1. Find the Root Cause
As mentioned earlier, what and how much one eats are two big factors that affect body weight. Overeating and frequent snacking can contribute to weight gain. For those who make a habit of snacking, or eat frequently, it can be helpful to stop and ask why one feels the need to do so. One of the most common causes for snacking is not hunger, but mood regulation: people tend to eat when they are upset, and that makes them feel better; however, comfort foods can add unwanted calories, along with fats and sugars. Best to find healthier ways to cope.
2. Prioritize the Self
It’s easy to get lost in responsibilities, bogged down with meeting the needs of others or, or otherwise have precious little time to spend on the self. This can lead to making poor choices for health in the moment. For example, for someone always on the go, instead of making a healthy meal to take with them for lunch, or sitting down to a balanced breakfast, it is more efficient in terms of time to grab something on the go. Such meals, however, are loaded with salt and fat. It’s critical to make time for healthy meals and exercise regimens.
3. Personalize Strategies
When it comes to weight loss, routines can get boring, or they can be the saving grace. It depends on the person in question. Therefore, one must find a strategy that works for themselves and adjust it if it is not working out. Speaking of workouts, this is especially true of remaining active. While all substantial exercise will help one lose fat, different exercises work different muscle groups and the stress the body in different ways. Variation keeps one balanced but also committed. Finding a strategy that is exciting or challenging, rather than just bearable, makes all the difference.
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Losing weight can be very difficult, but it is integral to overall health. So many serious illnesses can be avoided, and so much more of life can be experienced when one maintains a healthy weight. Progress takes time and requires commitment; because of this, it’s important to figure out what obstacles are limiting progress and remove them, to prioritize one’s health as a goal, and to create personalized plans to work towards that goal. It is something that others can help with, but ultimately, the burden is on the individual. It’s up to all of us to do our best.