There’s this myth that in order to make progress in weight loss you have to be miserable, tired and hungry- and I just want to set the record straight. Weight loss absolutely does not have to suck, and you can make excellent progress while enjoying balance in nutrition, exercise, and life.
One of the best things you can do if you’re looking to lose weight is to plan ahead! Write down your goals (you’re much more likely to achieve them that way) and make sure they’re SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based). Once you’ve decided on your goals, make a plan (hiring a coach can be really helpful for this if you can afford it), execute the plan, and stick with it!
A well thought-out plan will include some of your favorite foods and exercises. Having meals and workouts that you look forward to is a great way to ensure that you will adhere to them. If you don’t like lifting weights, then don’t. If you don’t like running, then don’t. There are plenty of ways to get exercise such as group classes, dancing, biking, yoga, etc.
There are also plenty of strategies you may want to avoid wasting your time on. You do not need to cleanse, detox, restrict yourself into oblivion, or whatever they like to call it these days. Losing weight too rapidly can be extremely taxing on your body and is not medically advised in most cases. On the other hand, losing weight too slowly can be very demotivating and frustrating.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: the best diet and exercise protocols are ones that you can adhere to!! Set yourself up for success! Reaching your goals will require daily action and effort, so don’t make it harder than it needs to be. It’s always good to continue to reassess your goals as you execute your plan, because goals change, circumstances change, and feelings change- that’s life!
When implementing a lifestyle change, it’s important to note that there are ways to make good choices with nutrition and physical activity even if you don’t have time to meal prep or train at the gym that day. It’s up to you to take control of your health!
As the saying goes, “in between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed” (Sid Caeser) – aka don’t forget to enjoy the in between when you’re putting in the work!
-Katy Hair, RD, LDN, CPT