Growing up, I was always pretty active and was always apart of some sort of sport. During my last year and a half of high school, that all started to change. Once I stopped playing sports and began getting stressed about college, I started gaining weight. Obviously, this is not a huge deal, but I didn’t feel like myself and became pretty unhappy. I never actually aimed to lose weight, but just made it a goal to listen to my body better and figure out what was going on. Here are a few things I did that ultimately led to my happiest self; of course we are all different, so take this one with a grain of salt.
+ learn to listen to your body
I LOVE food (who doesn’t?) and have a tendency to eat something because it tastes good… not because I’m hungry. I started to become more conscious of eating when I’m hungry and only until I’m full. A good way to start doing this is by serving yourself smaller plates. I always eat everything in front of me, so if I am served a large plate, I typically eat until I’m done; not until I’m full. Smaller plates allow me to take some time to decide if I want more.
+ consider fasting
Intermittent fasting is something I accidentally did when I started listening to my body more. Fasting is not for everyone and opinions on it vary person to person. Like I said, I realized I was doing this without knowing what it entailed. I usually stop eating after dinner, around 7 or 8 p.m., and eat my first meal of the day around 12 or 1 pm. This began in college when I would stay up super late and sleep in, hence missing the entire morning. My body is so accustomed to this now and it has actually worked so well for me. I have done research on it and have come to my own conclusions on the benefits fasting has on me. With that being said, if I wake up at 8 a.m. hungry, I eat. If I want dessert at 10 p.m., I have it. I use fasting as a general schedule for me.
+ take everything day by day
This goes with my first point, but take everything one day at a time. Sometimes hormones mess with you or your body just straight up isn’t getting the nutrients it needs. Listen to that and do what you have to do… this is why I will never be good at diets. If I want a cupcake, I’m having it!
+ everything in moderation
Everyone knows this one and it’s pretty self-explanatory. I personally cannot diet and cannot resist the foods I want. With that being said, I do try to pay attention to the things I put in my body. I know that dairy throws my skin out of whack, so I try to limit my intake. I know that I don’t feel my best when I eat a ton of sugar, so I try to limit myself to one super sugary thing a day (right now I’m obsessed with Nutella and strawberries). I had a full-blown soda addiction when I was younger and quit drinking it one-day cold turkey, but I’ll have a can every once in a while. I know that I personally do not feel my best when I fully limit myself, but being aware of what you’re allowing and knowing how it makes your body feel is what I believe is most important.
+ don’t be too picky and live a little
Maybe this one is just me, but I hate being an inconvenience to others. If I’m on vacation or at someone’s house for dinner and the meal goes against what I’m trying to do, I go with it every time. This point kind of correlates with my last point, but do it in moderation. When I control my own meals, it’s a bit easier to stick to my points, but sometimes these things are out of your control.
+ drink alllllllll the water
I have been told that you should aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, aim for 50 ounces, 200 pounds 100 ounces, and so on. If you don’t drink a lot of water, this is probably a great place to start, but it’s not enough for me. I try to drink six to eight bottles of water a day. If I don’t, I straight up feel like Spongebob when he’s at Sandy’s without his water tank. My skin gets all weird, I get super tired and lazy, I get really bad back pains or a sore throat. Drinking water does wonders on bloating and also maintaining moderation. I also heard that a lot of the time, when you’re, “hungry,” you’re actually thirsty. I’ve never actually looked into it but seems to be the case a lot of the time with me.