"Healthy weight is not measured by how you see yourself from the outside, it's about being in control and mindful of how you feel from the inside."
You may look slim but feel constantly anxious and depressed, being able to hear yourself enough to know when something is affecting your mental and physical health is what I call a healthy weight lifestyle.
Maintaining a good weight long-term involves the application of weight loss knowledge and skills, weight vigilance, long-term lifestyle changes, and regular exercise.
Some tips that can help you achieve a healthy weight...
1. Forget slim and go healthy
Being slim isn't the same as having good health.
While there are always risks to being a heavier person, being thinner is far from different, both people may have immune and health issues.
What matters is to live a healthy life that can be successfully achieved by taking good care of yourself.
2. Set realistic goals
Have self-compassion, and don't focus on being someone else, focus on being the best version you can be.
Frustration leads to a lack of motivation.
Forgive yourself when you fail and be grateful for who you are.
Set goals you are willing to sacrifice for in the long term because every goal requires sacrifice and dedication, set your mind on things that are worth every day fighting for.
3. Eat only when you are hungry and don't overeat
Hunger can sometimes be triggered by your emotions, it can be anger, frustration, depression, anxiety, etc., it takes time to be able to develop a strategy that helps you understand your feelings and how to control them.
It's not an easy job but it's important to understand ourselves enough to see if what we are feeling is really hunger or anxiety about food.
To be able to identify just take a deep breath, close your eyes and identify the feeling, drink some water, and if after 15 minutes you still feel the hunger opt for a healthy snack that will help you curve the hunger.
4. Exercise and stay in constant movement
Physical activity is everything you do when you are not sitting or laying down.
Exercise reduces stress, anxiety, and depression and prevents heart disease and overweight, improves mental function and sleep quality, and enhances work performance = and brain health.
Take at least a 15-minute walk after every meal, take the longest path to your desk, anything that can help you walk around more.
5. Limit mindless snacking
We all love watching TV when we are eating, sitting at the table with our phones, and talking in events while eating.
Food brings people and situations together, but the truth is the more we aren't paying attention to what we are eating the more probably it is we are eating more than what we can handle.
The mind is a powerful thing that when it's not concentrating on what we are eating it doesn't trigger our fullness hormone and we tend to eat more.
Try not to binge eat (e.g. sitting next to the whole bag of potato chips) while seeing the TV, instead pour yourself a small plate of potato chips instead of the whole bag.
6. Consume little to no alcohol
In Minbo we believe it's all about balance. Who doesn't enjoy a glass of wine or a cool beer on a summer afternoon?
What we mean by limiting yourself is to be able to identify when alcohol is affecting your daily life activities, or overdoing it on a Friday night.
You won't sabotage a whole year of work with one night out with some drinks but doing constantly can affect your health.
Abusing of substances that your body cannot process can lead to brain malfunction, irritate the gastrointestinal tract, immune, endocrine, and reproductive functions, and some neurological problems.
"Life is all about balance and taking care of your body, but also knowing when to stop and look out for yourself."