Body Positivity Tips

How to Keep up Body Positivity Even While on a Lengthy Diet

While you’re following a long diet, body positivity is something that can come and go. When it’s not there, it can be tough to remain upbeat and optimistic about where things are heading. After all, when you’re talking months or years of effort, instead of days or weeks, it’s a lot of work.

Throughout the time I’ve been losing weight, I think about food, exercise, sleep and other factors all the time. They’re always somewhere on my mind – front or back. It’s a lot. Especially because I know why those factors are always on my mind. It’s because I haven’t reached my healthy body or goal weight yet. I’m not there. Sometimes, when I’m not at my best, my mind translates that into “you’re flawed, ugly, and never going to get there.” Not a good feeling.

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Keto Diet Mistakes I Made

The 3 Keto Diet Mistakes I Made and Why I Gave Up

15Although I was hoping to be able to give my own review on this trendy form of dieting, I made a lot of keto diet mistakes that I think are better to share. They made the diet unpleasant, likely harder than it would have been, and frustrating enough that I gave up.

I can’t tell you if keto dieting is good or not because I didn’t do it right. So my hope is to be able to share all the ways that I did it wrong, so that if you’re determined to try it, you won’t make the same keto diet mistakes.

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Green Lifestyle for Weight Loss

How to Lose Weight While Living a Green Lifestyle

Living a green lifestyle has become extremely important to the future of the planet. In fact, the majority of us aren’t doing everything that is needed in order to help prevent irreparable damage that will make parts of the world that are currently home to massive populations rapidly uninhabitable. That said, as we make eco-friendly changes to our lives, it’s important to be sure that they aren’t at a cost to our health.

For instance, the last thing you want to do is adopt a green lifestyle and only end up gaining weight as a result. Moreover, many people find that when they’re on a diet, they are already facing considerable restrictions and they are hesitant to impose more lifestyle changes while they’re already overhauling their lives.

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Height, Age and Your Best Body Weight

What Your Height and Age Has to Do with Your Best Body Weight

When I decided it was time for me to start losing weight, I knew I needed to drop some pounds. That said, the first thing most diets ask you when you want to get started is what your goal weight is. Easier said than done. I know what I weighed a million years ago when I was slim and thought that it was easy to keep the weight off (shows what I knew!).

Still, when I look at what my weight was at that time and what it was at my highest, it stopped seeming realistic that I would get back down to that low weight. What’s more, even if I could get down to that weight, it didn’t seem like it was the best idea for me anymore. I started doing some research into what my weight should be and found out that age does actually impact what your ideal weight should be, just like your sex and your height makes a difference.

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Weight Loss Resolution Tips

My 6 Steps to Successfully Achieving This Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

This year, my weight loss resolution is going to succeed. I’ve made it successfully through several New Year’s resolutions in the past and I’m determined to make it happen again in 2019. For this one, I’m prepared with a great strategy with some solid steps to ensure I stick to my promises to myself.

From what I’ve read, less than 10 percent of all New Year’s resolutions will succeed each year. I’m determined to beat the odds and make my weight loss resolution work. I’m especially not going to find myself among the dieters who resolve to lose and end up gaining more than they lost (this is the case in one to two thirds of all weight loss resolutions).

Here are the steps I’m taking to make sure my weight loss resolution will be different from the ones that will fail this year. I’m sharing them in case they can help you to get on the right track, too.

  1. Think of dieting with a different perspective – Instead of thinking of a diet as something I’m doing until I reach my weight loss goal, I’m thinking of it in terms of the gradual changes I plan to make to change my lifestyle for the long term. My diet doesn’t have an end. My weight has a goal, but my diet is the way I plan to eat permanently.
  2. There isn’t anything I can’t do – I’ve stopped saying “I can’t have…” a food or drink that I used to consume. For example, I’ve stopped drinking soda. That said, I don’t say that I can’t have one. Instead, I say that “I don’t drink soda.” It’s something I don’t do anymore. It’s a choice, not a restriction.
  3. Build habits – Gradually, I am going to add new habits to my lifestyle. Instead of trying to stick to a rigid plan, I’m going to introduce a new positive habit and keep doing it until it feels natural and automatic. Once the new habit is secured, I’ll start another one. I’m hoping that I’ll not only add good habits but push out bad ones in this way.
  4. I’ll plan to fail – This doesn’t mean that I think I won’t reach my goal. Of course I’m going to reach it! But now and again, I will slip up from the plan. A new habit won’t stick. I’ll break down and eat two pieces of cheesecake at once. Something will happen and I’ll fail that moment. Then, I’ll get back on track and keep going. A failure isn’t an end. It’s a mistake that will happen now and again. All I need to do is accept that I’ve made the mistake and go back to doing things properly again with forgiveness for myself.
  5. I’ll shop with a list – Sure, I can pick up things that aren’t on my list if I see an incredible sale. That said, I’ll stick to the list for nearly every purchase. This will mean that I have all the food I need to make the meals I want next week, and I’ll have some healthy snacks I like. I won’t give in to the cupcakes, cakes, cookies and other treat foods, no matter how great the sale. That way, sweets remain a rare treat I’ll enjoy all the more.
  6. I’ll visualize – At least once per week – if not more – I’ll visualize my success in achieving my goal. Before making a choice for a food or exercise (or skipping it), I’ll visualize the way that choice will make me feel and correct my behaviors to bring a better outcome.