So, another thing that I keep seeing pop up is the comment "I have no motivation! Please provide motivation for me!" This has always bugged me. It's like saying "I can't do anything hard without someone prodding me constantly to do it!" That's something a child would say, not a responsible adult. *Of course, that leads off to a whole other rant, but I'm trying to not hijack my own posts any more than I already do!*
One component that most diet plans include is exercise. Add X number of hours doing this every day and so on. And considering that exercise increases your calories burned, it can help. But I don't know about you, but I'm a lazy bitch, so forcing myself to exercise just makes me feel worse! So I would always start strong and burn out quickly, stop exercising, and then feel like I was failing.
But I realized something a few years ago. Exercise IS NOT required for weight loss! I lost weight with just controlling my calories in. Which, incidentally gave me NO excuse to quit! After all, if I can lose weight without having to force myself to do stuff I don't like doing or can't do very well, then why wouldn't I?
Last time I mentioned that the HOW to lose weight can be difficult. The 'how' as in what method to use and where to start. So many people look at weight loss as this huge mystery and confusing blur of marketing. Which it is on the surface. There's also the idea that weight loss can be fixed quickly with X diet plan and you'll look and feel amazing afterwards! You'll lose 10 lbs in two weeks and everyone will love you and you'll be gifted with puppies and unicorns! The problem is, there is no quick fix for weight loss. The reason is that real weight loss that stays off requires a serious adjustment to your eating habits. Not a temporary reduction in carbs or protein or whatever is consider 'unclean' foods this month. Sure, following diet plans can make you lose weight, but it won't stay off. You have to be willing to take a good look at your eating habits, identify and change the ones that are harmful to you, and stick with it. That's what diet plans DON'T teach you how to do.
It's easy to see when we need to lose weight. HOW to do so is horribly confusing to most people simply because of the marketing that exists for weight loss. Ever-changing diet plans, new scientific discoveries that deliberately get misinterpreted in order to sell things, celebrities touting their eating plan as the One True Way to Lose Weight, etc. There's a bewildering amount of information, and every diet plan out there says something different is what you HAVE to do in order lose weight.
So with the start of the new year comes resolutions. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about! Thing is, that's something I haven't done in a long time. But I know a lot of people do, and one of the things that tops the list is lose weight. So I thought I'd share some things I learned when I was losing weight in hopes it might help one or two people.
Everyone has their own ideas on how to lose weight and what products to get and what exercises to use and what foods to avoid and so on. Which makes it super confusing when a person decides to actually lose weight! I know that I tried things in the past and gave up because I hated it. But I have since hit on something that worked for me, so I thought I would post about it. And while organizing my thoughts, realized I can split this into several posts. Partly so that I can expand on some ideas and not make a fucking HUGE post, and partly to give me more content to post here. ^_^;
So I'll be sharing several posts on things related to weight loss that may or may not help you or someone you know. Is my way the One True Way to Lose Weight? Of course not! But I will expand on what worked for me, and by doing so, maybe someone can find something that works for them. Everyone will have a different method, so trying different suggestions from people can help you find what works for you. So look for new posts every Friday for a little while, and if you have any questions, you know where to find me!