Thursday, October 21, 2010

Weight Loss… the Sensible Way




As the publisher of The Bride’s Diary since 1985, I have seen literally hundreds of ‘new-beaut’ diet programs come across my desk. Trawling through the myriad of options may seem endless. There really is no magic formula – eat less kilojoules/calories then your body burns and you will lose weight, eat more kilojoules/calories then your body burns, you will store the extra as fat. It’s that simple!

However, let’s scratch the surface a little deeper. Every human being is an individual and requires their own unique approach to sustaining health and fitness. In regards to diet, so much of what we choose to eat is influenced by many differing factors, including nationality and cultural preferences, a family’s eating habits, economics, and lifestyle choices. Then there are medical influences, including: diseases, allergies, food intolerances, and individual likes and dislikes. Your current medical status and fitness levels also influence how much physical activity you are able to undertake. Some people love exercise, while others hate it!

This is why your weight loss solution must be tailored for you personally. I think the best place to start is with a visit to a general practitioner that you like and trust. He/she will be able to assess your current health status. They will also discuss your health and fitness goals with you and assist with useful and relevant suggestions to get you started. And, throughout your new regime, you should check-in with your doctor periodically to ensure that everything is on track.

Many of the leading weight loss companies are extremely dedicated to helping people lose weight and can offer the support, information and food required. The key is finding the regime that suits your personality and lifestyle. Be open-minded, and explore the many options that are available to you.

There are excellent supplements available on the market today that will support your goals. Once again, it is advisable to check with your doctor before taking any new supplements, vitamins, and/or natural products. We have a small selection of top quality products available in our online store that may be just right for you.

Adjusting your diet may be all that is needed. I remember my Grandmother (who lived to the ripe old age of 100) telling me: “Eat 5% to 10% less at each meal and, over time, you will lose weight”. This may seem simplistic, but it really does work. In this way, you won’t need to adjust your diet too much at all. Of course, reducing fatty foods, take-away foods and high calorie treats will help as well. You should also reduce, or eliminate alcohol and cigarette consumption.

Any sort of incidental exercise is also beneficial. Park your car further away from work, take the stairs not the escalator, clean your home regularly, don’t use a remote control to change the TV channel, dance to your favourite music, walk the dog, play with your children, jog on the spot – any movement is good movement. Some people adore walking on the beach; others love the latest dance craze. Some find the slow movements of yoga therapeutic and others love nothing better then sweating profusely while competing in a team sport.

Don’t expect too much too soon. Trying to drop five dress sizes by Saturday night is not only ridiculous, it is unachievable. Take baby steps in the right direction and enjoy every little success along the way.

My only piece of advice would be: ‘Make yourself your greatest hobby’. The dictionary states that the meaning of the word ‘hobby’ is: “leisure-time activity pursued for pleasure”. How wonderful if this activity is looking after ‘you’. Don’t ever feel guilty about the time you take to look after yourself.

Start with eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and move that body as much as possible. Take time to look after your skin, hair and nails, soak in warm baths, walk in the fresh air, listen to fabulous music while you dance with abandon. Check your posture, breath deeply and laugh loudly.

Remember too that your emotional health is vitally important. If you have any emotional issues that need attention then, once again, speak with your doctor. There’s no need to suffer in silence. This world is filled with wonderful people who love helping others and are qualified to give you the support you may need. Creating warm, happy relationships with the people in your life is so important. It is also important to lessen the contact you have with people who criticize you and do not support your well-being.

It is a known fact that animals can improve a person’s health. There is no reason to ever feel lonely with a much-loved dog, cat or even a gold fish by your side. I have five dogs and I can assure you that feeding them, bathing them, grooming them, walking them and playing with them keeps me very active, whilst the love and companionship that I receive from my dogs is truly life affirming.

Don’t drive yourself insane if you do not perceive yourself as ‘perfect’; there really is no such thing. We all come in hundreds of different shapes and sizes and we are all ‘perfect’ in our own unique, ‘imperfect’ way.

We will all age, whether we like it or not. Some of life’s greatest things are old: a favorite pair of old shoes, an old armchair that you sink into, a faithful old dog that never leaves your side, an old movie that hits just the right spot when you’re feeling down, an old city you love to explore and even your oldest friend!

Life is a journey that is vastly improved when you ‘feel’ healthy and happy.

For more useful information visit the following Australian websites: www.nutritionaustralia.org | www.daa.asn.au

Have a lovely day!… Anna