LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
You can’t compare yourself to anyone else on this journey, and you have to understand that every dieting style and weight loss tip won’t always work for YOU.
When I first started my health journey, I knew I needed to get in shape. I wanted to learn how to eat better and how to find the best ways to workout. “Weight loss” was my goal, and I knew I wanted to look “fit”. But in all honesty, I really didn’t know what I was doing. Looking back I realize how off I was with estimating how many calories I needed, and I was unaware that eating is the MOST important part of weight loss and getting healthy.
In fact, I discovered it’s not about how little you can eat (that’s never the thing to aim for), but HOW you eat and fuel your body.
I know I’m not perfect, but I will say that I’ve pretty much figured out my body when it comes to fueling it with the right foods. I know how long it takes before my body gets hungry again after a meal.
How quickly I get hungry depends on how active I was, what the meal consisted of, how much I already ate that day, and even the time of day it is. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else on this journey, and you have to understand that every dieting style and weight tip won’t always work for YOU.
Stop Counting Calories
Since I heard this piece of advice from a fit, pretty girl I thought, “Well, then that’s the way to do it!”
I remember hearing once that meals should be kept under 300 calories… I don’t like mentioning numbers but really, 300 calories is a SNACK for me now. Since I heard this piece of advice from a fit, pretty girl I thought, “Well, then that’s the way to do it!”
Even if my body told me that I was still hungry, I just ignored it.
I thought, “there’s no way I’m actually hungry.” But let me tell you, that’s bad for your metabolism. Bad for your relationship with food. Bad for your relationship with your body. It’s just bad.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s possible that we do sometimes eat when we think we’re hungry, but we’re really not. Most of the time it happens because we are dehydrated, exhausted from lack of sleep, or highly stressed. We end up pointlessly or mindlessly snacking, or binging because we’ve mistaken our other needs, like sleep or thirst, for hunger.
However, don’t deny yourself food when you’re actually hungry because you’re going over your “calorie goal”.
Learn How to Listen to Your Body Instead
No Pinterest diet plan, Kardashian body plan, 30 day challenge, or anything like that knows your body better than you.
So what’s a girl to do? I know it’s difficult when you’re first starting out you’re eager to see results. You look to others for guidance and advice, and obviously, that’s totally fine! But just remember that your body is indeed unique and it doesn’t know numbers.
I now have a pretty good PERSONALIZED eating routine/pattern. I’m not afraid of carbs or fat. Many types of diets demonize those two macronutrients, but that doesn’t mean that’s what works for you.
I also learned it doesn’t matter if you eat past 7 o’clock. It’s YOUR body. No Pinterest diet plan, Kardashian body plan, 30-day challenge, or anything like that knows your body better than you.
You’re not supposed to be starving when trying to lose weight or get fit.
Calorie counting and extreme diets aren’t the answer. It’s way better to eat when you’re hungry and to manage your blood sugar levels so that you don’t get clouded by hunger and energy dips. That way you can always make clear-headed, healthy decisions so that you can feel good in your body.
TAKEAWAY: LEARN HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Don’t be afraid to find out what your body needs and how to take care of it… it’s the best thing you can do for YOU!
And remember…. Just because you don’t eat or work out like some model, another health and fitness guru, a celebrity, or anyone else, doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong.
It’s your life. Your happiness. YOUR BODY. 🙂
To help you discover what works for you, I have a nifty online workbook that I think will do just the thing!
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