Interest, passion and obsession are words describing different degrees of enthusiasm shown towards various activities or efforts. You might be interested to dance while your friend might be obsessed with dancing. This inclination towards dance makes you take up dance classes as a weekend hobby while your friend performs stage concerts and starts teaching dance to other fellow students in due course. Exercising and physical fitness too follow the same thumb rule. Someone passionate about fitness shines through all barriers and achieves his/her goal. Weight loss is not the only ultimate goal, but individuals might also be interested in toning, belly reduction, muscle building and likewise. If you are the type of person who exercises just because others do so, this will land you nowhere. Excuses for missed activity sessions keep piling up and positive results start dipping down. But, if you are the ‘go-getter’ type nothing can stop you from reaching your goals. You go for a walk using your umbrella, despite the pouring rain, get up early despite lack of proper sleeping hours, take care and prepare a nutritious meal between your busy work schedules and stay focused on your targets.
Tasting Success After the Long Struggle
For a 25-kilo overweight individual who starts his/her weight loss program and succeeds in reducing the weight in due course, sky is the limit for happiness and ecstasy. Post the weight loss efforts, the person is sure to stick to a healthy lifestyle, do physical activity daily and eat a well-balanced meal sticking to portion sizes. With great efforts come greater success. After such a taxing weight loss regimen one can never imagine putting on weight and going back to your pre-weight loss body! There are many things at stake when someone focuses on maintaining his/her weight loss. For example, going for a night out party seems a ridiculous idea with hundreds of calories of food surrounding you and the alcohol dancing all around, going for long-term vacations seems next to impossible owing to different food cultures existing in your place of visit and celebrations/festivals bring about thoughts of putting on weight with all the tasty treats, exercise-less days and oily foods.
Given a choice between staying safe in the comfort of your house sticking to your regular diet and daily exercise routine, and going for a 5-month trip around the world, what would be your choice after losing 25 kilograms of weight? Fallen in love with your well-toned body, committed to your diet and passionate about your gym classes, you would be surely tempted to skip the trip. Benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise can never be denied but everything works well only in moderation. Anxiousness and fear over increasing numbers on the weighing scale and growing hip sizes prevents many of you from experiencing many of the best opportunities that life has to offer. Achieving greatness by balancing both experiences and numbers is the real challenge here.
Given an opportunity to travel, never miss it as it paves way for a pandora of experiences. The different cultures, people and their food are great ways to enrich your culinary knowledge and take home a tip or two that could benefit your nutrient needs. It might even give you many other different ways to stay healthy or make your physical activity schedules much more pleasurable and result-oriented. Staying healthy is a great priority in life but not at the cost of missing out on all of life’s experiences. These experiences fill you with bountiful happiness and joy that no measures on the scale can offer. Learn to balance your life between health and experiences, juggle your activities well and achieve a standard against which you keep evaluating yourself repeatedly. Ultimate aim is a healthy body weight. Only then comes your bikini body, muscular physique or toned abs. In this process of toning, never pave way for obsession to overtake nutrient needs and health. Tips for staying healthy and eating nutritious foods while on a vacation or during festivals are shared at www.firsteatright.com.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.