Eat meal, but nowadays it no longer goes without saying. We are snacking more and eating fever meals together. These days, this is easier said than done, especially when thousands of new products show up in the supermarket each year. But most of these items don’t deserve to be called food, I call them edible food-like substances.
In this post, is more about the most frequent asked questions i received concerning my weight-loss journey, that why i decided to write this post to answer the basic questions.
Tell me your meals plan/what exactly are you eating?
I didn’t eliminate any food group apart from the sugary drinks, chocolate, chips snacks and unhealthy junk food. I explored more about snacks and added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I started to make my own breakfast instead to buying from bakery.
I eat a lot more salads than I usually did and fresh made sandwiches, but of course I do eat outside sometimes but I make sure I go for the right ingredients. Am in love with raw, natural foods and I make them part of my daily meal.
Since my lifestyle change I find myself craving for fresh fruits and vegetables more than anything else now, previously all I craved were processed, denatured foods. My plate has shifted tremendously; things which were once boring to me have now become so flavorful and I no longer use salt or sugar.
From there, I realized that I have started to adopt clean eating, which basically means “consuming foods as close to their natural state as possible”. I must confess I love OATMEAL ….
But I’m lost – I don’t know how this will work out for me?
As I went along and achieved weight loss bit by bit, I realized the reason why I had failed in the past was because I never had a plan. I had zero clues about how I’m going to track my progress and had unrealistic expectations. This time round, things were different. I now have an idea of my weight loss goals and keep my expectations reasonable. I have a fabulous app to help me, a determination that would stop at nothing, and the enthusiasm to move more in a bid to get in better shape.
I enjoy living life more than I did in the past. I feel motivated most of the time because I am seeing consistent results. The biggest mistake you can ever make while trying to lose weight is to see this as a “diet”. This is not diet. Diets don’t work and neither do slimming pills. It is a permanent lifestyle change. There is more to losing weight – trying to keep it off!
There is no finish line on healthy, so don’t see it as you have a certain amount of weight to lose and then you have finished. You will never finish, you always have to work hard at looking after your health. You will reach your weight loss goal, but you can’t just go back to your old habits. So many have regained the weight they’d lost simply because they reverted to their old bad eating habits.
I enjoy reading on health topics, and found out that our organs play a huge part in fat metabolism. Your body needs nutrients and you should feed it accordingly so that your system works well enough to sustain your lifestyle. With all the processed junk food we are eating, we are in general consuming too many chemicals and not enough nutrients.
I believe in eating clean and eating foods as close to their natural states as possible. However, given this day and age, it is difficult to completely eliminate all processed foods from our diet. So yes, I sometimes eat stuff that come in boxes as well; I just make sure I pick the least of all evils and read all nutritional information printed on the boxes instead of relying on (sometimes) baseless claims of “multi-grain”, “light”, or “diet version” plastered on the cartons. Ideally, you should target to eat all foods in moderation and not deprive yourself of your favorite foods because you’ll only end up binging if your diet becomes too restrictive.
I’m pretty sure I’ve been doing everything right. Why am I not losing weight?
On this journey, you will sometimes feel defeated if you don’t see the number on the scale moving downwards. Perhaps you are doing all the right things and still don’t understand why you aren’t losing weight; here are possible reasons why.
Knowing that a weight loss journey is probably one of the most challenging ones you’ll ever embark on, I wrote a letter to you – read it! Besides using the number on the bathroom scale as a gauge of your progress, you should also take measurements of your body right at the start; some weeks you may not lose any weight but you could be losing inches. You’d be surprised!
Don’t ever give up. This is the most important one, it’s not going to be the easy one but it is going to be worth it. When you think of giving up, also think of why you started in the first place. Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right. So believe in yourself and just keep going!
Move on from days where you go off track: I went off track countless times, sometimes for one day, sometime for one meal and sometime for a whole week like when I am on vacation.
But I always got back on track again and I didn’t punish myself for it. As the saying goes fall down 8 and stand up 9, what is done is done, so it going to happen to all of us.
Build a support network: do you have a friend or family members that want to get healthy too? Ask them to join the gym with you and host a healthy dinner party where everyone brings a healthy dish. Having like-minded people around you, will make the process little bit easier and more fun.
As always, I’d like to gently remind all that I am not a healthcare professional, therefore it is always best to consult your doctor for health-related issues and before you embark on a change in diet. After all, our bodies are all different and some of us may have medical conditions or food intolerance to consider.
I hope you found this page useful, and please do keep me posted on your progress; I am very happy to listen to (or rather, read about) your successes or problems. Let’s do this together! Feel free to drop me a comment here, or if you prefer more privacy, you could send me an email or a message on Facebook. 🙂