Friday, 12 July 2013
1st Step to a Healthier Lifestyle
How old are you? That is how long it has taken you to develop your current habits and lifestyle. It happened gradually over time, so don't rush into doing some fad diet or new super exercise routine (unless otherwise instructed by your doctor), as the chances are you won't stick to it. The best method is to go easy on yourself and make gradual changes that you can stick to. It can be very easy to get healthy as long as you don't beat yourself up about having immediate results. You weren't born looking and living exactly like you are now, so give yourself some slack and realize it is going to take time to get the lifestyle you want.
If you are looking to lose some weight or just interested in having a healthier lifestyle the very first step that I have learned is to drink one more cup of water a day than you do already. Add one glass of water to your day and do this for at least 2 - 3 weeks everyday until you get used to it. That's all you need to do for now. If you are already getting your 6 - 8 cups of water daily then you don't need to take this step and well done, you probably already lead a reasonably healthy lifestyle.
If you don't drink any water, then start drinking one cup a day. It is best to sip the water, not to chug it down. Try keeping a glass of water beside you if you sit at a desk and take your time drinking it or maybe have a glass of water while you watch television. You could try replacing something else you drink with that glass of water. Don't start off trying to get your 6-8 cups of water right away, as this is a drastic change from what you are use to and you might stop drinking it altogether. Go slow, and make gradual changes to your lifestyle to help you stick to those changes better.
If you are already drinking water daily, then figure out how much you are getting. If it is less than 6-8 cups try adding one more cup to your daily routine. Keep in mind that if you are eating raw fruits and vegetables, soups and other watery foods, you may be getting a good supply of water with what you eat, so try to keep it balanced.
If you are a tea or coffee drinker, you might want to try replacing one of those drinks with hot water with a bit of lemon added. This is best first thing in the morning, according to a nutritionist friend of mine.
If you don't like the non-flavour of water try adding a little lemon. Slice a lemon into quarters and squeeze one quarter into your water, hot or cold, however you prefer it. I personally, would not recommend adding flavour packets unless it is the only and I mean only way you will drink water. Try the water on it's own at first and if you won't drink it then try it with the lemon. The more natural you keep what you put in your body, the better. Adding a chemical mixture for flavour to a glass of water rather defeats the purpose of drinking it and won't be as healthy for you. If you must drink it with flavour added, try to ween yourself off the flavour packets by trying the water with lemon again and then eventually onto plain water. The healthier you get the more you will like eating and drinking healthier. Remember it is a gradual, slow change.
Most people that take on a fad diet and lose a lot of weight quickly, end up not only gaining back the weight they lost, but they gain even more weight on top of it. This is not healthy. If those people diet, lose weight, gain the weight plus more back, diet again, lose weight, gain the weight back plus more, diet again, etc... over and over again, it is called yo-yo dieting and causes a lot of health problems. For the most part, people that are selling quick weight loss diets are doing so to make money, not to try to help people. Keep your money for yourself, and stop following fad diets. Try to adapt to a healthy lifestyle, slowly and carefully so that you can make improvements over time and live the rest of your life as healthy and happy as possible.:-)