When it comes to computing, software engineers understand that the key to building a successful system is to take every possible step to remove the chance of user generated errors. In many ways the same is true for the various systems people set up to try and help them lose weight and look after their bodies.
Everybody is different, but a common thread amongst diet plans and exercise regimes is that they tend to rely on individuals using their willpower to force themselves into doing something they normally wouldn’t do it, be it completely changing their diet or going to the gym multiple times a week. This approach can work for some, but many more are doomed to failure from the start, as the internal conflict generated by such systems, have no safe guards against the inevitable errors that crop up when people go against their pre-imagined plans.
A good system for healthy living is one which doesn’t rely on an individual to completely change their life through willpower alone. Instead a good weight loss and exercise plan should take into account the problems that may crop up along the way, with measures already put in place to minimize the impact they have on a persons life.
Analyze Your Problematic Lifestyle Areas and Habits
Therefore the first step to take in shaping a successful health system, is to clearly identify any potential danger zones in regards your regime. If you are prone to picking up a coffee and danish from a certain shop on the way to work each morning, try to avoid that shop all together (take a different route if possible). If you know you tend to sit on the couch at night eating sweets, don’t keep any sweets in the house, but do keep healthy snack alternatives (like fruit), so that you don’t have to deny yourself food completely (though after a while your snacking will probably drop off considerably).
Identify your eating portions
Another step that goes hand in hand with identifying your problematic lifestyle areas is seeing whether you are overeating in general. During the three main daily meals, many people over-indulge. To see whether this is true in your case, try only eating half of your evening meal one night. If after two hours you still aren’t hungry (when you haven’t eaten anything else), chances are you’ve been over-indulging. Reducing your portion sizes during your three-a-day can really make a huge difference in regards to calorie intake and other weight gain factors.
In both cases, don’t try to actively deprive yourself. Recognize what your issues are, then slowly work to remove them from your life all together. Long term weight management is not a race, nor is it a competition. Don’t let yourself get bogged down with wanting to see immediate results, your goal should be to improve your health slowly, but permanently. Something which is only achievable by implementing a truly healthy lifestyle, not through the use of crash and burn denial based diet plans.
Start from small changes to develop daily work-out routine
Though I haven’t mentioned it so far, we all know that regular exercise is an important part of any weight loss and maintenance routine. However, this doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. As with the other life changes you will make, the key is to find physical actives that don’t require you to fight yourself in order to become motivated to go do them. So for example if you normally drive to work, but you could use a bike or even walk instead, try doing that (even just once or twice a week will start to make a difference).
Lastly don’t forget to tell your friends and families about your change in lifestyle. Having a group of people who know what you are trying to achieve, who will encourage you and help you, is just another way of making sure your system doesn’t rely on your (fallible) willpower alone.