I was asked a question this week: “What did you do to lose your weight? What did you eat?”
This is a hard question and part of the motivation in my quest to become a certified nutrition consultant. It is a difficult question because there is no one answer that will be the solution to everyone. There are no quick tricks, no special pills, nothing that will just “fix” the problem in a few weeks.
Fad diets are not lifelong sustainable for the average person. Diets that restrict or remove foods that you love will not be long-term sustainable. Diets that make you feel like you are on a “diet” are not good. Any diet that increases your risk for other problems is definitely not good.
However, when I tell people that I didn’t alter my eating significantly all at once, and I explain my process, I think they are a bit reassured that slow progress is still progress.
What did I do?
I logged everything I at in my LoseIt! App. Every day, every bite, every drink.
I discovered dancing and increased the amount and type of physical activity I got every week.
I reduced stress by leaving an unhealthy job setting.
I paid attention to what I ate and how different foods made me feel.
I found a supportive environment where people didn’t care what you look like, they just all have fun dancing together.
I found a place where I could discover myself, be supported to become the best version of myself.
I found a place – physically and mentally – where I could be me.
What does this mean for the average person?
If you want to find a healthier and stronger you, don’t worry so much about the number on the scale.
Log what you eat normally for at least 2 weeks and evaluate. What nutrients are you missing? How can you add more healthy nutrition to your daily routine? Can you drink more water?
How can you add more movement to your day every day? (It doesn’t have to be the gym – try different things!)