By Jason Lewis strong well.org
For someone fighting obesity, getting healthier is a big goal, and there’s no denying that it can be a challenge. If you have tried diets and failed or tried to incorporate exercise into your life and didn’t see results, it may be that your approach to weight loss has been too limited. There is no magic formula, but more research shows that taking daily actions that are wellness-focused is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.
The reality is that diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to fight obesity. According to a Time magazine story, researchers have tried to pinpoint what people have in common who lose weight and keep it off. What they have found is that there wasn’t just one thing that each person did right. Instead, those who were successful at fighting obesity made a variety of lifestyle changes that they continued to stick with over time. To make these lifestyle changes, all of these components need to become a part of your everyday routine:
Finding a Workout Routine You Enjoy
Exercise isn’t the only thing needed to get weight under control, but it is an important part and is essential to getting healthier. If you have struggled to find exercise you really enjoy, try these ideas:
● Be open to trying something new. Think about things that bring you joy in regular life, and try an exercise class that fits those interests. If you like music and dance, try a free-form dance session. It’s a great workout no matter your fitness level.
● Get a workout buddy. Exercise is more fun with a friend, and a buddy helps keep you accountable. Even on days when you don’t feel like it, you might be more motivated to hit the gym so you don’t let your friend down. n general, you will have more long-term success by integrating healthy, balanced meals into your everyday life.
Eating a Balanced Diet
In general, you will have more long-term success by integrating healthy, balanced meals into your everyday life.
● Eat minimally processed whole foods, with a focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy. Limit sugary drinks, refined grains, red meat and processed meats. Use these as general guidelines for your everyday diet, and focus on what you can eat, not what you can’t.
● Learn how to prepare meals at home and set up your kitchen so you have the tools you need. You don’t need fancy gadgets to prepare nutritious meals, but it is essential that you have the basics such as a good knife set for cutting fruits and vegetables.
● Try using a food delivery service. Many of these services offer healthy options, and since they deliver pre-portioned ingredients, it’s easier to lose weight.
● Work with the knowledgeable and dedicated team at Core Nutrition Specialists for expert advice and support.
Caring for Your Oral Health
If your mouth is unhealthy, you may be avoiding eating healthy food like fruits and vegetables in favor of processed foods that are softer and easier to eat, which can lead to weight gain. Get your dental health under control by brushing and flossing regularly and scheduling yearly checkups and cleanings at your dentist.
Did you know that crooked teeth are tougher to clean than straight teeth? Fortunately, teeth aligners can help straighten misaligned teeth. Instead of using traditional orthodontic treatments (i.e., braces or Invisalign) to correct this issue, there are quite a few at-home aligners on the market which typically cost less and work quicker. For example, Straight My Teeth is an affordable and effective option, while Straight Teeth Direct costs a little more but offers hands-on treatment, and you’ll use an app to share your monthly progress with a dentist.
Getting Plenty of Rest
Not getting enough sleep affects your health and your weight-loss goals in multiple ways. According to Shape, not getting enough sleep reduces the benefits of eating right, makes you feel hungrier and drains you of the energy needed to exercise. On top of that, lack of sleep also makes it harder for your body to build muscle, and your goal with exercise is to build muscle to replace fat. For all of these reasons, prioritizing sleep is just as crucial to weight loss, and your overall wellness goals, as eating right and exercising.
Addressing Mental Health Disorders
What’s going on in your brain is just as much a part of obesity as the food that goes into your body. Obesity is associated with a number of mental health disorders, including depression and eating disorders. The relationship between depression and obesity goes both ways, with each influencing the other. Taking care of your mental health, whether you see a therapist, engage in self-care to manage symptoms, or a combination of the two, is absolutely essential to your overall well-being and fighting obesity. Studies have shown that taking a holistic approach to mental health through activities like mindfulness can be extremely helpful in changing obesity-related eating behaviors.
For anyone who is struggling with obesity, it’s important to understand that your wholeself is involved: mind, body and soul. Given that there isn’t just one factor that causes obesity, it doesn’t help to change only one factor in your life and expect results. When you change your overall lifestyle and focus on wellness in every aspect of life, you are tackling all of the factors involved.
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Thanks to the author Jason Lewis who kindly wrote this post and gave permission to post. Check out the website to find out more holistic and lifestyle information and therapies at http://strongwell.org