Losing weight is only made harder when we stress about it. Dropping those pounds in stress free ways helps ensure that the pounds go without pressure that can sabotage your weight loss efforts. So here are some tips for losing weight without gaining in stress.
Focus On Losing Weight Gradually
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. Research shows that losing weight rapidly through crash dieting contributes to a great deal of stress – and doesn’t accomplish its goal anyway. You may temporarily lose weight, but you will most likely regain those pounds equally quickly. So don’t stress over how quickly you lose weight. Focus instead on celebrating those small, incremental losses in weight.
Eat When You’re Hungry, Not When You’re Starving
We tend to overeat when we are famished. So plan your meals for when you’re merely hungry. Never refuse food until you’re uncomfortable. You’re more likely to eat slowly and to pay more attention to what your body tells you about fullness.
Make Nutrition Your Focus
To lose those pounds stress free, don’t focus on weight loss alone. Look at your diet and nutrition. Good nutrition means receiving all the nutrients and vitamins you need in your diet. Research has documented that a healthy well-rounded diet helps prevent cravings because it ensures you are not lacking in essential nutrients.
Indulge – Once In A While
Don’t be afraid to have the occasional treat. Remember, you’re running a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes marathon runners slow down just to enjoy the scenery. Take this to heart and have that occasional dark chocolate treat or a small bowl of your favorite ice cream. This may actually help you maintain your diet because you won’t feel like you have no opportunity to enjoy what you eat.
Also, experiment when you indulge. Are there foods or treats you haven’t tried? Are there healthy alternatives to your favorite treats that you haven’t experienced yet? Now is the time. And when you do indulge, take time to really enjoy the experience. Eat slowly, savoring each bite.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Water helps fill your stomach in a calorie-free way. Typically drinking water means you will eat less. So ensure that you have a glass of water before each meal, and keep water nearby throughout the day.
Don’t Fret When You Fail
If you find that you’ve slipped up and over-indulged, don’t fret about it. Setbacks are part of the process. The worst thing you can do is beat yourself up. Forgive yourself and move on. Those extra snacks you had? Those were yesterday; today is a fresh start.
Stress Free Sleep
Sleep is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves when we are trying to live a healthier stress free lifestyle. In fact sleep is vital to proper health. And if you are getting a full eight hours of sleep each night, you’ll find your attention span is better and you’re more focused. With a good night’s sleep, it’s much easier to stick to your diet regimen.