Obesity is the cause of a number of health problems like cholesterol, hypertension, heart diseases etc. and obesity is a sign of an unhealthy lifestyle, which is not a good idea in the long run, both physically and emotionally. If you feel that you should change your lifestyle for the sake of yourself or your family, it’s a big step and we commend you for that because the first step is realizing that you need to make changes. It’s important to note that sticking to a healthy lifestyle is a commitment, it will require you to make a lot of difficult choices but the results are worth it.
First and foremost, decide your goals, list down whatever it is that you’re hoping to achieve out of this lifestyle.
Make sure your goals are realistic and award yourself in little ways every time you hit a milestone. The next step is the difficult one; it’s time to get rid of all the junk food in your fridge and pantry and to replace it with healthier alternatives. Similarly, cut out the amount of takeout you eat, especially processed foods and meats like burgers etc. they are full of numerous chemicals that affect both your mind and your body. You don’t have to cut out sugar and carbs entirely out of your diet, that’ll only lead to weakness. Just use healthier alternatives. Substitute sweet tooth cravings with fruits and protein shakes rather than ice cream etc. Planning your meals beforehand will also help in keeping you on the right track, there are numerous online blogs and forums that teach you how to plan and prepare healthy meals in bulk beforehand.
Try to cut out other unhealthy habits in your lifestyle. If you happen to be a smoker, try to quit because the long term effects of smoking are especially damaging to your health. Similarly, cut down on the amount of alcohol you consume. People who drink regularly are more likely to make unhealthier choices.
Exercising is another important part for a healthy lifestyle. You shouldn’t have to force yourself to go running or to the gym if you don’t like it, since forcing yourself will only decrease your motivation. There are plenty of other alternatives to choose from, you can take Zumba, kick boxing, spin class etc. anything that helps you break out a sweat and releases endorphins counts. Regular exercising will deal with lethargy and laziness, will help to burn off excessive calories and will keep you in a better mood throughout the day.
Make sure you’re surrounded by the right people that will encourage your new lifestyle. A strong support system is necessary if you’re looking to maintain your new lifestyle. If you binged or had a cheat day, it’s alright. You’re going to make mistakes every now and then, however, you can’t take that as a sign to throw in the towel. The road to a healthier lifestyle is a difficult one that requires patience and persistence to reap its long term benefits and rewards.