to sticking to an exercise regimen. But it is crucial that you make a healthy diet a — DAILY HABIT!
Otherwise, any amount of exercise will not make a difference! (Remember, we are talking about long term sustainable weight loss)
Have you heard of the term regarding weight loss that goes something like this?:
To be successful in losing weight- 30% is dependent on the exercise you do each day; 70% is dependent on what you put in your mouth (eat)!
Hence, your choice of diet has to fit the following few criteria:
- Fills you up (gives you a sense of feeling full)
- Has proper nutrition (e.g. includes plenty of meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts or phytonutrients etc.) and portion size
- Allows for certain cheat days (e.g. occasional indulgence of cake, dark-chocolate etc.) after reaching your ideal body weight.
- Adheres to the above and yet tastes yummy!
- Includes plenty of water
Your attitude towards your diet:
With a goal to have sustainable weight loss, the attitude towards your diet has to be firm. We know that there are plenty of temptations nowadays. There
are an abundance of cake and coffee shops, fast food restaurants that serve high calorie, high sugar, and high fat processed-food. The key is to be able to resist such temptations and learn to say ‘No!’ to the types of food that would sway you away from a healthy dietary habit!
Along my weight loss journey, I have adopted a high-protein, low carbohydrate type of diet as my choice of diet to sustain my weight loss effects. This is mainly because a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet is ideal for rapid weight loss. And I can sustain such a diet because I include food that I enjoy eating! (Check out some of the recipes of yummy, high protein, low carbohydrate dishes)
High protein food sources include meat, tofu, legumes, etc.; in addition, I consume a type of all plant protein powder (click here to find out more about discounts for this product) as well. Obviously, I tend to stay away from food with high carbohydrate content such as white rice, white bread, and other starchy type of food.
I allow myself a cheat day occasionally (not more than once a week), to indulge in items that I truly enjoy having (e.g. ice-cream, pizza/pasta, cookies etc.).
I also enjoy snacking, so snacking on healthy food occasionally throughout the day is also an important habitual change to have. Make sure you exclude sweet stuffs as your choice of snacks! (e.g. M&Ms, chips, cookies/biscuits, sweets etc.)
Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits all type of diet. My suggestion is to tailor your high-protein low carbohydrate diet towards a healthy-type of diet and gradually re-introduce some items that you constantly crave for. Be mentally strong and only consume cheat food once a week as a reward for your efforts. Do your best not to go over-board on your cheat-day! This will allow for a sustainable weight loss diet on the long term!
The other bottom-line is that losing weight takes discipline, but sustaining the weight loss long-term takes discipline & determination! You have to really be able to visualize the consequence of not being in good shape on the long run (e.g. imagine being diabetic and not being able to exercise because your leg has been amputated Or having a heart attack at the age of 35); On the flip-side or a more positive note, visualize all the benefits of being able to lead a healthy lifestyle (e.g. more attractive, more confidence, much better health and shape, have better stamina in almost everything you do!)
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