Weight Loss Timing:
Although there is no, per say, ‘wrong time’ to engage in the act of self-improvement by way of losing weight, there can definitely be suboptimal timing that will set a dieter up for ineffective application of a weight loss regimen and precedent failure. Time misdirection can affect your weight loss efficiency rate and can rear-up in multiple forms; such as too much distraction, not enough distraction, too much down time, chaotic schedules, and just plain lack of attention and focus on yourself.
Your weight is the key stone for the level of happiness in which you are allowed to exist in todays world. Your appearance is the platform that generates the basis of your acceptance socially, allows you to generate your confidence, and defines the scale of the self-worth in which you perceive yourself. This condition is set by guidelines that are dictated by society, the world of fashion, beauty, and entertainment, advertising industries, and even enfolds our healthcare providers as well as the medical community as a whole. This predilection to ideal body weight and body mass creates less than ideal conditions that affects and/or afflicts millions of Americans of every gender, age group, ethnicity, and social demographic.
Setting Back to School Status:
Acceptable boundaries and tolerable limitations are set and re-set daily about the expectations of our looks, our size, our pounds, our body mass, and the shape in which we wear them; especially as the school year begins. It is the case for male and female students in every level of both public and private education systems. Being overweight can generate platforms for bullying, rob a child or teenager of self-esteem, disembody necessary confidence, and rob your child of adequate social opportunities; therefore, it is no big surprise that parents and students alike place such emphasis on the issues of weight, weight-gain, weight-loss, and body size in general.
Most people perceive the New Year or even mid-spring as the ideal time to begin the endeavor of trying to lose weight and that in itself could be the defining element to the percentage of over-all monumental failure that most often is the fruit of their efforts.
The New Year doesn’t work for most of us because it is also the time that we are focused on a thousand other ‘resolutions’ and inevitably it is far too easy to become overwhelmed with the effort. Not to mention that a good weight loss regimen entails dietetic changes that can merit even brief strain on an already depleted budget that is trying to recuperate from holiday expenses; therefore, these facts makes this particular season very inefficient as the ideal time for applying effective weight loss. Distractions are too high, budgets are too stretched, and usually stress is at its peak levels making the idea of effectually applied weight loss for a sustainable period of time inadequate for the circumstances of your daily life.
Then we roll into Spring and once again, it is the season to be inspired for the next phase of ambitions of weight loss. The objective at this point is to attain a desirable form/body shape for wearing those cute but revealing summer fashion ensembles.
This also leads into a very short run of industrious weight loss application because—life just tends to get the better of our minutes, hours, and days; it is far too easy and prevalent to eat on the go with a new fast food take out option around every corner and Spring is a very fast-paced frenzied season. Daily activities are fast paced and take over, heat can generate a desire to stay-in or not cook at home; as well inspire spur-of-the-moment barbeques and cook-outs. The foods are rich, the preferred drinks sweet, and the carbs run rampant in the form of sandwiches and processed food selections.
That is why the beginning of the ‘SCHOOL YEAR’ is such an optional idea for beginning a weight loss regimen that automatically entails a sustainable weight loss platform that will be grounded by a structured schedule. The weather becomes more temperate and tolerably inviting, and the season abounds with healthy foods that are rich in flavor, color and texture; beckoning you to partake. Structure and scheduling is not only the foundation of effective weight loss which is very reliant upon planning, you can build and sustain your plan from for easy routine live-ability and regular maintenance that is ensconced within the beginning of a new school year.
Formatting the Idea:
There are a plethora of remedies and forms of assistance offered to help you with your weight issues, but caution must be observed when it comes to the ‘yo-yo’ effects of fad dieting, the health risks of pharmaceuticals and/or mass produced supplements, as well as the outright dangers of medical interference; such as surgery.
Weight loss isn’t something that most people can just jump ‘in-there’ and accomplish with proficiency. It can be a harrowing process that can diminish self-esteem, become disheartening, and even led to the other side of the ‘buck’ in the form of health complications, if the correct measures are not recognized or the adequate form applied.
Weight is not gained overnight, therefore neither is it dropped overnight. A diet takes vigilance, perseverance, and diligent application. It isn’t just a matter of changing your eating habits; it is a situation that requires lifestyle changes in the forms of medical supervision, getting more physical activity, consuming more water, adapting a coercive sleep regimen, and destressing on many levels.
As with any lifestyle change the best ideas begin with a plan. Dieting and/or weight loss is defined as a good idea but to make it successfully doable a playable game-plan is the best way to begin.
- Adapt a plan—Dieting isn’t simply just about eating less or just different. It is about portion control, that shouldn’t be surrendered as sacrifice. It is about healthy food choices, where to look for them, how to count them, and what level of importance they play in your nutrition on a daily scale.
First check with a healthcare provider and make sure there is not a medical reason for your weight retention then get into action and proactive decision making with a workable diet plan that suits or will intertwine with your particular lifestyle.
One great way of doing this is through counting your macros and employing some form of flexible dieting as your base plan. This particular type of diet allows you to lose weight, build muscle, eat some level of the things you love, and maintain well rounded nutrition throughout your dieting experience.
- Set Goals—one of the best ways to stay on track with any form of dieting is to set goals for yourself, on a personal scale and level it off with your close family or even room/house mates. Make sure that you keep the goals realistically attainable. Don’t over reach what is beyond doable or beyond healthy.
Know where you are starting from, what you are reaching for, be prepared for variances, and set your pace. Monitor yourself often but not so frequently that you discourage yourself. Don’t become complacent, but also don’t get discouraged. You may have to adjust or modify your methods or numbers a few times before you reach the level of success that you are comfortable with but just be diligent and patient. Losing weight is a process that sometimes takes a little more time and/or work for us than others, but with the right amount of determination you will get where you want to be.
- Get into Action—No amount of dieting will ever reach its full optimal level of effectiveness if you retain a sedimentary existence. Exercise is the most proficient way to obtain the maximum befit from your diet. You will burn calories, help build muscle mass and keep tissues from degenerating, improve cardiovascular function and rise your metabolism so that your body will burn calories and monumentally process sugars even when you are in your resting states.
Exercise doesn’t have to be extreme, organized and expensive, nor does it have to become life altering in an extreme way. You can range it from dancing to the music you love, walking while you are on the phone or hanging out with friends, tossing a ball back and forth, or even working around the house. After all exercise is a form of physical activity, therefore, any physical activity will do for a novice.
- Food Choices—Last but not least choose your foods wisely and enjoy less more often. In a flexible diet setting, you will instill less chances of cheating, yo-yo weight loss and gain, as well as avoid binge eating if you allow yourself at least some of the things you love and use more strict portion control. You will also be afforded cheat periods like maybe one day a week of a free choice as you reach your milestones.
Choose a well-rounded menu with a variety of choices that include:
1). Lean Proteins that will build muscle mass.
- skinless white meat turkey or chicken • Tofu or any soy food •seeds
- Ground beef that is at least 90% lean • nuts and nut butters
- Pork loin • eggs
- Fish; including shellfish • low fat dairy
2). Absorbable carbohydrates that will turn into energy that is burnable and useable.
- Oatmeal • Legumes • Milk
- Fruits • Potatoes • Popcorn
- Acorn Squash • Whole wheat bread • Barley
3). Fibers that are natural and unprocessed such as fruits and whole fresh vegetables.
- Blackberries • Raspberries • Kiwi • Avocado
- Apples • Pears • Bananas • Beets
- Grapefruit • Pumpkin • Butternut Squash • Figs
4). Your healthy fats the poly and mono unsaturated that are key for your brain to function at peak
natural levels and maintain balance.
- Yogurt • Soybeans • Dark Chocolate • Avocados
- Cheese • Coconut or coconut oils • Olive or olive oil • Flaxseed
- Peanut Butter • Almonds • Eggs • Fish and Salmon
Menus and Meal Planning:
One key way to armor yourself against slipping, cheating, and binging during the task of dieting is to plan a menu that correlates between the foods that you and/or your family will eat and the daily objective of caloric intake that it will take to meet your dieting and/or weight loss goals.
Choose the meat or protein source as the main ingredient then gravitate or build the rest of your meal around that as your center core. Use guidelines that are set in the food groups that target the end goal of your diet plan and target your success through planning, premeasuring, and even pre-preparing selections for easy convince and accessibility. You can develop your menu by the week or by the month simply by sitting aside the time on Saturday afternoon after shopping or Sunday evening as a family endeavor.
Meal planning isn’t the only thing that is entailed in a weekly or monthly menu. There is also the accoutrement of snacks that should be included for multiple purposes; whether they are to be eaten at home or carried on the road to that Friday night high school game.
You can heighten your chances and levels of success by reading food labels and staying away from processed foods that are full of unnatural fillers, additives, dyes that can actually promote hunger and lethargy, preservatives that can bloat and cause water retention, along with hidden or processed sugars. Another thing that you need to look for is whole foods that have not been genetically modified so that you can target and better predict the way(s) your body will react after ingestion.
Tips for Success:
- Remember using/counting macros in your diet plan is easy and allows for a very flexible dietetic selection.
- Prep ahead so that you can resist complacency.
- Balanced well rounded nutrition is key, especially for growing developing children and teenagers.
- Make it a family endeavor that participates in food selection, food prep, and physical activities.
- Don’t be afraid of getting creative in the kitchen, learning new things, adventure, and exploring new taste.
- Rewards and free days make it easier to resist cheating and/or binge eating.
- Monitor stress and get adequate sleep regularly.
- Monitor your tv time, computer time, and video gaming; don’t spend too much time in passive activities.