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A girl’s guide to maintaining a healthy body weight

A girl’s guide to maintaining a healthy body weight

A girl’s guide to maintaining a healthy weight.

Let’s be honest with each other, at least for the sake of feeling and looking good.  Maintaining  a healthy body weight can be challenging especially when you start getting ‘less younger.’ According to a recent study, approximately one in six Americans who were overweight can maintain their weight loss after losing weight. That is not a high number. Why? The problem lies in discovering your body type and metabolic rate. Some people can go on a diet for an extended period and still not lose any weight because they don’t understand their body type and what it needs to maintain a healthy body weight. Keep in mind that this post is not intended or guaranteed to help anyone lose weight; I’m not a nutritionist. However, I have for a very long time kept a healthy body weight without depriving myself of any food or snack that I enjoy. My goal is to share with you different ways to maintain a healthy body weight as you age gracefully.

Drink up!

Yes, drink up! Drink lots of water; not juice, soda, or alcohol. I actually recommend you stay away from alcohol or drink in moderation. Drinking a gallon of water a day can help nourish your skin, keep you less hungry, energetic and satisfied. Drinking a gallon of water is only healthy if you drink it across the day. Do not drink it within an hour or within an unreasonable length of time. Remember that sixty percent of your body weight is made up of water and your cells need it to survive. Start by replacing all liquid drinks with water or drink your favorite juice/soda/alcohol in moderation. If you find that drinking a gallon a day is too much for you as a beginner, I recommend starting with at least sixty-four ounces a day and work your way up to a gallon (128 ounces). It may sound like a lot at first, but you will get used to it in no time.

Be mindful of what you consume.

I know it can be difficult sometimes to do meal prep and eat healthy all the time. Some days I struggle with watching what I eat  because I love sweets, and I can never give them up. I have tried it before, and it did not work. Nonetheless, I am still able to maintain a healthy weight because I eat those sweets in moderation by consuming a minimal amount and occasionally I pick a healthier alternative. For example, if you love chocolate, you can replace it with dark chocolate which is a better choice because it is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin k, calcium, and is good for the heart. To learn more about the benefits of dark chocolate  click benefits of dark chocolate. Being mindful of what you ingest includes understanding that you need to incorporate lots of leafy green vegetables into your diet. Ensure that every meal contains green vegetables, fewer carbs, and more protein. Use less butter and oil in your cooking. I don’t use coconut oil in my cooking because it contains saturated fat which is solid at room temperature, and it’s simply not the best oil choice for cooking if you like to maintain a healthy cholesterol level. For cooking, I use extra virgin olive oil in almost every dish I make. Another way to ensure that you always have a healthy snack is buying them when you go grocery shopping. If you buy a ton of junk food when you do your grocery shopping, you are most likely going to pack that for lunch, but if you replace those salty chips and sugary snacks with fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to worry about any unhealthy temptation. So make sure you add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your grocery list next time you go grocery shopping. Remember portion control plays a vital role in maintaining healthy body weight and please NO late night snacking.

Don’t eat because you are stressed or bored.

I know some of us engage in stress eating because that’s how we’ve learned how to cope. It is unhealthy and should be avoided. Eating just because you are stressed is not ideal, especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Finding other ways to occupy yourself when you are stressed or bored that doesn’t involve consuming calories should be part of your healthy body weight rules. Discovering new hobbies can serve as a novel activity to keep your mind occupied. Another thing that I utilize daily is chewing gum!. This is my favorite way of suppressing hunger and preventing myself from eating all day. Chewing gum keeps your mouth moving and can stop you from eating unnecessary calories throughout the day.

EXERCISE regularly.

Exercising regularly is essential when it comes to your overall health and wellness, not just for maintaining a healthy body weight. I’m a workout junkie. I love it to the core! It keeps me busy, motivated, and happy. It is very relaxing and is one of the coping skills that I utilize daily. I spend at least 90 minutes at the gym every day working out, but I don’t lift weights. Instead, I run a lot because it’s one of my favorite things to do. I have a philosophy that you can eat as much as you want as long as you can burn it off. Some days I do overeat, but my secret is going to the gym and working off most of the calories I consumed during my pig out. I understand that many people might not be able to work out for 90 minutes, because they have kids to take care of, or have other demands on their schedule. However, I do believe that starting with 30 minutes a day can make a difference. Remember that exercising can be any physical activity you enjoy.

Please be advised that the list above are the different strategies that I use to maintain healthy body weight. Feel free to share any strategy that you use to maintain a healthy body weight in the comment section below. Always remember that taking care of yourself is part of self-love and don’t ever believe you are too busy to treat your body right.

To learn more about your ideal body weight click BMI

I adore you guys, and I hope your today and tomorrow is brighter than your yesterday.

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