Losing Weight Is A Mind Game, I Won!
“Losing weight is a mind game, change your mind and your body will follow.” I remember seeing these exact words printed on a stranger’s shirt. At first I paid no attention but later on, it got me thinking, can I really lose weight and just maybe get some curves on my body?
Well, in all honesty, this was not the first time I have thought about losing weight. It was something I had been struggling with for years. If anything, I was obsessed with it. I had tried so many routines to no avail and up until I came across the printed shirt, I had lost hope in ever losing weight.
But this is not a sob story, I’m not about to narrate my struggles with weight loss. I’m not going to tell you that it was the most trying time of my life. I will also not tell you that more often than not, I wanted to quit and stay obese. Instead, I will make this a story about a young woman’s triumph over obesity.
So, if by now you haven’t lost interest and you want to know how a woman in her late twenties managed to shade over 50 pounds in three months, read on. But first, a disclaimer. I am not by any chance a doctor or a health expert. Just a girl who lost a huge amount of weight looking to share her weight loss success stories. Enjoy!
Since the internet had not done so much for me in terms of weight loss, I decided to seek some professional help and for the first time, I visited a gym. Ok, it wasn't your ordinary gym, it was more like a nutrition center with a gym in it and thus my routine was born. One of the first things I learned and experienced first-hand is that diet plays a huge role in weight loss.
Unfortunately, diet alone will not cut it, you have to back it up with some exercise (one of the things I got wrong in my previous attempts at weight loss).
Basically, these two things, diet, and exercise are the key to healthy weight loss. Speaking of healthy weight loss, it is important to keep off fads on weight loss such as starvation and any cleansing processes that involve laxatives. This will probably lead to more harm than good.
This always seems so easy up until you try it. At least that is what I thought when I got on a healthy diet. I had to rid my house of all kinds of unhealthy food including junk and empty calories and in its place, I went green, brown starch, and healthy fat. I will get into exact details later in this section.
Remember how I mentioned wanting to give up? This is the part I was talking about. For the first few weeks, all I could think of was junk and empty carbs. You will probably go through this too. Or maybe unlike me, you will be stronger.
So, about the healthy diet, I replaced my cooking oil with olive oil which was very expensive. A cheaper alternative would be sunflower or coconut oil but I could not stand the taste and smell of either hence olive oil was it for me. Also, vegetables and lots of water replaced my dinners. This kept me full enough to sleep through the night without waking up for a midnight snack.
I also tried to eat organic food as opposed to processed. Another expensive but necessary affair. Proteins especially white meat became part of my ritual.
Oh, and I have to mention, I always made sure that I did not skip any meal. This may seem to defeat the purpose but if you are eating healthy, crazy starvation will be a thing of the past.
I have to admit, I expected to indulge in a crazy amount of cardio in order to lose weight but this was not the case. If anything, I only did about 15 minutes of cardio per workout session and exclusive cardio workouts twice a week. The secret behind losing weight effectively lies in strength training.
I’m not saying that cardio does not help, it does but weight lifting does it faster and with more perks. What I mean is, with cardio, you stop burning fat when you are done exercising but weight lifting allows the process to go on even after workouts. I talk about this more in one of my weightlifting routines article.
Moreover, strength training allows you to gain muscle in place of the lost weight hence instead of sagging skin, you will get a toned body.
One thing I learned from this whole process is that weight loss does not just happen overnight. So you will have to master as much patience as you can. Also, be ready to experience a whole lot of emotions during this tough process ranging from extreme anger to defeat.
I indulged in some yoga and meditation to cope as well as to avoid stress (a factor that contributes to weight gain). Juicing also played a big part in my weight loss journey, just be sure to do it right.
Finally, some people believe in seeking answers from a bottle full of pills, I chose the hardest but safest way and it paid off. But that’s just me.
I would love to hear your stories and views on the weight loss so please leave a comment below. That said, remember to stay positive and never lose hope.