Most people want to lose weight. In a world full of fast foods and convenient meals, it’s no wonder people are struggling to shed those extra pounds. But then you have others who struggle with weight loss not because they want to but because they’re forced to. Whether it’s due to health problems or a family history, the causes of people’s weight issues are varied. However, something everyone struggles with is finding the courage to start exercising and changing their eating habits. But why should you bother? You may ask, and here’s the answer: putting yourself first is the key to happiness.
People who love food and hate exercising may have a lot to offer weight loss seekers. While there are plenty of diets out there that exclude those who hate exercise, there’s also something special about someone who has avoided most traditional ways of eating and has found the will to succeed in living a healthier lifestyle. In this article, we’ll discuss the ways in which those who love food and hate exercise can provide valuable assistance to those who want to lose weight.
Know Your BMI
Before you start losing any weight, it’s important to know your Body Mass Index (BMI). The BMI of an individual is used to determine their weight status. It is calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms by the square of the height in meters. Individuals with a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9 are considered as normal/healthy weight. If your BMI falls between 25 and 29.9, it indicates that you’re overweight. While morbidly obese individuals have a BMI of above 30, it is considered a life-threatening condition. (1)
Knowing your BMI is important because it will help you determine the correct weight loss prescription. Depending on your BMI, you may need to lose 1, 2, or 3 pounds per week. If you’re unsure of what your BMI is, consult your doctor or nutritionist for advice. They can help you determine the best diet and workout plan for you.
Find Your Motivation
The first step to losing weight is identifying your motivation. Do you want to lose weight for health reasons? For others, it may be to fit into a certain size of dress or to look good in their favorite pair of jeans. Everyone has a different reason for wanting to lose weight. However, if you’re not sure of why you want to change or if you just think it’ll be easy, you’re certainly mistaken. (2)
Just because you want to lose weight doesn’t mean that it’s easy to implement. Changing your eating habits and starting an exercise program requires serious commitment and effort. But if you’re determined to succeed, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to find the motivation you need to make it happen.
The needs of yourself and your family come first. Your health and well-being should be your number one priority, especially since you’re probably going to be exercising anyway. Make sure that you care for your body by eating healthy foods and getting the adequate amount of sleep. During those times when you feel like you’re losing focus, remind yourself why you’re doing this. Is it to look good or to feel better? Those who love food and hate exercising may find themselves lacking in self-care, but it’s important to remember that they’re also human and they need to take care of themselves too. (3)
Make sure that your self-care includes getting enough sleep and eating healthy foods. Avoid foods with added sugar, starch, and oils. Instead, focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Get 8 hours of sleep every night and try to limit your daily calorie intake to between 1,200 and 1,500 calories. This will help you to maintain a healthy weight and allow you to gain the benefits of movement. If you want to lose weight, it’s important that you put the needs of your body first. This means making changes to your diet and increasing your physical activity. You’ll be able to tell if this is working for you by seeing your body fat percentage decrease and your weight go down.
Don’t Be Fooled By Diets
It’s no secret that most diets don’t work for very long, and many people are forced to go on traditional diets because they don’t want to put themselves through that pain again. Diets such as the Atkins Diet, which cuts out all carbs, work for temporary weight loss but often cause health problems. Instead of depriving your body of the essential nutrients that it needs, why not try a diet that provides you with the nutrients you need? When you start feeling healthier and stronger, you’ll be motivated to keep going and lose those extra pounds.
Start A Home Exercise Routine
If you want to start exercising on your own without having to go to the gym, setting up a home gym is the simplest and most cost-effective option. By incorporating aerobic activities, weight training, and flexibility exercises into your daily routine, you’ll be able to shape and tone your body as you see fit. (4)
Start by taking a look at what equipment you have at home. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool at home, you can use it to set up a swimming program. Or, if you have a tennis court, you can get a tennis racket and balls to play around with. If none of these facilities exist but you have a bike, you can use it to take a ride to work or school. Simply get on your bike and start pedaling. You’ll find that it’s easier to exercise when you have a workout buddy. Partnering with an individual who has similar goals may motivate you to work harder and reach them faster.
Try Something New
If none of the suggestions mentioned above seem like a fit, why not try something new? Maybe you’ve always been a fan of yoga and now you have the perfect excuse to practice yoga every day. Or, maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook and now you have the perfect opportunity to do so. (5)
There are plenty of ways to lose weight without having to deprive yourself of food or engage in strenuous exercise. If you’re determined to succeed, you’ll find the motivation you need to make it happen. Self-care should be a priority for everyone, but especially for those who love food and hate exercising. In situations where changing your diet is not possible, such as those with medical conditions or those who are pregnant or nursing, the next best thing is to engage in regular physical activity. This will help provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and functioning properly.