Why they call it a lifestyle change

If you’ve ever tried fat diets, extreme workout plans and all things in between, this ones for you!

Have you ever been on a restricted eating plan? I’m willing to put a bet on that you have, and I have a feeling that at some point you packed in that diet. Any mention of diet to most people brings up thoughts like: “I can’t eat that”, “I have to eat rabbit food”, or “I’m going to have to spend my entire life in the gym”.

Why? Why? The truth is, dieting is not a longterm approach. They are all short-term, which ultimately leads to no results, making you feel pretty crappy about yourself.

If you think about it, in order for someone to gain weight, you have to live a lifestyle that caters to gaining weight.

Whether that’s from excessive eating or lack of physical activity. The weight doesn’t just jump onto you overnight. It may take years of poor habits to get to your current level.

If it took 5-10 years to pile on all that weight, it won’t just fall off in a single week or even 12 weeks for some. There lies the answer, if it took a certain lifestyle to gain weight, it’s going to take a different lifestyle to take it off. It’s a permanent change in the way you live. Being in shape should be the result of how you live every day.

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If you fix the habits or actions that have caused the weight gain, you can cause the weight to come off.

Cleaning up some daily habits will often do the trick. For example, if you drink a can of fizzy drink every day with your lunch change that for water. Just that one simple change added up over 1 year will result in a 16 pound difference. Add 30 minutes of physical activity 3-4 times a week and there’s at least another 12 pounds each year.

A great habit is to just drink water all day long – not only will you get the benefit of hydration you’ll also skip the extra calories from fizzy drinks, fruit juices and coffee mocha delights.

Take 1 year, and week by week, improve on your current habits with nutrition or physical activity. By the end of the year you will have seen results, all from those very slight changes. Losing weight doesn’t have to be restrictive or obsessive in any sense of the word. Take my macro counting for example, it doesn’t restrict what I eat, it just makes sure I’m eating the right things.

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It all comes back to what your lifestyle is like, that’s what will ultimately determine what your weight will be.

You’ve probably heard of someone getting liposuction or another form of weight reduction surgery. Often times they just gain every bit of the weight back, they got their quick fix, but in the end, their lifestyle just puts the weight back on.

If you’re just looking for some juice or fat-burner fads, I suggest you realign your thoughts on weight loss. Losing weight is a process, not an event. I bet you would like to maintain your weight once you get there. Dieting means you will eventually quit that behaviour and most likely rebound back to your previous weight.

You don’t want to fall into that cycle just like a yo-yo, going up and down and up and down. Weight loss is more than just a temporary fix, it’s a lifestyle change. Be like a rock, when a rock is dropped it just drops, and stays down.

If you’re wanting to start on your fitness and lifestyle “change up” journey, be sure to check out my YouTube channel soon and start your journey with me!

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28 Comments

  1. Jun 4, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Cleaning up bad habits and implementing healthy lifestyle habits are key to losing weight and feeling great. Heading over to your YouTube for more!

    • Jun 4, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Definitely are hun! Nothing up at the moment but will keep you updated 🙂 x

  2. Jun 4, 2018 / 10:39 am

    I absolutely agree with you that quick diet fixes are only temporary and changing your habits will increase longer term changes even with the slightest food or workout adjustment. That’s great that you have an app to help monitor what you do. I’ll check out your YouTube video.

    • Jun 4, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Definitely hun! 🙂 I love the MyFitnessPal app, it’s such a fab tool! Nothing up yet but will keep you updated when the first vlog is loaded!

  3. Jun 4, 2018 / 10:43 am

    This is so true! I’m currently on a bit of a health kick, as I’ve just gone through a breakup and realised I’ve gained quite a bit of relationship weight haha. It’s so true about drinking water all day, it makes me feel so much more satisfied.

    eleanor x

    • Jun 4, 2018 / 12:32 pm

      Aww no I’m so sorry about your breakup hun! 🙁 keep pushing forward and focus on your health kick to keep you going! 🙂 x

  4. Jun 4, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    This is some good advice. I also have a similar post where I talk about the importance of changing your lifestyle, once you do that weight loss can be simple.

  5. Jun 4, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Fantastic thoughts on weight loss and lifestyle. I’ve always thought that slow and steady is the way to go.

    • Jun 5, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Definitely agree! It takes time for sure and isn’t a quick fix

  6. Jun 4, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Everything in moderation and plenty of exercise is the only way to go.

  7. Jun 4, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    I totally believe in the power habits can have on your life and how important layering good habits are!

    • Jun 5, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Totally agree, changing up those bad habits really does help!

  8. Jun 5, 2018 / 1:09 am

    To me a balanced nutrition is a way of life … slowly your body starts cravng the good stuff and rejects the bad stuff (I get a tummy ache every time I have chips form Macdoonald’s) … it’s all about consistency

    • Jun 5, 2018 / 9:31 am

      I’m at that phase too, if I eat sugar, I pretty much crave vegetables not long after haha

  9. Jun 5, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Soo true! My whole life I never had weight issues. Then I had my baby! The weight just didnt come off like it used to after that. It really made me realize exactly what you are saying here! I got to stop eating the Little Debbie cakes and stop thinking some pill Kim Kardashian takes is going to balance it out! Great advice!

    • Jun 5, 2018 / 9:32 am

      Aww bless you! I can imagine that was tough! Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

  10. Jun 5, 2018 / 10:24 am

    100% agree that quick fixes don’t last! Will need to go and check out your youtube channel and follow your journey.

    • Jun 5, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      They really don’t! Aww thanks hun, will keep you all updated when my first vlog goes live!

  11. Cassie
    Jun 5, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    Such a true statement, I’m currently working on that

  12. Jun 5, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    The hardest part of a lifestyle change is when you’re the only one in your house making that commitment. When other adults in the house (your spouse for example) are not willing, nor need to make a change, it’s hard to keep yourself motivated and going strong. But, it is possible. 20 pounds down, and my husband will not eat healthy with me… lol!

    • Jun 5, 2018 / 4:05 pm

      I totally agree, my partner does it with me but he still eats crap every so often and I have to try and remain good, which is super tough! Oh wow congrats hun! That’s an amazing achievement! 🙂

  13. Jun 11, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    I love that you are starting at the root of the problem…our habits. It’s so true that we need to start there!

    • Jun 11, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Always gotta start at the roots! I think that applies to so many different aspects of our lives.

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