Part 2: Weight Loss Awareness Month - Shed those pounds!
While being overweight can lead to numerous negative outcomes for both the body and the mind, it is entirely possible for those to be reversed when following a healthy routine of clean eating and regular exercise. Losing weight takes pressure off of the body and decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, hormonal imbalances, kidney and liver disease, fatigue, depression, etc.
But how? Our body is a temple, we spend our entire existence living within it and the way we treat it as we grow old determines how well it will continue to protect us in our later years. If it starts to fall apart, that is when it can do damage to us. As such, we want to follow these four guidelines:
1. Keep it clean. Drink water.
Water is an incredible liquid. It makes up the majority of our planet and the majority of our bodies. All organic things and living creatures thrive on it. Therefore, drinking water regularly everyday can contribute to some incredibly positive outcomes for the body, including: weight loss, clean skin, organ function, improved digestion, detoxification, etc.
2. Be active. Move.
Your temple is an olympic arena. The human body is capable of incredible things; you only have to look at athletes, gymnasts, dancers, and martial artists to see that. While you don’t need to operate at that level, it is important that we do more than just walking and sitting every day. Our ancestors would walk for days, hunt and gather, climb trees, carry heavy items, etc. Look at joining a gym, taking part in fitness classes, dance classes, pilates, boxing, athletics, etc. Don’t settle for walking through life when you can run.
3. Introduce good habits. Don't be lazy.
Sometimes finding the time to fit in a real workout or fitness session can be hard; life is demanding. This doesn’t mean you have to go without any additional exercise though. By integrating certain habits into your everyday routine, you can maximise your ability to lose weight. These include: taking the stairs, walking to/from work (even some of the distance), using a standing desk, sitting on an exercise ball at work, wearing a fitness tracker and trying to reach at least 10,000 steps a day (this is the average we should be walking), putting on music and dancing around the house, doing push-ups or sit-ups at home, etc. There are so many options to fitting in that additional and necessary activity.
4. Eat lots. Eat. well.
It is a myth that if you want to lose weight, you need to eat less. In fact, you can eat more… as long as you are eating the right things. More vegetables is the key. Organic matters burns fast and clean in our bodies. This is why vegans and vegetarians have such low body fat percentages. Try to avoid heavy carbs like breads, pastas, pastries. Instead, consume complex carbohydrates like sweet potato and brown rice. These are just as filling and contain a higher level of nutrients. You MUST AVOID sweets, soft drinks, alcohol, fatty and salty foods, fried foods, dairy, and red meat (which is not good for digestion).
By following these four guidelines, you are guaranteed to see progress in your weightloss and advance on your journey to a better and healthier you. With weight loss comes a new found confidence, appreciation for your body, a better and more active attitude towards life and, ultimately, a greater level of happiness.