When people make fun of fat people or discriminate, feeling angry and hurt is inevitable. But as they say, “You cannot change others. You can only change yourself”. So the best way to deal with Sizism is to drop a few sizes. But how can you drop a few sizes when food is the only thing that excites you? Believe me, it’s a little difficult, but not impossible. You just need a change of attitude.
Change Your Goal
If you always start a weight loss program to look good, or to fit into old clothes, chances are that you often give up! How others see you should not define your goals and actions. Do it for yourself. Do it for the right reasons. Instead of trying to “look like a model”, decide to “become healthier”.
No Stop Gap Arrangements Please!
Going on a diet to shed 10 kilos can do you more harm than good. Research says that people who lose weight by dieting, almost always put it all back within months. Also, going on a diet robs your body of essential minerals and vitamins. Shifting the focus away from weight loss, and towards healthy living, makes sure that you inculcate good habits for life.
What are these “good habits” and how can you inculcate them for life?
• Throw “Trans Fats” out of your life. Trans fats are known to cause heart disease and also make you obese. These are also linked with infertility in general and ovulation problems in specific. Read the label of every food product you buy to see if it has Trans Fats. Bakery items have huge quantities of Trans Fats, so avoid items that you have not baked at home.
• Learn to distinguish between hunger and thirst. Most of the time when we jump to satiate our hunger, actually we are merely thirsty and not hungry! Hydrate your body at regular intervals by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. This is also essential to flush out the toxins from your body.
• Carbohydrates are not your enemy! Most fad diets preach a “zero carb” lifestyle. But can you do that for life? Removing carbs from your life can rob you of healthy nutrients and make you moody. It is better to learn to eat carbs in a healthy way, and follow that for life. Focus on complex carbs like whole wheat and brown rice. Avoid simple carbs like white sugar, white flour etc.
• Breakfast like a queen. Omitting breakfast is the most common mistake all dieters commit. But the importance of having “the most important meal of the day” cannot be stressed enough! So go ahead and treat yourself to a power packed breakfast every day. Include some cereal, a fruit and milk in your breakfast everyday.
• Take up some form of activity. If you are not an exercise enthusiast, you can still take up some form of activity. Walking is the easiest and cheapest form of exercise, besides being a full-body workout that is easy to stick to. Inculcate the habit of taking a 30-40 minute walk every day. Besides walking, swimming is also an activity that people enjoy. Taking up sports is also a fun-filled way to burn calories while enjoying social interactions and spirit of competitiveness.
• Identify patterns of your eating. Do you eat the most of your food in the beginning of the day, or towards the end? For good health, most of your calories should be consumed in the first half of the day. In fact, experts advise to completely avoid carbs and energy dense foods after 7 P.M. If you feel hungry later in the evening, make yourself a low-cal salad or grab a fruit.
It is also important to check if you are indulging in “emotional eating”. Are you eating for reasons other than hunger? Do you grab a chocolate bar when you are lonely? Emotional eating can be tackled with a good daily food and exercise plan. Do not starve yourself and incorporate some activity into your life.
These are simple habits that can be integrated into your daily life. There is nothing extreme about these habits, so you can continue to do them all through your life. Since there is nothing “over the top” about these tips, do not expect “over the top” results either! Give yourself a few months before expecting to see a change. Weight loss might take a few months, but I assure you, good health will start on the very first day!