To attain to ultimate body and fulfill your weight loss goals depends on more than just what you eat. Of course your diet is an essential part to the success, but diet alone does not determine the final result. You may think that the only thing that matters is what you put in your mouth, but it truly not that easy. In many ways your willingness to exercise regularly and make it a part of your weekly habits as well as learning to deal with your emotions and developing skills to cope with them will be as important to your long term weight management as what you eat.
Some of the key components to your long term weight loss success are: portion and calorie control, Exercise, Good food choices, emotional health and accountability. Each of these elements play a role in getting to your ideal weight, but they will also prevent something you may have experienced in the past i.e. gaining back all the weight you have worked so hard to lose.
Portion and calorie control – Keeping your portion sizes under control and monitoring the total number of calories you eat on a daily basis will form the foundation of your success. No weight loss program will have long term results if you’re eating habits have remained unchanged. Too many calories and too much food will undermine all your efforts to lose weight. Both portion control and calorie control work hand in hand. It won’t matter if your portions are proper sizes if you’re eating too many of them. Controlling both the amount of food and the calorie content of your food will insure that your total food intake is appropriate for your needs.
Exercise – Exercise will do more than speed up your weight loss efforts, it will help you maintain your weight for years on after you achieve your ideal weight. Exercise not only helps you burn of calories but will also keep you fit and healthy over the long term. Weight training will build your muscle mass, burn calories keeps you energised and refreshed and also make you look younger.
Food choices – Even if your portion sizes are in line and if you have kept your calories intake right you could be heading to an unhealthy lifestyle if your food choices are not right. The foods that you choose to eat are as important as the calories you consume, because every gram of protein, vitamins and minerals are important when you are on a reduced diet plan. To make my point clear, let’s say for a healthy weight loss plan you consume about 1200 calorie per day, but instead of having a well-balanced meal you have had 5 candy bars, you will have lacked proteins and other essential nutrient that are required for your body. Instead you have given your body a lot of sugar and unhealthy fats. Every calorie that you consume without any nutritional value, such as sugar or junk food, would replace healthy calories full of essential nutrients and minerals.
Emotional health – For true long term success in your weight loss efforts, you have to work on your emotional and psychological issues that led you to gain weight in the first place. A vast amount of people who have weight issues have some sort of emotional eating that drives them to eat not when they are hungry but for psychological reasons. In a lot of cases food acts like an addictive drug that soothes emotions and relieves stress. This effect often causes over eating on the unconscious level.
Accountability – Taking control of your weight loss and eating habits is a factor in both attaining your goals and maintaining them. No one can make you eat things that should not be present in your diet, no one will force you to eat a candy bar or skip a trip to your gym because you would rather not go. Your weight loss is exclusively under your control. There will always be inevitable interruptions that prevent a work out or that require you to eat somewhere you would prefer not to, but preparing for those issues and taking responsibility can make a big difference.