These are very fast and impatient times – an illustration of the old Queen hit “I Want It All”. People want to get rich, popular and thin fast – and they will go to painful lengths to achieve these dreams. It only takes the imminence of a special event, such as going to a wedding, to the beach or to the homecoming ball, and a lot of people want to shed overnight the extra pounds they have neglected for months.
However, the best results, the ones that last, are those obtained in time, through a healthy and steady combination of the right diet and adequate exercise. Here are the main reasons why you should not go for the quick and drastic measures.
1. Avoid the Yo-Yo Effect
After you have drastically deprived your body of all comfort food and you got that flat stomach you wanted, you feel like rewarding yourself. It is just human nature. It starts with a cookie and continues to a bag of chips and a soda pop…until you realize that your stomach is no longer flat, and you have actually gained more weight than you lost.
2. Be Kind to Yourself
A steady, long-term healthy diet blends nutritious food with some of your favorite snacks (minus the absolutely unhealthy ones). You can enjoy a steak, a slice of Camembert cheese and a slice of birthday cake without feeling guilty about cheating on your diet – because it is not an excessively restrictive diet. At the same time, you experience a steady weight loss, reach the ideal weight and maintain it, because you do not start giving in to various cravings.
3. Avoid Getting Swamped in Exercise Routines
Treadmill, elliptic bicycle, crunches and push-ups? Or maybe Pilates and Kangoo jumps? When you are lost between several exercising routines and try to pick the best of each of them for quick, maximum results, you will end up doing nothing properly. You will shed your last drop of sweat on the treadmill and be exhausted by the time you were supposed to start doing crunches.
Instead, pick a fitness regime that is suitable for your current abilities to sustain effort and gradually increase the duration and difficulty of the exercises. Most importantly, choose a routine that you like. If you enjoy swimming, then incorporate it into your fitness schedule as much as possible. The secret is to do something fun, which seems effortless and you can do for a long time without getting bored or annoyed.
4. Avoid Developing a Negative Perception of Yourself
When trying a drastic approach to weight loss, every time you fail to reach a milestone, you will feel disappointed. Miss a few milestones in a row and you will develop a negative view of your abilities to stick to a diet or exercise schedule.
You are not supposed to be a super hero of weight loss and prove anything to anyone. All you need is to find a long lasting routine that is both effective and within your abilities to keep up with.
5. Find Your Way and Keep It
Long-term healthy weight loss routines will turn into an everlasting healthy lifestyle. You will not feel tempted to abandon your diet or the physical activities you are doing right now because you love them, they make you look good and feel good. This is how you get to achieve and keep that perfect body you were dreaming of.
It will not be just for a season, for a special event and then back to your flabby self, it will be for good and without too much sacrifice, but only if you do it slow and steady, the right way.