How to Eat Healthy Intentionally For Long-Term Weight Loss Success
Have you ever given the intentions behind your healthy eating a second thought?
If not, then it’s time to start.
Here are 3 questions you should ask yourself before you continue reading;
What motivates me to eat healthy?
Do I actually enjoy eating healthy, or does it feel more like a chore?
If I were to never lose a single pound, would I still eat healthy?
Answering those questions (honestly) will show you whether your intentions behind eating healthy is coming from a healthy place or one that is vain.
Weight Loss Shouldn't Be the Only Goal
If you ask most people, they will tell you that they eat what will lead to weight loss.
Weight loss in itself isn’t a bad thing at all, but it shouldn’t be the only benefit that motivates you to eat healthy.
If weight loss is your only motive, it is time to re-evaluate your fitness journey.
You should desire to eat healthy for the simple fact that food is medicine.
Weight loss is a benefit that can only be seen from the outside, but let’s not forget about your internal health.
The food you choose to eat will either give your body nutrients or make your body prone to unwanted illness and disease.
Eat healthy because it gives you energy.
Fill your plate with nutritious food because it reduces cancer risk.
Be motivated to feed your body healthy food because it will promote positive moods.
Once you shift your focus from eating healthy only to lose weight to eating healthy because it’s best for your body, the weight loss that occurs will be easier to achieve and long-lasting.
Eat What You Love. Love What You Eat.
Do you enjoy the healthy food on your plate?
(You can answer this question honestly. It’s okay)
For the first three years of my weight loss journey, I didn’t like majority of the healthy food I ate.
I found most of it boring and tasteless, but I stuck with it because it’s what delivered results on the scale.
I was able to keep up with eating this way for a while until inevitably gaining back the weight I lost.
I pretty much hated what I ate, so how did I not see this coming?
I have the feeling that many people go through this same thing in their own journey.
The good news is that you can actually enjoy healthy food!
The key is to;
- explore your taste buds with different foods
- ignore the “fitness guru critics”
Just because you’re on a fitness or weight loss journey, doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same foods (unless it’s what you prefer).
There are several options when it comes to healthy food, so feel free to explore a bit to find what works best for you, your taste buds, and your body.
As you’re on your quest to finding what you love, try your best to keep the opinion of fitness gurus out of your decision making.
If you enjoy eating corn, mashed potatoes, fruit. oatmeal, etc (did I mention these are all carbs?), eat them!
None of those foods will make you unhealthy or fat when eaten in healthy portions and in moderation.
I’m thankful to have found what I actually enjoy eating and no longer see healthy eating as a chore.
Are You All In...Or Nah?
Let me ask you a serious question;
If you were to never lose a single pound as a result of what you eat on a daily basis, would you still eat healthy?
That question may sting a bit, but it’s a question you must ask yourself in order to get face-to-face with your intentions behind eating healthy.
If you answered Y E S, kudos to you! You’re on the right track.
If you answered N O, or you don’t really know your answer just yet, keep reading!
As I mentioned above, weight loss should not be your only motivation to lose weight.
Sure, that mindset will give you momentum, especially as you see the number on the scale drop, but the weight loss won’t be sustainable.
More times than not, you will continue eating healthy until you reach your goal.
But, what will happen after that?
I’m glad you asked!
Eventually, you’ll become more relaxed by reaching for unhealthy foods.
I mean, you did reach your goal, so a few extra cookies here and another bag of chips there won’t hurt, right?
This is the wrong mentality to have, and will only lead to yo-yo dieting.
Trust me. No one has time for that.
Make the choice today that you will decide to eat healthy as a way of life and not as a way to only lose weight.
Your body will thank you later.
Eating healthy does not have to feel boring or like a chore.
You can always find what nutritious food you love to eat and still lose weight.
If you have a negative relationship with eating healthy food, it’s not too late to re-evaluate and discover a new way.
Go back to the drawing board, realize that healthy eating should be done for reasons other than weight loss, and keep moving forward!