I don’t know about you, but sometimes I make things too hard – when really, they’re pretty simple. 🙂 To truly understand what I’m talking about, take 1.5 minutes to watch this all-too-true video.
One of the areas I feel like I’ve made more difficult that it should be, is weight loss. I wasn’t overweight as a child, and it wasn’t really until after my fourth pregnancy that it became harder to lose.
Unfortunately, that’s when I started to ‘diet’.
Maybe you’ve been there too. Did you start counting calories? Maybe tracking macronutrients each day? Did you start cutting carbs, and then fat, and bought a gym membership?
Over the next several years and two more babies, I tried all the big name diets and all the weight loss tips and tricks. But I was simply playing a lose it, gained it back, lose it again game. Ever been there?
In the effort to remove the ‘nail from my forehead’ (watch the above video if that doesn’t make sense), I’ve drastically simplified this part of my life into six basic ideas.
A simple fitness plan
1. Don’t make food your Savior.
Sometimes, without realizing it, we use food as a crutch. We eat when we’re bored, when we’re stressed, when we’re frustrated, when we’re sad. . . We rely on food to be more than food. We want it to comfort us, relieve our stress, and bring us happiness.
In all essence, it takes the place of God.
Food was created for one purpose. It keeps us alive.
Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy food, or that we should never eat if we happen to have emotions at the same time – some of us would die of starvation in that case. 😉 What I am saying is that we should put our trust where it belongs – in Christ – rather than the bag of mint Oreos. In the end, only one of them is truly the answer. . .
2. Avoid processed foods.
Because of health issues in our family, I started learning about food. About good fats and why it’s important to avoid processed foods. You know the catchy saying, “You are what you eat”? If you really stop to think about what you do eat, it makes sense.
I won’t go into the history of processed food, but we can’t deny that the foods we eat have changed drastically over the past century. The way they’re modified and grown, the additives that are harmful and addicting. . .
I’m not laying the blame totally on processed foods – because we’re the ones who bend our elbows and open our mouths – but to say processed food hasn’t affected our health is like looking at the rate of obesity and saying there’s not a problem.
3. Eat until you’re satisfied – and. then. stop.
This is one of the hardest ‘rules’ for anyone who struggles with food. Overeating. Often it’s part of the problem we talked about in #1 – we eat when we’re bored, and in #2 because many processed foods have additives that literally make food act like a drug – and it becomes an addiction.
But we can’t always blame emotions and food additives – because we have a responsibility to have self-control and to take care of the bodies we’ve been given too.
Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. ~ Ruth 2:14 NKJV
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV
Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit. ~ Proverbs 25:16 NJKV
4. Be careful of ‘diet tips and tricks’
A popular diet myth people follow is the ideas that fat makes you fat. But what we aren’t taught is that not ALL fats are bad – in fact we need a certain amount of fat to survive basic bodily functions.
Another common trap is the obsessive counting of calories and macronutrients. If you take a step back and look at the big picture, you have to ask yourself. Really? You mean a thousand years ago people were obese because they didn’t know how to count calories yet?
If you eat until your satisfied and eat healthy foods, these problems take care of themselves. I’m sure I’ve ever met anyone who binges on broccoli until they’re stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey. Whole foods are more satisfying and more filling so you automatically end up eating fewer calories – but you’re doing it in a way that’s healthy without the need to count.
5. Exercise regularly
I’m not a ‘gym rat’, but I do enjoy working out. I love the health benefits, and I love communicating to my husband that he’s worth the effort.
We were not made to sit on a couch with a remote or sit in front of a computer all day. Modern life has made us incredibly lazy (and I lump myself in here too!) We were made to move.
Exercising strengthens our bones, our hearts, and our mental clarity. Start by walking the dog, bicycling to the local park, or simple bathroom exercises. ANYTHING you do is better than sitting there and encouraging your body to give up.
6. Check for health problems
Sometimes even when we try to lose weight in a healthy way, we just. seem. stuck.
It might be a thyroid, imbalanced hormones, or a metabolism that’s out of whack. If you feel like there might be an issue, check with your naturopath or trusted doctor. I would encourage you to find natural ways to address it rather than pills though, as many times they have their own side effects.
So there it is, a simple fitness plan that will lift the weight of struggling with. . .weight. 😉
Have you found a healthy and successful fitness plan? Chime in and share with others what you’ve learned.
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