“I’m Unhappy With My Body, but I Love Food.”

June 22, 2014

“I’m unhappy with my body, but I love food. Help.”

My friend texted me this last week, and I figured a lot of people have probably said this before.

It’s a common misconception that to lose fat, weight, or whatever, you have to completely starve yourself, eat foods you hate, eat salads all day, and never be able to enjoy food you love if you want to change your body. Wrong.

 

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Yes, you have to make some dietary changes in order to change your body, but nothing needs to be drastic. And of course you have to include exercise and sleep into your plan in order to see results, however, you need to make small changes a little at a time.

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In fact, it’s better if you don’t do anything drastic, so you don’t mess with your metabolism. If you did, it won’t last, and you’ll end up gaining back the same amount, or even more weight than before. Slow and steady wins the race. 

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Making small changes go a long way. Here are some things to focus on if you are just starting out towards a healthier journey:

  • Include exercise, a mix of cardio and weight training, a few times per week. Increase from there!
  • Choose healthier options when making a meal.
  • Have a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to have a healthy and satiating meal.
  • Fill your plate with vegetables, and make them taste good so you enjoy them.
  • Cut down the amount of times you eat out. You can definitely still do so,  but doing it less may be beneficial to you.
  • Cut down on alcohol. Meaning, no binge drinking and getting wasted every night (for kids my age). Alcohol is empty calories, so just be mindful.
  • Try to improve yourself each week. Make one small change and once that becomes a habit, include another. So on, and so forth.
  • Watch your portions.
  • Try to eat mostly whole, healthy foods. BUT, enjoy your favorite foods in moderation.
  • No foods are completely off limits.
  • Eat ENOUGH.

The last one is important. A lot of people who are just getting started with their journey think that they have to cut calories drastically, and workout more. That will just set you up for destruction. You want to keep your calories as high as possible while still seeing changes. 

Just starting out, it’s important not to get too overwhelmed. You want to enjoy your journey, and make sure that this lifestyle is benefitting you, and not making you more stressed out. Once you get more into it and want to set some goals, then you can worry about things like counting calories, macros, etc.

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Making small changes a little at a time WILL allow you to see results. And yes, this includes eating foods that you love. NOTHING happens overnight. You can’t expect to do one workout and eat some brussel sprouts and expect to have a 6 pack the next morning. Stay consistent, be patient, enjoy the journey.

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Do you have any advice for people just starting out on their health and fitness journey?

What were some changes you made when you started out?

 

6 Comments
    1. I think we can all relate to that statement!! who doesn’t love food? it’s a wonderful thing 🙂 to add to the last comment on don’t expect a six pack over night.. or ever! for some it might mean getting their bf to an healthy percentage in order to show definition 🙂
      loved this post girl

    1. I especially love that you included eating enough in the list 😀 I think that one of the biggest mistakes women make is eating too little and exercising too much. It may work in the short term, but you’re only setting yourself up for failure in the long run… Slowed metabolisms are a pain in the butt to restore.

    1. I absolutely adore food, I live to eat! HA HA. My advice to everyone starting out on a healthier lifestyle is to eat UNPROCESSED FOOD! No sugar or trans fat refined foods! Fruits can be just as sweet as… SWEETS – you just have to experiment. It’s all about trial and error! 🙂 Rome wasn’t built in a day, so your healthy eating lifestyle won’t happen over night either!

    1. Love this so much Brittany!!
      It definitely is a process that takes time – figuring out what is right for us. It takes experiments, relapses and baby steps towards progress and goals. I love that you pray eating enough! Can’t stand the message of cutting down on calories and increasing cardio. So old.

    1. Great tips, Brittany!
      I’m with Amanda – eating ENOUGH is so important. People just start to see food as the enemy and a lot of the time, develop an unhealthy relationship with it.

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