It Takes Time – Don’t Let Impatience Sabotage Your Weight Loss
It’s an annoying fact – gaining weight takes two seconds and very little effort, but losing it can take forever. It’s frustrating, particularly when you’re giving it your all and not cheating even a little bit (or maybe just a tiny bit). Even though you can’t wait to hit your goal weight, it helps to remember that losing weight is a biological process and the healthiest way to do it is slowly. Fast weight loss may give you an ego boost, but often equals temporary results, not the lifelong, slender health you are striving for. A positive attitude is more than half the battle, especially when the scale refuses to budge in the right direction. Here are some ideas to help you maintain yours.
Slow and Steady Wins the Bikini
According to the Mayo Clinic, the best rate of weight loss is around one to two pounds a week. More than that and you’re probably shedding water weight. Plus, you risk losing the lean tissue you want to hold onto, instead of fat calories. When your weight loss is so slow you want to scream, try remembering that the effects of weight loss are more far reaching than simply shrinking your waistline, instead.
Slow weight loss is not the same as no weight loss – or (heaven forbid) weight gain! As the pounds start to come off, your appearance begins to change in amazing ways. Your skin becomes clearer and your hair, more lustrous. The new, self-loving habits you’ve embraced of healthy eating and exercise combine to create a more vibrant, energetic you. As your energy level and self-esteem increase, so does the magnetism of your smile and the twinkle in your eyes. All of these things equal a more attractive you. Your weight loss may be slower than you would like it to be, but you still look great. So, don’t put your life on hold while you’re waiting to hit a magic number on the scale. Instead, incorporate these tips and tricks into your repertoire:
Dress Up Like It’s A Special Occasion, Everyday – Your life matters, every single day, whether you show up for it in style or not. Taking time to look your best, no matter what your weight, will help you maintain optimism and remind you that you’re worth the extra effort.
Ramp Up Your Efforts – Slow and steady weight loss is frustrating enough, but plateaus are also inevitable, despite your hard work and best efforts. When weight loss plateaus happen, The Mayo Clinic recommends revving up your work out or reducing your caloric intake by around 200 calories a day, as long as you don’t let yourself drop below a 1,200 calorie a day routine. Just as importantly, remind yourself that plateaus do not mean your weight loss has stalled forever, you’re still moving in the right direction, even if the scale is taking a little while to catch up to the new you.
Drink More Water – When you’re working on upping your metabolism and shedding pounds, water intake is a must. Drinking enough water will help you feel full, plus eliminate toxins. Some studies indicate that cold water burns calories faster, so don’t skimp on the ice cubes!
De-Stress While You’re Waiting to Weigh Less – Evil stress hormones, like cortisol, can inhibit weight loss. Calm your body and brain down with gentle stretching, yoga and other chill-out activities you love, from walking on the beach to swimming in the waves. The calmer you are, the better you’ll feel.
Strength Train – The more muscle mass you build, the more you up metabolism. A combination of cardio activity and strength training will help sync your body and brain plus, turn you into a fat burning machine.
Take a Good Look in the Mirror – Before you gulp, remember the scale can be deceiving, so forget it for a while. Take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror, lingering on the parts of your body you love, or at least, are learning to like a bit more. Maybe it’s the curve of your neck, brilliant smile or strong shoulders. Maybe it’s your competent hands or study, powerful legs. Always remember, no matter what, that you are more than a number on a scale.
Your weight loss may be slow, but it’s supposed to be. Don’t let that reality dissuade you from fighting the good fight. Maintain your optimism and good, healthy habits. The rest will follow.