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Fat Loss: How to Enjoy the Journey


Fat Loss: How to Enjoy the Journey


Good Afternoon all and a very happy Monday to you.  Today we are going to provide some self loving advice to those of you who have the mission of fat loss. 

I believe that striving to lose fat should be in the context of improving your overall wellbeing. For me, it's more than just the numbers on the scale, the struggle to fit in the old jeans or wanting a smaller dress size.  Ask yourself why you want these things.  Really dig deep into the why.  Is it just habit? Societal pressure? Or for genuine self - loving reasons such as feeling happier, fitter and healthier.

In my opinion, working on a healthy weight loss program should not be a burdening task for yourself; instead, it should energise you, inspire you and  give you a feeling of satisfaction. Therefore, in this journey, one has to be patient as well as progressive regarding the goal. It takes time. When you begin a fat loss journey with a sense of self-love, patience and acceptance and non self critical room for minor failures and disappointments, you remain positive and genuine to yourself.

Here are few ways in which you can stay positive and enjoy your fat loss journey.

SET SOME REALISTIC GOALS

It is good to be ambitious about your goals, but I give more importance to being consistent and realistic. The major setback to the fat loss journey is demotivation when you are not achieving desired results even after working out. But have you considered that are these goals achievable within the timeframe that you have set for yourself? Like aiming to drop a dress size for a wedding party in two weeks. It is simply leading you to disappointment and self-blaming. Come on, don't be this harsh on yourself. Setting unrealistic goals can contribute to increased stress levels, a significant contributor to release cortisol, increasing the amount of belly fat, particularly in women. Ensure that your fitness goals are realistic and productive instead of playing a negative role in your fat loss journey.  Placing this level of pressure on yourself feeds into yo-you culture and never being satisfied or in love with the beautiful body that you already have.

UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF A NEW DAY

Start each day by committing yourself to do the best you can—no matter how it was yesterday. Think of every day as an opportunity and make a fresh start. Avoid negative self-talk, as it only demoralises you and can cause you to give up on your weight loss journey early in the process.

COMPLIMENT YOURSELF

It may sound unrealistic to you, but I firmly believe that it is possible to achieve goals with continued dedication and hard work. You have to be kind with yourself;  limit self-doubt and negative self talk leading to self-loathing. Remember what you love about yourself as this helps you to attain the right mindset to achieve the best for your body.

SELF-ACCEPTANCE IS THE KEY

Self-acceptance is a gesture of grace and acceptance for a varying range of body shapes and sizes. We are all of different sizes, but what matters is who you are and your uniqueness. Never disapprove of your own appearance. Remember that our fat loss journey is about achieving better health instead of just focusing on one point to become slim according to other's definition of "perfect."

FEEL THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

We all know that exercise in conjunction with reduction of food intake is the key to successful weight loss. Let me tell you something more interesting here.  Working out not only helps you get healthy physically, it stimulates hormones (endorphins) in the brain that improve your mood and research show that people who exercise regularly have higher self-esteem levels than those who don't because the release of endorphins makes them happy and feel good from the inside.

ENLIST A FRIEND

I believe that the company of good friends or optimistic people around you have tremendous benefits on your wellbeing. Find a friend who will help you through the fat loss journey. If you are not motivated enough to work out, request a friend to exercise with you, as it's helpful to learn to love your body while you lose fat; there's no better support system on your journey than someone who wishes the best for you, support you and reminds you of how wonderful you are.

By Ayesha Gulzar, PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy, Research and Medicine
Editor and Founder: Katherine Elyse Blake, BSC Nutrition, ANutr

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