A lot of controversies comes to the fore whenever issues concerning weight loss are raised. Such issues like what is the best way to go about it? – is it by dieting or by exercising? However, research has shown that there is no one best way to go about weight loss as there is no “one size fits all” approach to it. It is an all-encompassing realm of discussion that entails a lot of consideration from nutrition, to habitual living, exercising, personal image, mental health, and so on.
While opinions about how to go about weight loss exist which are largely subjective and bias, for individuals to go past this means developing behavioural patterns suitable for healthy living, fitness goals, and effective nutritional needs.
Hence, contained herein are behavioural patterns you can inculcate for a healthy weight loss experience.
• Realize where you stand
This is the first step to achieving any weight loss goals. This is being intentional and deliberate. You can’t achieve anything or else you realize what your position is about the decision you want to take concerning weight loss. Are you sure you are ready to embark on your weight loss journey? Are you convinced you have all it takes to achieve this goal too? These two questions are crucial as it opens up your mind to evaluate your readiness for the task you want to embark upon. Once you are sure you won’t chicken out of the process, go ahead with a workable plan as touching dieting and exercise.
• Set realistic goals
This is also important as you deliberately sketch out the goals you have in mind. Is it that two months from now you want to be able to wear size 40 jeans? Or you want to be able to cycle around your small neighbourhood with your bicycle? Set weight loss goals that capture your reality and not someone else’s. Ensure your plan is feasible, workable, and realistic. For instance, a goal like “I’d like to shed 50kg in a week” is not realistic. Also, embrace diet plans that you can cope with. By now, you should be aware that there’s the need to cut back on carbs and a high-calorie diet, hence, your diet plan should also take this into consideration. As touching the workout plan, start with a plan that is not too rigorous at first then gradually immerse yourself into it. Talk to a professional and don’t jump blindly at any plan.
• Identify possible setbacks and deal with them
Only you know what could destabilize your goals. You know you have unchecked feeding habits that can alter your plans and make your goals unrealizable. What you need to do is point them out. If there are cravings, snacks, and beverages you habitually munch on unconsciously, identify them. Now, consciously determine to deal with these habits as they can snowball into setbacks that can upset your weight loss goals.
• Regulate the proportion of food intake
What you gulp down during meals can affect your weight loss goals. Remember that you are what you eat; so, the proportion of food you take must be consciously rationed. You just have to be deliberate about it. It’s not going to be an easy decision that is why you must be sure you want to do this. So, cut down on the ratio and keep your voracious hunger lever at bay.
• Eat mindfully
Some people can eat even in their sleep – it’s that bad. They have no control over what enters into their mouth. Such people cannot achieve weight loss goals. It’s quite certain. It’s one thing to set a goal, it’s another thing to consciously work towards achieving that goal. So, work with your plan. Cut back on any impulsive feeding habit. Have a diet plan that states clearly what you’d eat and when you’d eat what you want to eat and in what proportion. This is essential to achieve healthy weight loss goals.
• Determine to be discipline
This centres on both exercising and nutrition. If you’ve chosen to become a vegan, for instance, tilt your mind to follow through with the plan. Determine not to skip workout sessions. It’s actually possible but only if you set your mind towards it.
• Track progress
This is also a behavioural pattern you have to inculcate. It’s good to always track progress as if serves as a positive reinforcement strategy. When you are making progress with the plan, you are happy to continue because you can see a positive result. If on the other side the result is not what you expect it to be. Be challenged to intensify effort towards achieving your goals.
• Motivate yourself to forge ahead
When the going gets tough, motivate yourself to move ahead. Never acknowledge the reasons why you should chicken out of the plan.
Inculcating these behavioural patterns is quintessential for progress on your journey to achieving healthy weight loss goals.