So everybody has their own views on weight loss and how to achieve it. The further I got into my journey the more holistic my view became.
In the end, the technical side of weightloss is fairly simple:
Mandatory: Eat less kcal than you burn.
Extra’s to increase your succes:
- Eat adequate protein (1.8-2 gr protein per kg of ideal bodyweight)
- Do some kind of resistance training
- Increase your overall activity level
The thing is that although the above sounds super simple, (and yes it is this simple, no need to bother yourself with stuff like intermittent fasting, low carb, keto etc. if you don’t want to. If you want to then go for it, there’s nothing against it either) the daily practice can be super hard. We are SO primed to be wanting weightloss, it becomes obsessive. You open a magazine or your social media and you see ‘lose 10 lbs in 3 weeks by ditching sugar’, or ‘follow this training program and trim your waist’. In then end, yes it was also what I wanted and weightloss CAN be a good long term goal. The thing is that, in my opinion, by focussing on the weight loss (how many can I lose in such and such time, when can I wear that size 8 dress, I want to be in a bikini by summer) you only create short term diet mentality and not a long term balanced lifestyle. Of course there are people out there who do a crazy diet and keep it off for a long time. But the majority of us does not work that way.
We as a society, need to let go of our obsession with our weight and appearance, and should focus more on just general wellbeing, not feeling too stressed, feeling fit, feeling energetic, sleeping well and feeling rested. In the end, working on a balanced lifestyle, weight loss will also be a result. But I think it should not be the MAIN result. By focussing on how we feel when working on our lifestyle, it becomes much more of a lifelong process instead of a short term diet. And we need that longterm view, because living a balanced lifestyle is something we need to commit to forever. Yes I said forever. 🙂