Across the world, each year, hundreds of millions of people make a commitment to themselves to lose weight, get in shape, or improve their fitness. It’s a resolution that you’ve likely made at least once, too – after the turn of the New Year perhaps, or in the weeks before a beach vacation. But those who attempt to lose weight without considering how their new regime might affect their health could actually be doing their body some harm. So, this article aims to clear up how you should approach your health and fitness kick to get in shape.
Trying to lose weight so that you have a more toned body for the beach vacation you’re going on in one month makes a lot of sense. But you’re also giving yourself a very short deadline – too short, probably, to have much of an effect. And if you do train hard and diet or fast to lose weight fast, you may be putting your health in jeopardy. Your body is used to a certain way of life, and it’s up to you to be respectful of that, making gradual changes with long-term goals instead of radical short-term changes that might do you no good whatsoever.
What you eat is an important aspect of your overall health and wellbeing. It’s clear that certain diets make you gain weight faster, and other diets are more balanced, wholesome, and healthy. So, your aim, when setting up a new diet to follow, should always be to drop unhealthy eating habits – like eating processed, fatty foods, or snacking – and replace them with healthy ones, like eating more fruit and vegetables, and considering the vitamins and minerals you’re getting through food. A balanced diet is the healthiest – so it’s the one you should strike for when looking to get in shape.
As you progress through your new fitness and health regime, it’s useful to be able to track your progress. This has the added benefit of alerting you and your healthcare professional in cases when you’re losing weight too fast – to an unhealthy extent. But in general, healthy weight management is all about setting and tracking realistic and healthy goals, which you can do through smart apps and alongside the advice and support of weight loss professionals provided on the app.
Sometimes, your health kick will stall. That’s completely fine – it happens to everyone, especially if you’ve had a dramatic event in your life that’s forced you to put your normal routine on hold. What’s important here is that you have support to pick up where you left off if your exercise buddies, your partner, and your family. Losing weight and getting in shape is as much a mental battle as it is a physical one – and you can win them both by getting the support of your loved ones on your side from the get-go when setting out to get in shape.
Make strides towards better health and fitness with these healthy, measured tips.