For a lot of people, weight loss is a huge problem that they just can’t seem to overcome.
This can be for a lot of different reasons.
Some of it could be hereditary, as there are people that just have a hard time losing weight, but can easily put weight on.
They could also lack motivation, because they don’t have anything pushing them to lose weight.
They might also not be in the right mindset to lose weight; for instance, they want to lose weight, but they don’t want to commit to the difficult lifestyle changes they would have to make to lose the weight and keep the weight off.
Where To Start
A lot of experts in the field say that a diet, that is, what you eat, is the number one thing you have to change if you want to have any lasting weight loss success.
Exercise is important, but you cannot out exercise a bad diet.
If you keep on eating lots of weight gaining carbohydrates, there is no amount of cardio or strength training in the world that will keep those pounds off.
Ironically, a good way to sum this up is that you can’t have your cake and eat it too; you can’t eat whatever you want and not gain weight.
So experts recommend that you take small steps when changing your diet. If you try to change your diet too quickly then you are more likely to fail.
Fad diets like “no carbs for 30 days” are dangerous because your body craves what you’ve suddenly deprived it of.
Experts recommend that you start small; limit your carbs for 30 days, don’t eat carbs after 7 PM, etc.
You can also start to slowly incorporate exercising into your new lifestyle.
Use the word lifestyle because that’s what this new you is; a lifestyle. It’s not a fad or an experiment.
If you truly want to lose weight and keep it off, you will need to make permanent changes. Start small with exercise.
Go for short walks.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Then, after some time, start jogging.
Or ride your bike to work.
Do what you have to do to get the doctor-recommended 30 minutes of daily activity in.
From here, you may notice that the healthier alternative becomes your default.
That’s a great place to be at.
The downside is that your brain, chock full of carbs and bad habits, will resist.
It’s amazing what kind of effect carbs have on the brain. Once you start reducing your carb intake, your brain will start craving them, almost like an addiction. Your brain will try to get you to reward yourself with carbs after a good workout.
Now, while some carbs are good after a workout, they have to be the good kind.
So chips, pop, candy, sugar – those don’t do your body any good. You need better carbs that will release energy over time and not all at once.
The toughest hurdle here will be mental focus.
You’re going to want to quit when you don’t see results. You’re going to want to quit when you haven’t had sugar for a few days. But you have to be strong.
You have to dig deep and find the motivation that will drive you forward and keep you focused on your goal. But how do you do this?
How do you get mentally focused?
How Do I Get Mentally Focused?
The number one easiest way to get mentally focused and ready to start, maintain, and stay on a new lifestyle is through an easy-to-implement process called meditation.
As silly as it sounds, and with the mental image of a bunch of guys sitting around in a circle humming looks, meditation is the easiest way to get your mind engaged and focused on your task.
You have to have something positive to latch onto, because weight loss, especially at the beginning, is a tough task. Like was stated before, your brain is going to resist the change and do whatever it can to fight against it.
That’s where meditation is such a great tool to have in your repertoire.
You just need to set aside some time every day, probably between 10 and 20 minutes, where you can sit and focus in a quiet space and really get into the meat of the issue.
During this time, you need to be perfectly honest with yourself and ask yourself questions about the why behind your lifestyle change.
For instance, ask yourself why you want to lose weight.
These are all valid things to want.
To that end, focus on how you will look when you lose weight. How you will feel when you’ve lost weight. What you will do with your time, because you want to live longer.
Essentially, what you’re doing is setting up goals and motivating yourself with the end result.
When Should I Meditate?
In all honesty, you can meditate any time, but experts recommend, if you can only meditate once a day, meditate in the morning.
This way, your positivity will stay with you all day and give you something to lean on when you feel weak and a box of donuts is staring you in the face.
If you can meditate twice, then add one in at the end of the day.
The morning meditation will be to help you get through the cravings the day will bring, while the evening meditation will be a time for reflection on how your day went.
You can also use it to reward yourself, mentally of course, on how you didn’t give in to temptation.
The road towards weight loss is a long and bumpy one, fraught with pitfalls and perils that some might have a hard time staying on.
But with the incredible tool of meditation on your side, you have a step up over most other people, because you’re putting your brain to work for you, not against you.
It’s important to stay accountable, and tracking food and exercise will help with that, but meditation is a great way to get mentally focused and tough for the journey.
The downside is that there is never really an ‘end’ to weight loss, but again, it can’t be stressed enough just how strong of an ally meditation can be for your mental state.
Gracy is a dedicated and qualified nutritionist with over six years of experience in the Indian food industry, currently blogging at Besthcgdropswebsite.com. She has earned a MSc degree in Human Nutrition at Chinmaya degree College (BHEL) in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. You can contact her any time you'd want if you've got any questions regarding her guest posts.