Eating Healthy during the holidays
If I were to count how much ink and webspace has been used, written and actually wasted on trying to lose weight after the holidays, I would not have enough spaces for the zeros to type out.
So much has been written and tried and yet so many people flood the internet in January looking for the "miraculous way " to lose the holiday bulge in full.
Well let me break it down to you: there is no such miraculous way. As far science is concerned, diet and exercise are still the main keys.
The " I do it myself" way has produced more yo-yos effects than there are hot days in Florida, so we all might as well prepare to the fact that....good, lasting results require long, steady changes.
Based on my experience with people, most people will eat like there is no tomorrow between now and the end of December, then come January first, they all want to start eating 1/5 of what they are used to and this is hardly ever lasting.
That can definitely reduce all the excess for a while, but how long can it last? How long can people last eating less than a bird?
Not very long.
For many people the motivation lasts only until that great bowl of pasta marinara comes to the table...
So how to overcome this?
I found many people fall under a few categories of motivation types. With this differentiation, I have found that certain people get motivated by certain topics and not others and if they know themselves enough,they can master this and use their TRUE motivating factors to stick to a weight loss plan.
Motivation factors in people
1) Fear-based " I will be ugly, I will be unhealthy, therefore I need to do something now'.
This is not a " positive" way to have motivation, because many people in this category wait until they have multiple medical issues to really grasp they are in serious health risk
2)Ego-based " I must look good, I must look 20 years younger..." etc.
This can also be a controversial motivation if the person is only motivated by external factors and not health factors.
3)Structure-based. There are people who literally need an bullet point about everything and if they do not have such a schematic process to follow, they will be simply overwhelmed and will not do anything or not enough.
Which one are you?
Do this easy test to find out
A-When you see yourself in the mirror, you think:
1) Boy I look like I could lose weight but don't know where to begin
2)I want to be thinner because I must be hot
3)oh whatever, I am a few pounds over, I will diet but will not go crazy
B-When you wish to start a project
1) You need an "A through Z" spreadsheet
2) you are confident and know where to start and go to
3)you do not even start, you are stressed thinking about it. Monday I will deal with this
C-How you look at a very high Kcalorie plate of food
1) Somehow I will lose weight. I will read the internet and figure something out
2)My body is hotter than that
3)My cholesterol was borderline: I will worry when Its high. Now lets eat!
D-How you perceive yourself
3)eh, what the hell, I am fine
E-How do you function at work
1) if I get an email from HR, its my sign I must speed my act with that project
2)I need to shine
3)oh I am ok until I am in trouble
If you scored more 1 answers: You are motivated by structure'
Mostly 2 answers, By Ego
Mostly 3, by Fear
Knowing yourself and what motivates you, will most likely guarantee success.
Going with a health plan that is made for things that resonate with you, will have a much higher possibility to work.
Once you know these vital facts about yourself, you can go about anything you want, no matter how hard they might be. I am always available via a free 30 minute consultation, to determine how I can best help you attain your very healthiest self.
Email me at Mikayla@raisinhealthinternational.com
RD, LD, CLEC, Energy Medicine Practitioner