The Inside Scoop on Weight Loss: It’s Hard (But it Can be Easier than You Think)

Follow my weight loss journey!

In college, trying to disguise my weight gain through loose-fitting clothing

First, A Little Background Story

Recently I was able to enjoy a day with an old college friend. I spent time lamenting to her that time, stress, injury, and poor planning had caught up with me, and I was back at my college weight (which was the heaviest I have ever been). While I'm technically still at a "healthy" weight, I know that my habits are going to catch up with me if I don’t make an effort to change. I have already become dissatisfied with my appearance, and can physically feel the effects of the extra pounds. Truthfully, when I was talking to her, I realized that I sounded a lot like the clients that come see me. I just needed some direction.

My Weight Loss Journey is Your Gain

That conversation led to my decision to embark on a health and weight loss journey throughout the next several months, and get myself back on track. In doing so, I’ll be sharing my experiences and insights with you, in the hope that you all can benefit from what I've learned. I’ll be tackling a plethora of different topics as I post, such as: how many calories to eat, how to track your progress, and if using tools like fasting or the ketogenic diet can help (spoiler alert: it depends). 

Where To Start? With Just One Step. And Then Another.

Yes, weight loss can be hard. But it can be much easier than you think, if you're prepared and know where to start.

First and foremost: SET A GOAL!

This is the fun part. Ask yourself these three things: Where do you want to be? When do you want to be there? And how will you know when you've gotten there?

Secondly: Find a way to  STAY ACCOUNTABLE!

Most people prefer to stay accountable to others, but self-accountability works, too.

And Thirdly, FIGURE OUT THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR YOU!

The right tools- what does this even mean?!? I have so many of these "tools" to share with you in future posts. But to start with, think about which weight-loss strategy (or strategies) would best fit your needs.

The Fourth, Final, and Most Important Step: START IMMEDIATELY.

If you set a future start date, not only your progress will be delayed until then, but you’ll also likely fall victim to the mentality of “I have to enjoy myself now because I won’t be able to soon.”

Another Personal Anecdote

This past Sunday, I found myself wandering the candy aisle at CVS thinking “I should buy myself something tasty today before I start.” I couldn’t decide what to buy, and realized it was because I didn’t want any of it. Yet I was just about to feed myself a bunch of sugar and calories that I didn’t need for no reason. This is an easy trap to fall into.

And it’s worse than you think. Not only does it mean that you probably will gain weight before you lose it (and then have more to lose), but it also makes it harder to start. The more you eat sugar, refined carbohydrates, and "junky" food in general, the more your body tends to crave those foods. Which means that binging on junk food before you change your eating habits will make it even harder to stick to those new habits

Go Ahead, Take the First Step to Regain Your Health!

Start as soon as you can. The quicker you start, the quicker you'll meet your goal! And you deserve to be where you want to be.

And of course, stay tuned for my future posts! Next up... The best approach to set your own health goal!

4 Comments

  1. Engaging blog post. I think a lot of us can relate to time (lack thereof) and stress derailing good habits. I know that many of my meals often consist of stuff the kids didn’t finish so when I’m looking to supplement, I reach for whatever junk is handy just to fill up.

    • Trent,
      I agree. A lot of people find that life gets in the way of healthy habits. Try picking one thing to focus on at a time to start. If you find that you’re reaching for junk because that’s what’s there, then find a way to keep non-junk closer. Put a bowl of clementines out on the counter next to the fridge, or keep a high-protein snack like roasted chickpeas or nuts in the front of your pantry. Then leave the chips etc in the back. I love the pre-packaged hard boiled eggs that they sell now because they’re a great way to nip hunger in the bud before it turns ravenous. I’ll work on a post that incorporates some more tips for this kind of situation, so be on the lookout 😎
      Amy

    • Peter,
      Food cravings can be caused by a few things. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger or food cravings, so reach for some water before giving into the tiramisu! Improper blood sugar regulation can also HUGELY contribute to food cravings- especially carbs. Another common culprit is the microbiome. An imbalance in the good and bad bacteria in your gut can lead to cravings. The bad bacteria really love sugar and refined carbs, and they have the ability to send many messages to your brain. And don’t forget about the emotional connection we have with food. Once it’s a comfort food, it’s hard to emotionally sever ties with a food. If you’re interested in figuring out a few strategies to overcome these obstacles, there are many options. Shoot me an email and we can talk! amy@smartnutritioncoaching.com
      Amy

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