I have been taking a Nutritional Bootcamp class at the wellness center where I teach. I have really been learning a lot and much of what I already know is getting confirmed and better defined.
I have been using My Fitness Pal app to track my food intake for some time. I have tied it to my Fitbit that I wear daily. This allows me to see the impact my activity has toward my eligible calories I can consume in the day.
If you are wanting to lose weight then no more starvation diets. Eat regularly. Eat wisely. Eat a balanced diet. Eat low-cal healthy snacks between meals to balance blood sugar. This will keep you from sabotaging yourself. Supper is the worst time to blow it since your body is going into a short hibernation overnight.
Think about changing your mindset. Do not look at healthy eating, portion control and weight loss as deprivation. In order to be successful, it needs to be a lifestyle change where you eat moderately. You have to make healthier choices and exercise regularly. Drink at least 8 cups of water per day. Begin to look at ways to be consistent. Habitual.
This should not be seen as a punishment or a list of all the things you can't do. It isn't about beating yourself up if you indulge. It is about having a positive attitude. Embracing a healthier mindset. Determining to make great choices and being in control of you with Gods indwelling power instead of your stomach telling you what to do. Or should I say demanding. OUR STOMACHS ARE NOT OUR GOD!!!
As for exercise. get active daily. Try to make it fun and regular. Try joining a gym or running group. Buy you a treadmill, stair climber, elliptical, or any cardio machine for your home. You can hire a personal trainer. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and desire. Accountability is very helpful to aid your success. If you do not like the gym and do not want to invest in equipment, try going for long walks with a friend, spouse, child or dog. You will improve your health as well as strengthen your relationships, eliminate loneliness and elevate your moods.
Looking at this from a spiritual perspective, think about what you believe. Not what you think you are suppose to believe, but what you really believe about yourself, your image as well as your belief of God. I am not looking for what you should believe but what is it you really believe. What would you say if I told you that I believe that our outward actions reflect what we really believe. So if we want our actions to change we need to figure out where we are believing lies from the enemy. We need to change our beliefs so that they line up with what God says, and then the actions will follow.
You see I think we know in our head what we ought to believe. But it is another thing entirely to believe it.
We know that Abraham believed God. How do we know that, because he did what God commanded. Our actions demonstrate our true beliefs. Jesus believed God, how do we know that. He demonstrated it by his action. (even to the cross -- although he asked for the cup to be taken from him)
It is not for our condemnation if our beliefs are askew. It is for our enlightenment when we realize it. We can come to the Father and say I believe. Help me with my unbelief. Totally reliant on Him to help us believe correctly.
So if we will come to Him and ask Him to help us line up our believing, we may see that our physical health as well as our overall well being just begins to get line up.
It is possible that our eating has become our stronghold. (click on stronghold to read further)