It's all well and good to lose 10kgs in 5 weeks by some extreme biggest loser style dieting and exercising regime but the question is can you keep it off? Who really wants to lose the weight for a party and then put it all back on a few months later? It really makes no sense to me.
The only way you will ever lose weight and keep it off forever is if you make a change to your lifestyle. Now I'm not the fun police here. Everyone panics when I say this because change is scary and the thought of giving up the nightly chocolate binge or glass of wine seems unreasonable. What I want to tell you is that you do these things to feel better, they make you feel good for a little while, to feel some form of relief, to de-stress or to just forget the day or the problem on your mind. The funny thing about that is though is that these things actually make you feel worse in the long run so there is actually no form of relief.
Alcohol for instance is a depressant. It slows down the activity in your nervous system in other words it makes you depressed. So if you drink a few beers every night or a few glasses of wine it actually has a roll on effect into the next day. You wake up hungover, dehydrated, depressed, tired and foggy. The next day is long and you can not wait to get home to have your next hit of relief and so on. Same with chocolate and lollies. There is such a thing as a sugar hangover. It makes you feel really lethargic, depressed and unmotivated the next day. Some of you may not be aware of it because you eat so much sugar everyday that you don't know how good your body actually feels without it.
Everything in moderation is key. You still include these things in your life just not everyday. If only you all knew how good your body is made to feel. Exercising and eating well not only makes you lose weight it also changes your way of thinking, your hormone levels and chemical make-up. Changing your lifestyle is the best cure for depression, lack of motivation and general health and well-being.
I'm a health and fitness expert now but my lifestyle never used to be so healthy. In my teenage years and early twenties I was a packet a day smoker. I used to wake up in the morning and my breakfast was 2 instant coffees with 2.5 teaspoons of white sugar and 3 cigarettes. Exercise was never a top priority or even really on my agenda. I'd eat one meal per day which was usually whatever was cheap including things like hot chips and gravy sandwiches or two minute noodles. I'd drink a lot of instant coffee, redbull and I'd eat Allens lollies to give me sugar hits when my energy was low. I dabbled in my fair share of party drugs and alcohol for a few years and would really feel so depressed days after partying. I actually don't even know why I did it.
I had no goals, I had very low self-esteem, no confidence in myself at all and just worked to get by really. One day I just got sick of feeling so bad both mentally and physically. When I started exercising regularly with a friend that was a personal trainer my whole life changed. I gave up smoking, hardly ever drank any more, started eating properly, even started a small business to fix my money situation. I felt more in control than ever. Happier than I had ever been and had become someone I was proud of. Not just because I was fit and healthy but with that comes everything else. I want that for everyone. I want you to realise how good you are made to feel. I want everyone to realise their full potential. A healthy mind and body will always lead to a healthy and fulfilling life. How can it not.
When you change your lifestyle to include healthy food, more activities outdoors, less alcohol and more relaxation your body has no choice but to eventually catch on. You will then lose the weight you want or become fitter because you are able to be consistent with it and maintain it. You want to find exercise you enjoy and incorporate it into your life so it does not become a chore. When it becomes a chore of course you lose motivation. It's the same with food. How can calorie counting or starving yourself be enjoyable? All you think about and dream about the whole time is chocolate and cake because you are not allowed to have it. You always want what you can't have. So everything in moderation. Enjoy good food, wine and lazy days but balance it out with more healthier food days and regular exercise.
My advice to anyone going through a lifestyle change whether that be to lose weight, to be healthier and fitter or even just drinking less it's baby steps at a time. You can not go from 0-100 in a week. Slow and steady wins the race. Make small changes everyday that will lead you to the big change and big goal. Be sure to celebrate every milestone along the way and always continue to look forward.