April, 2013

6 Ways to Win the Weight Battle

Think the number-one roadblock to being fit is the number of calories you take in? Think again. The key to healthy, successful weight loss isn’t just about getting the right information—it’s about knowing how to use that information. It’s why those extra pounds won’t budge, despite your understanding the importance of calories in versus calories out, knowing the difference between good and bad carbs, and being diligent about mixing cardio with strength training. If you’ve been feeling discouraged, rest assured that you’re not alone. We spoke with medical, nutrition and fitness experts and asked them one simple question: “What are we missing?” Read on to discover the six most important ways to use the mind-body connection to help your weight-loss efforts rather than hinder them.

Accept that diets don’t help you in the long run.

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Every year you try to eat less and less, but gain more and more. Sure, some of this has to do with the biology of aging, but it also has to do with the damage all those fad diets have done to your metabolism. There’s no miracle pill or plan that can lead to easy weight loss. People just cycle between these fads, these radical wacky diets, and they will lose weight, but then they get sick of it. This leads to gaining back the weight, which puts you back at square one. It’s really important to know why some people eat like birds and look like elephants as they get older, They develop this horrific situation in which they eat 1,000 calories and gain weight…the metabolic starvation that these people are doing [leads to] the destruction of their health. Instead of approaching food with a deprivation mindset, consider feasible, small changes that you can make over the long term. We recommend increasing exercise and increasing “chew food”—highly nutritious and fibrous but low-calorie foods, such as an apple instead of apple juice.

Focus on fitness, not thinness.

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In our body-obsessed culture with ultra-thin celebrities setting the trend, it’s hard to remember that your health and well-being are about more than being a particular pants size. Do it for your health, do it to stimulate your mind and find passion. It’s not about getting a Hollywood body. Try focusing more on how you feel rather than what the scale says. People think they’re sexier when they’re thin. They haven’t incorporated a really liberating model of nutrition, fitness and discipline into their lives. By focusing on being fit and feeling healthy—keeping your age in mind—you’ll be better equipped to hit your ideal weight. There are happy people in all different shapes and sizes, so if you’re picking your model person, it has to be somebody realistic. Your body changes and I think it’s hard for people to accept that they won’t always have their 25-year-old body. So you have to look for a new role model. You want to look ahead of you, not behind you.”

Make friends with food.

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Losing weight should not mean eating bland, flavourless food. And it definitely should not entail being hungry all the time. Think about food as nourishment, and make it as delicious as possible. In fact, if you do it right, you can eat just as much, if not more than before. I’m a big believer in eating great food, but it’s about caloric density. If you’re going to take in fewer calories, those calories should be much larger portions.

Start small and build slowly.

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight is going to extremes. Be mindful of where you are, and respect your limits. With this in mind, start small and build slowly. People don’t know how to get started. But it’d be better if you just went to the gym and did simple exercise three days a week. But instead, people will go out and injure themselves and they’ll get put off. So starting very low-impact, going slowly and building up very carefully is the number-one key with exercise. When you’re starting, anything is better than nothing. Go for a regular work out, then increase it gradually and then go at a faster pace.

Concentrate on commitment more than intensity.

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You don’t have to log endless hours at the gym to become healthier, but a commitment to an exercise regimen is essential. We schedule everything in our lives, but we don’t book exercise. If we can just get ourselves to start by pencilling in that 30 minutes 3 times a week, that’s enough to get  started. In fact, despite what we may think, celebrities aren’t spending every waking second in the gym to get those beautiful bodies. What they are doing, however, is committing to a weekly routine, and giving it their all when they’re there.

Stop obsessing about your weight.

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The fastest way to misery is to obsess over dieting and weight loss. It’s not only bad for your self-esteem, but it will sabotage your weight-loss efforts, too. You store fat when you’re stressed. There is a huge correlation between [stress] and the body (Not to mention the natural fluctuations caused by hormones and age.) With this in mind, focus on long-term goals rather than micro-managing your life. “Health is not a 30-day thing, a 60- or a 90-day thing.

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Secrets to living a healthy lifestyle

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In the time past, a person’s well being received little or no attention, then Boom! The situation reversed and ever since life took on a new meaning. Despite its widespread use, the expression ‘well being’ has different meaning to different people. For some, well being means almost anything beyond information about death and death rates, for others the phrase emphasize the psychological and social aspects of life, and for yet another, it’s an all covering concept that refers to all aspects of a person’s life. Whichever it is, it spells ‘LIFESTYLE’.

A happy lifestyle means happiness, confidence, healthy physical condition and being at peace with yourself, the society and life as a whole. It is about feeling excellent and taking good care of oneself – a responsibility we often disregard when coping with the rigorous demands of our everyday living, until we fall ill or drop dead.

A happy lifestyle is beyond eating a balanced diet, taking regular exercise and avoiding illness. It also reflects the mental, emotional and social aspects of an individual’s life. The key aspects of a happy lifestyle can be broken down into the following elements.

Our Body: Many aspects of our health are beyond our control and are related to factors such as family history, genetic makeup and the natural consequences of growing old. This said, there are steps we can follow to improve our health, allowing us to improve our chances of living longer by avoiding some harmful activities or habits such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle and excessive drinking, which can significantly reduce the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, some types of cancer, respiratory problems, etc.

Our Mind: Maintaining a positive outlook, by interacting with others and getting involved in continuous activities can reduce stress in our lives.

Our Diet: ‘You are what you eat.’ Having a balanced and varied diet is vital to a person’s well being and lifestyle and can have a major impact on how we look and feel about ourselves.

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Our Daily Routine: Habitual physical exercise should form part of our daily routine and it’s particularly important for young, middle and old people. Exercise helps us build stamina, strength and to manage our body weight and having some fun to boost!

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Our Environment: It is vitally important to be aware of the impact that our environment has on us and others around us, particularly our children.

By sticking to these basic principles and adopting a healthy attitude to life, we can improve our quality of living. Our economic prosperity does not necessarily make us feel any better individually or as a country. A healthy lifestyle is not all about avoiding illness and staying fit, it also depends on us making sound choices, remaining in control of our life and our lifestyle and above all, enjoying ourselves!

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For over two decades, it has been our concern at Ivory Health Club in helping people stay fit, healthy and happy. 23 years of commitment and dedication in presenting an excellent lifestyle to our community and the journey continues as we welcome you. Experience and live a happy and healthy lifestyle in the world of Ivory Health Club while you socialise with high net worth individuals of our society.

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