Shedding the Excess Pounds

Spring is in the air and mindsets are shifting to shed the excess pounds from winter. Weight loss regiments have been prevalent for the last half-century around the world due to our obesity pandemic. According to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, over the past 30 years, obesity has doubled among those aged 40-69 and tripled among 20-39 year olds. Perhaps its time to look at the source of our weight gain pandemic and remediate the issues at the core of it.

 

Between calorie counting and workout crazes, the possibilities of shedding undesired weight can certainly be found, but before any regiment begins it’s important to look at the greater solution available to all when it comes to losing the surplus.

This bigger solution lies in your mindset… and oddly enough the first step in shifting your mindset is actually letting go of the “shoulds”. I “should” eat better. I “should” workout. This is where obsessive behavior can set in. The alternative is in focusing on the desired feeling.

The desire to lose weight, the desire to do most things in life is because we believe we will feel better in the having of it. We believe we will feel better “once we have achieved a certain weight”.  Yet it is in the physical activity and eating right that ultimately brings upon the “feeling good”, which in point makes the journey the enjoyable part.

Let the result become a side effect of the feel good part. This is where it important to learn to enjoy implementing these lifestyle factors of eating right and exercising.

The critical piece to this puzzle that some miss is the motivation to implement these lifestyle factors. When the pain of inaction exceeds the pain of action – we make the change. Let the result of feeling amazing exceed the “pain” of remaining the same. So find what excites you, who you will become in the process, what more you can give to the world, including your family, your work and yourself. It has to be something greater than just “I want to lose weight” Find your motivation factor that will catapult you to make the shift.

If you treat your body right it can do some work for you. Here’s some tips to make the journey more effective.

First things first – pick a personal trainer that will actually work your body. Cardio is out. Weight lifting and Interval Training is in. With interval training – all of 4 minutes of HIIT (High intensity Interval Training) can be more effective on calorie burn than a 60 minute walk. Use the walking as your source of mediation or de-stress time – not your “exercise time” When it comes to weights, the low weight, lots of reps won’t get you far. Focus on lifting heavier weights to actually BUILD muscle. In that building of muscle, not only do you extend your REE (Resting energy expenditure) which means you will continue to burn hundreds of more calories post workout than any cardio but you build the muscle which in turn becomes metabolic fuel for fat burning on-goingly. So if you don’t “like” working out – take the effective route.

The act of exercise will naturally shift your dietary habits for the better too. Eat more plants! Smoothies, Quinoa bowls with Black beans, superfoods, and lots of leafy greens. Put some focus on your mindset because the you that feels better is the you that you deserve to be. Get excited to be that you!  

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. –Anthony Robbins

About Me

Kristin Fraser is a speaker and consultant on natural health, including food preparation workshops and nutritional seminars. Offering you insightful information on leading a healthier, happier life.

 

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