Truly getting healthy and changing your life isn’t something that’s merely an outside change. No, in order to truly be healthy, you have to change from the inside out. Begin by altering your relationship with food and how you think about it. Also, focus on having a healthy mind, body, and spirit, not just on weight loss; that will come naturally if you develop healthy habits. To help you start developing those healthy habits and, in the process, a healthy mindset, follow our simple tips.
Tip #1: Learn to Know When You’re Truly Hungry
One of the biggest problems people often have is understanding when they’re truly hungry. Many people eat for reasons other than actual hunger, such as stress, giving up smoking, or wanting to soothe emotional pain. Others simply misread their bodily signals and confuse other physical needs, such as thirst, for hunger. By drinking more water, especially before meals, staying hydrated and always taking a moment to ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?’ before you eat, you can get better in touch with what your body is really trying to tell you.
Tip #2: Step Away from the Scale
Today’s culture is much too weight-obsessed. It’s important for you to know and understand that you are more than a number. While it’s okay to weigh yourself once a week or so, don’t get into the habit of daily weighing; this will only frustrate you as your body naturally fluctuates with food intake and as fluid and waste move through the body. Instead of setting your goal as a specific weight you want to reach, just focus on being healthier and fit in general. This is what will really pay off in the long run and what will make a longer-lasting change.
Tip #3: Don’t Follow a “Diet”
Just as you shouldn’t get too hung up on reaching a specific number on the scale, you also shouldn’t worry too much about sticking to a strict diet or plan. No diet, especially not a fad diet, is going to magically change your life. Thus, don’t follow a diet that sets you up for failure; instead, focus on eating healthy, getting more exercise, and engaging in a nutritious, fit lifestyle all-around.
Tip #4: Love Yourself
Finally, remember that throughout the entire weight loss process, you need to love and accept yourself! You may not be exactly where you want to be in terms of your weight, but that’s not the only thing that matters, and you are working on the problem. That doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t love yourself just as you are; you’re only going to get better anyway, and having this positive attitude will make reaching your goals so much easier.