Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nurse. Please consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet or exercise program.
While focusing solely on your weight is not healthy, it is important to manage your weight properly. Instead of doing fad diets, it is important to focus on long-term health. Your health is not about a number on the scale. It is about nutrition, exercise, and your overall health. If you take care of your health, your weight will take care of itself, in most cases.
Being overweight is very challenging on your body. It is hard on your heart, your joints, and on your overall health.
1. Balance your hormones.
For example, if your thyroid is under-active, you can do everything you want, and you will not be able to lose weight. If your hormones are not balanced, it’s important to do so. If you are unsure, go to a trusted doctor for blood work.
2. Focus on healthy and delicious REAL food that you can eat.
The biggest mistake you can make is to go on a crazy diet where you drink water and eat two kinds of food. You will get frustrated or burned out quickly. While focusing on healthy eating may not sound promising or glamorous, it is an investment in your health.
Please don’t fall for the “healthy” freezer meals from the store. They are packed with salt, huge amounts of unhealthy fats, and empty calories.
3. Eat at home instead of eating out.
Yes, cooking a healthy meal takes time. It also takes time to drive to a restaurant, wait for a table, wait for the server, wait for your food, wait for the server to bring you your tab, and wait to receive your change or your credit card.
In restaurants, portions are huge, and most of the meals are not made from scratch. You are paying someone else to heat up a frozen or pre-made meal for you.
Eat simple, healthy meals cooked at home from real food. That food will contain more nutrition and will leave you satisfied.
4. Limit your sugar intake.
White sugar is a very processed sweetener with empty calories. When you eat candy and baked goods made of white sugar, you are ingesting many calories that will deplete nutrition from you body. For more information, take a look at my articles 9 Ways to Eat Less Sugar and 3 Ways to Sweeten Your Food without Sugar.
Most people think they can lose weight just by changing how they eat. Food does play a huge role in weight management, and exercise does as well. It is almost impossible to be healthy and to manage your weight while being sedentary. Go here to learn more benefits of exercise.
6. Stop eating after 6 pm.
An early dinner will help you to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal and digest it before bedtime. Eat enough so that you will not need another meal or snack before bed. Eating late at night leads to not sleeping well, and not sleeping well will often cause you to eat more the next day.
Another reason for not eating late at night is that most snacking is unhealthy (chips, cookies, gummy bears, and the list goes on).
7. Seriously a 9-day total body reset.
I have personally done this many times with excellent results. It’s a way to kick-start your healthy eating and exercising habits. It also helps to begin to remove store toxins from your body. Often times, these store toxins are causing weight gain.
If you are serious about managing your weight, it’s important to take action quickly so that your health does not continue to suffer. The longer you wait, the worse the issue becomes. Just fill out this short questionnaire, and I will respond to you within 24 hours with a personalized recommendation.
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