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When we try to lose weight, the process can be so agonisingly slow that you’d wonder if it’s even happening at all. With the right effort, it is, and slowness is completely normal (and better for your long-term health). Here’s a perfect analogy to keep your mindset positive and motivation high: Think of that fat like a new roll of paper towels.
The beginning of the week can often feel like the bottom of an alleyway dumpster from the weekend benders, poker night, or simply staying in with Netflix and an entire pizza. But dwelling on what you’ve (or shouldn’t have) done only makes things worse. Here’s how you can get over your remorse and move on.
In a world where people market butter in their coffee as a weight loss and mental-boosting elixir, we hear similar noise from folks clamouring that a food’s nutritional quality and “wholeness” matter far more than its calories, whereas others treat the body like a computer and focus solely on the numbers. So, who’s right? Actually, both are.
If you say you want to lose weight, you’ll probably measure progress by stepping on a scale. But what you’re trying to lose is fat, and the number on the scale may not reflect that. There are many ways to measure your body fat percentage, but they all come with different levels of (in)accuracy.
For lunch on Tuesday last week, I had a vegetable stir-fry mixed with curry ground beef and a side of rice (all topped with Sriracha, of course). I could recall this meal from a week ago because I track my food every day. Not only does it keep me on top of my goals, but now I have records to look through when things go from “under control” to “oh s**t”.
Many health seekers tend to think of food in absolute, black and white terms: This food is good, that one is bad. While striving for perfection can be a virtue, this all-or-nothing mentality creates a harmful relationship with food and can actually be counterproductive.