The days of skipping meals, drinking our calories and eating only grapefruit for a week are long gone.
As a society, our nutrition and fitness knowledge base has evolved. In this information age, we have every resource at the tip of our typing fingers. Yet, there are deceptions of 'how to get skinny' inundating our thinking on a daily basis. It's time to rise above the marketing trash and get S.M.A.R.T. (Satisfaction, Movement, Awareness, Repatition, Tenacity).
To keep it simple, here are five very doable actions that you can pro-actively employ that will help you attain your weight loss goals.
Satisfaction: Know Your Point of Satisfaction
Next time you sit down to eat a meal; put a conscious effort into mentally reading your satisfaction meter. Understanding and knowing when you are full will shift your mood and your thinking. Your mind-body connection is a powerful relationship. In an article written by Harvard Medical School, communication happens between the gut and the brain when food enters the small intestine. A hormonal response is secreted and sends automatic messages through the vagus nerve to our brain.
Be conscious of this amazing process happening within your body. Learn your point of satisfaction, and save yourself from over-stuffing by instilling patience. Trust in your physical aptitude doing its perfect work.
Movement: Move Your Body More and Make Activity a Part of Your Life
Moving is an important part of fully embracing the joys of life. A good 'ole game of baseball in the park, and the joy of traveling the city streets on foot, can only be accomplished with an active mindset and body.
Physical activity snaps our hormone production into full gear, and instantly creates endorphins that make us feel good. When you catch yourself feeling unmotivated, it is vital to your happiness that you mentally breakthrough your doldrums and tap into your bodies intelligence.
Movement is the placebo pill to life balance, and is available as an energy life-force anytime you need it. Open your mind to a new menu of possibilities and move your body at each opportunity.
Awareness: Reframing Your Perspective on 'Living Healthy' Through Awareness
Digging up and cultivating what lies beneath your surface is a healthy practice. Understanding your habits and behaviors will liberate you to embrace change and shift into a higher gear of living from your true potential. Deepak Chopra says, "In any aspect of life, attention and awareness foster growth. Whenever you focus your attention on a subject or phenomenon, the object of your attention will grow stronger."
Imagine how your fitness level can greatly improve by incorporating this viewpoint into your daily life. When you crash into the pitfalls of eating unhealthy, Ask yourself, "Why?" There is a greater purpose to be learned through failure, than just feeling bad about your mistake. More often than not, a deep-seeded behavior is merely peeking its head from the man-hole.