A change in lifestyle is the only way

Diets are only good to lose weight in the short-term. In the long-term, the only way to lose weight and keep it off, is a lifestyle change. Here, I am going to give you details of exactly what changes I am making to my lifestyle. While my initial target is to keep to these changes for 30 days, my longer term goals are much more ambitious.

Changing a Lifestyle, is like re-learning how to live

How it was…

The lifestyle before this challenge had the following key elements:

  • Almost no exercise. I sit at a computer 7 days a week, for 8-10 hours a day.
  • There is no “balance” to my diet. I'll just eat whatever is in the cupboard/fridge. I don't have a sweet tooth, so I don't eat sugary stuff too often, but I hardly ever eat any fruit.
  • I'll drink alcohol most nights. Often it is a glass or two of wine, or maybe a couple of beers. However, more than once a week, it would be a lot more than that!!
  • I don't drink anywhere near enough water.
How it is going to be for the 30 day challenge…

My lifestyle has to change, and yes it will will dramatic. This is what I have planned:

  • Increased physical activity. I am going to do some exercise every day. This will be a minimum of a 40 minutes “quick” walk, but as I progress through the 30 days, I am going to be incorporating visits to the gym for weights, and aerobic exercise on the treadmill, elliptical trainer and bicycle.
  • I am going to be eating at least 5 pieces of fresh fruit a day. The easiest way for me to do this is to blend them into a drink, so that is probably what I'll do.
  • No alcohol for the 30 day challenge.
  • Drink 3-4 litres of water a day, possibly more on days where I do more exercise.
  • I'll eat healthy food, low in fat. I am not going to limit any particular food or caloric intake (as you might with a traditional diet), but I am going to make sure the meals are balanced, with good carbs, lots of fresh/raw vegetables, grilled lean meats etc. I see the way I eat as being very important. Instead of stuffing my face, and eating until bloated, I'll follow these simple rules:
    1. Eat only when hungry.
    2. Chew the food well, and eat slowly.
    3. Stop eating before I am full.

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.