How best to lose weight to look and feel good

Many ladies are concerned about their weight and the way they look. With the media’s portrayal of the female body, it can sometimes be pressurizing to meet those stereotypical standards. While I don’t condone losing weight for superficial reasons, I am all for losing weight for health benefits. Knowing you have lost the unhealthy fats on your body not only makes you feel good physically, but also better psychologically. This will in turn make you more motivated to keep a healthy weight and lifestyle!

Why you should lose the fats
Many health complications occur when a person is over the ideal weight for their body size. However, it is not uncommon for a person to exhibit health problems even before they are overweight. When this is the case, it is important that the person becomes more health conscious before things escalate. Apart from looking good when losing weight, it is important that you are losing the unhealthy fats by being selective with what you eat, rather than counting calories or not eating.

Harmful dieting methods
Dieting methods that involve counting calories or eating lesser than what you require do not help you lose fats; it actually makes you lose muscle mass instead. I also find diet pills can be potentially harmful to your liver and kidneys in the long run because what most diet pills do is it stops your stomach from digesting certain food or fats so it doesn’t get absorbed into your body. But while it prevents your body from digesting the fats, it can also prevent you from digesting important nutrients your body needs, not to mention it can be very taxing for your liver to process the pills.

Lose weight without denying yourself your favourite food
My husband and I have an average healthy weight to start with before we were food conscious. What we did was just have fruits and vegetable smoothies every morning and made an effort to eat large portions of raw vegetables before meals whenever we can. We also avoided fast food and snacks such as chips and instant noodles. To be honest, we weren’t extremely strict with our diet as we do indulge in the occasional chocolates and ice creams. But just having the fruit and vegetable smoothie and raw salads daily, we both could see a significant change in our bodies. Both of us lost exactly 5 kg each and for me, my skin looked clearer with very little breakouts. We don’t look skinny in case you’re wondering, but it definitely did make me feel better as I was able to fit into a pair of shorts I wore when I was in my late teens.

Feeling good makes you look good
I feel that being in charge of what you put in your body and then seeing the positive results can be very empowering. By treating yourself good through the foods you eat can alter your moods very much without knowing. Certain fruits can boost your moods in general and especially when you avoid junk food, you will be able to feel your body getting better somehow. In fact, I hardly get any nasty pre-menstrual symptoms anymore – no cramps, no mood swings and hardly any bloating. Although results may vary for different people, I am sure when you will benefit from eating healthy one way or another.

Sudden weight loss is not ideal
Many ladies who are concerned about their weight tend to be anxious about seeing results, and I don’t blame them because results are the only way of knowing if your method works. But it is never a good sign for sudden weight loss even if you are looking to lose weight. For one, you might find yourself suddenly looking haggard or even having to deal with sagging skin when you lose weight drastically. With my method of choosing what I eat, it only took two weeks for me to realize I lost weight even though the main purpose of changing my diet was not to lose weight. Thus, it is very evident that what you eat will determine how you look. So for ladies who would like to lose some weight to look and feel better, why not just start by eating right?

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