Some people still don’t understand the vital importance of building lifelong good health habits that contribute to weight loss. Whether we lose weight through bariatric surgery, a supervised weight loss program, weight loss drugs, etc, those are temporary solutions rather than lifelong habits to lose weight. Consider that if we had built habits to lose weight in the first place then there would be no need for weight loss interventions. Make sense?
Therefore we need to practice healthy habits to lose weight every day that will then result in permanent weight loss. This is particularly true once our honeymoon period is over following bariatric surgery, or we stop taking the weight loss drug, or we’ve concluded our supervised weight loss program. Do not rely on those to be your salvation. Because their effects are only temporary.
If you want to make sure you feel your best both in the short term and the long term, here are the everyday habits you need to make sure you take seriously:
The food we eat literally becomes us as our bodies regenerate all the time. If you eat a diet full of junk food, saturated fats, and other bad stuff regularly, then you can bet you’re going to feel sluggish and down in the dumps. If you eat plenty of color, e.g. vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other natural healthy foods, you’re going to feel vibrant and full of life. Eating a healthy diet has many other benefits too – living longer, and fighting off physical disease to name a couple.
Drink More Water
Drinking water goes hand in hand with a nutritious diet — and drinking water even helps you to lose weight. It’s recommended the average person drinks at least 2 litres per day, more if possible and especially if exercising.
Some people say they don’t like the plain taste of water. Unfortunately, hydrating with fizzy drinks, juice, and other liquids just isn’t good enough. An option if you don’t like plain water is flavored bottled water packs. You’ll get the benefits of water without the plain taste, so you should be able to drink more throughout the day.
Don’t consume too much caffeine — it’s dehydrating. And it goes without saying that alcohol should be consumed in limited amounts, too!
Regular exercise helps the body to release endorphins, which makes us feel happier both immediately afterwards and in general. Getting into the habit of exercise can be the hard part, but once you’ve found something you like and you do it for a couple of weeks, you should find that it’s harder to stop than it is to keep going.
Make sure you move your body in a way that’s good for it, that shows you care for it. Exercise should be enjoyable, not a punishment. Many find that it helps to reduce stress levels dramatically!
Becoming mindful can be difficult, but if you take the time to do it a few times each day, you should get into the habit easily. Write yourself a note on your phone, set an alarm, or leave yourself a sticky note on your mirror or computer.
Try this: Take a couple of minutes in the morning to take a few big, mindful breaths, and then think of at least 5 things you’re grateful for. Do this at night before sleep too. If you can, stop during the day just to take some breaths and appreciate where you are and what you’re doing. Most stress comes from either living in the past or in the future! Living in the moment is key.
Read about my experience taking a mindfulness course: I Lost a Lot of “Weight” with Meditation.
Healthy Sleep Schedule
Finally, getting healthy sleep is a must. Make sure you’re getting around 8 hours of quality sleep per night — although this number can vary depending on the individual. Just make sure you’re consistent because sleep loss can cause weight gain.
Habits to Lose Weight
It is that simple, really. If you practice these 5 habits every day then you will maintain your weight loss. So try not to over think it. Strive for daily success and be the best that you can be.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life