For many people, when it comes to losing weight the challenges can sometimes feel impossible to surmount. The idea of counting calories, fat grams, carbs and so on feels like taking one of those dreaded math classes. You feel like you did with those end of the week drills and quizzes that most of us have an aversion to. So, when someone suggests the idea of losing weight by not trying to it seems like a welcoming message that we usually receive with a little wariness.
Is it another weight loss gimmick that has been filling up late night infomercials, Internet pages, and countless magazine ads? This is probably the first question we ask when we hear of such an unusual weight loss approach. But on closer inspection, you’ll find that this new and innovative approach to managing your health is not so new after all.
Start With the Proper Motivation
Your first step in this weight loss regimen has to be internal. You need to seriously think about why you are losing weight. If you’re doing it for the wrong reasons or for other people, then chances are that when things get tough you’ll get sidetracked. It’s important that you have valid reasons to motivate you. Is it to improve your health, for a special occasion, to be able to be more active with your kids? Whatever your reason for losing weight, it must be important to you. If it’s not, then you will soon find yourself wandering and you won’t be able to stick to the program. Write them down and post them in places where they can serve as a visible reminder of your goals to keep you constantly aware of your need to stay on track.
Forget the Gym
People are so busy these days. Few have time to traipse off to the gym 3 to 4 times a week and they don’t have to. In reality, you can turn anything into a workout if you think about it. The NIH MedicinePlus Medical Encyclopedia suggests,
Work out on an exercise or yoga ball while you watch TV. You will burn calories. You can also set up a stationary bike or treadmill in front of your TV and use those while you work.
Even housework can be turned into a workout. Put your laundry basket on the floor and do squats while you pick up and fold your laundry.
Learn How to Eat to Live
Avoid the idea of weight loss as a means of dietary restriction. Instead of spending your time counting calories, fat grams, and carbs think of approaching food for health, not weight loss. What this could mean is that instead of counting the calories in that one piece of fried chicken, why not go for grilled chicken instead? Try roasted or baked veggies instead of sauteing them. Meanwhile, the desire to eat can be psychologically triggered so your mind may not be the best judge as to when or what you should eat. Listen to your body, it communicates well. Are you really hungry or are you just in the habit of eating at a particular time? Then learn to stop eating when your stomach is full and not when the plate is empty.
In reality, dieting is an invention of recent generations. We have lost the ability to communicate with ourselves. Learning how to reconnect with ourselves again can be the single most important thing we can do for our health. Consider the comments of Jon Gabriel for MindBodyGreen.com after losing 220 pounds,
Losing weight isn’t about counting calories, but about creating the proper hormonal environment in your body that’s conducive to weight loss. Since stress and emotional issues can cause an unfavorable hormonal environment, the issue needs to be addressed from a mind-body perspective.
We need to learn how to live with our psychological and emotional barriers that hinder us. Once we are back in tune with our mind, body, and spirit, the challenge of weight loss won’t be so formidable anymore.