Most of us (if not all of us) want to be healthy - we really do - but sometimes it can feel so hard to do. Our time is limited, and work and family suck most of that up. If we can find the time to work on healthy habits, we tend to overcomplicate it, thinking we need to do more - restrict more, count more, push our bodies more. Our busy, demanding, and overachieving selves compartmentalize what healthy is - like it’s some thing we do in addition to the countless other things on our to-do list. But health and wellness shouldn’t be just another thing that demands more from us; it should be seamlessly woven into our daily lives in a way that serves us well and supports the other components of our lives. Sounds nice, right? But we know, it’s easier said than done. That’s because it’s really a slow process that incorporates small changes, but it’s also less complicated than we think. Using the five basic building blocks of healthy living, here are tips on how to slowly start building a solid foundation of healthy practices that results in more health, wellness, and overall happiness.
We tend to overcomplicate most things in our lives - from making plans with friends to the products we purchase, to even deciding what to have for dinner. The same goes for what we think we have to do to be healthy. It feels like the only way to be healthy is go hard with exercise or count out macronutrients, but that isn't it at all. In fact, that kind of thinking usually results in an "all or nothing" approach, with the majority of us doing nothing (or trying to do it all but not sticking with it because it's hard and unsustainable). We are overcomplicating how to be healthy which means we actually miss out on the simple, everyday, and basic foundation needed for health.
Most of us have heard about, talked about, or complained about our metabolism at some point in our lives but not many of us really know what it is and how it works. Magazine articles promising to “boost your metabolism” give us a false sense of what metabolism is as well as our ability to control it (we all know someone who has chugged green tea, started running sprints, or bought a certain supplement in the hopes of increasing their metabolism). Spoiler alert: metabolism isn’t some thing that we can manipulate, like a bicep or our hair color. It is a lot more complex, and interesting, than that. It’s a natural process for making energy, and your body is a pretty sophisticated system with a lot in place to regulate your metabolism and ensure your body has everything it needs to function.
When people talk about losing weight what they are really talking about is losing fat. Your body composition is made up of a lot of things - water, bone mass, muscle, etc. My guess is you don't want to lose muscle or bone mass. Here are 9 simple steps to maintaining a healthy body weight (and more info on each one of the steps). While they are simple - and if you look at them they are really simple - they aren’t easy. They will take repeated, slow practice until they are habits. But once you can do them consistently you will lose fat (if that is what you desire), feel better, look better, and be healthier.