Consistency in weight loss
If one word was to be used to describe this era, I would use “INSTANT”! Everything has got to be instant, be it food, communication or weight loss! Weight loss is not coffee or fast food to be attained in an instant; it is to be earned, cherished and must linger on!
The consequences of excess weight are horrendous. Diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, degenerative arthritis and obstructive sleep apnea incidences are at an all-time high today. Besides these, incidences of cancer, depression, humiliation and loss of love have increased as well. Thus, the problem of excess weight is a clear and present danger for the individual and society at large.
So, how do you lose weight? – Instantly with bouts of excessive exercising and dieting or steadily with regular exercises, and proper eating habits? Rome wasn’t built in a day and no one ever lost a lot of body fat and kept it off without patience, perseverance and consistency.
The most successful fat loss programs are those that you can live with and integrate into your daily life. By this I mean that the changes should be such that you do not notice the difference at the best and don’t mind the change at the worst!
With 70% of the fat loss focused personal training that I do for clients, I tend to advise lower carbohydrate diets, but rarely if ever something as unmanageable as the zero carbohydrate diet. A zero carb diet initially seems to be okay, but is very difficult to sustain! Starving or trying to lose weight at a fast pace is never a wise idea, because invariably the weight you have lost will be regained faster.
So, if you are looking at long term results you need to make sure that the changes are not too difficult and do not take up a lot of your time and energy. Also, make sure it is not uncomfortable for people who support you like the person who is responsible for your meals and care.
The right method might take you a little longer to lose the un-budging fat, but it will have two advantages:
· The lost fat will stay lost for a longer time
· Healthy positive changes will become a way of life
To lose weight consistently, I would recommend the following:
· Exercise for at least 1 hour, for 6 days a week. You need to alternate aerobic exercises with weight training.
· Eat a healthy balanced diet. Make sure that you eat fruits and oats in the morning and after 6 in the evening avoid carbohydrates totally. Eat plenty of proteins instead.
· Practice pranayama every day for 20 minutes at least.
· Have a good night’s sleep of 8 hours every day.
This program should not be a regime for you, but should become a way of life. It is only natural that when you adhere to this way of life you don’t put on unnecessary weight. You should understand that this way of eating is not starving, but a choice of specific wholesome food which heals you from inside and regularizes the functions of your organs and thus body. Here, the food acts like medicine. Like the father of medicine Hippocrates says, ‘thy food is thy medicine’.
To maintain consistency you need to take a break from the monotony. Keep one day in a week which is your day off. That day you may eat what you want and do what you want – it’s a holiday. This will help you stay away from monotony and fatigue.
You might fumble or break down on the way, it is okay. The important part is to get back on track as soon as possible.
Failure is not falling down; but staying down, and refusing to come up! Keep up the spirit!! Let the good times roll!!!
Quoting Drew Barrymore, “I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.”
Mickey Mehta. The author is India’s Leading Holistic Health Guru
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