Author: Renu Puri
This blog tells you how to fight the urge of feeling lazy and unmotivated when following a diet. Nothing frustrates a person more than battling with the unprecedented feeling of change. Change can be an embodiment of a lot of things - professional guidance, fear of letting go of delicious food, previous experiences of failed diets, and feeling like there’s a huge gap between your current and ideal weight.
We want to teach you to take the right measures to overcome this by elucidating the importance of taking baby steps, seeking professional guidance, preparing healthy recipes, following a sustainable diet, and setting mindful goals.
Let me tell you a story about one of our first clients, Anjali. Anjali, like most of us, is someone who has been trying to lose weight for over 10 years but could never succeed. When she came to us, she was clueless, heartbroken, and felt defeated.
I will never forget the look in her eye, “the look” seemed similar to the gaze we used to give our teachers back in school when we forgot our assignment at home. Our first instinct was to ask her “We want to hear what’s bothering you Anjali?”
With tears in her eyes, she told us about all the obstacles she was facing with her diet and the health implications she had to incur at her current weight.
There are thousands of people like Anjali, who feel uninspired, embarrassed, and derailed from the path of a fit and healthy lifestyle. These people require ‘proper’ guidance on how to stay motivated towards their end goal.
Cut to now, Anjali achieved her goal weight, is currently expecting her second child, and is living her life the way she always wanted! Niwi.ai, on the other hand, continues to help Anjali’s around the world look and feel their best.
“Diet” has become a synonym for nightmares and punishments. With the misconceptions and myths floating around the word “diet”, one is made to believe that a diet can only work if it is stringent, overwhelming, or cruel. This, however, is far from the truth.
We as humans are wired to believe what we see. With the emergence of the toxic social media culture, we are bound to feel that skipping meals or starving is the way to achieve the “perfect body”, especially with calorie counter apps that program you to feel that the lesser the calories you consume, the better output you’ll see.
Life is too short to not believe in your capabilities and let social media define your perceptions. We believe everyone deserves to live life to the fullest and explore different avenues of health and nutrition. Everyone deserves to know the nutrition behind what they are putting in their body.
Diet is not a binary thing. It’s a journey. Just like we may go off track while driving, but our GPS re-routes us and brings us to our intended destination, your willpower may take a hit sometimes but with a sprinkle of good habits, you will be able to conquer all the roadblocks.
A healthy diet usually contains nutrient-dense foods from food groups. A healthy diet also aims to replace food containing trans fat, excess sodium, and sugar with healthier alternatives.
Healthy eating has a lot of benefits like building muscle and bone density, preventing deadly diseases, safeguarding the organs, and overall keeping your mood in check! Let’s briefly discuss how that pans out :
Do you want to improve your health but don’t know where or who to turn to? Do you feel embarrassed to ask for help? Do you feel incompetent despite many efforts to embrace change? If you thought yes to any of the above questions, this blog will for sure help you.
Let’s be real, no one really likes change. The idea of getting out of your comfort zone to try something that you have limited knowledge about can be intimidating. However hard you may try to resist, change is inevitable. It is important and one must learn to embrace it. It not only allows you to move forward in life and experience exciting new things but also sends more growth opportunities your way.
Not having the correct guidance and self-dieting oftentimes results in a recipe (no pun intended) for disaster. Let’s decode the psychology behind this through a simple example. Say you want to learn how to drive and are practicing to ditch your learning license to finally get a permanent one.
You have two options - The first is for you to take the car out on your own, this may pose a safety threat to you as well as other people, and you may not be aware of what route to take or how to navigate through traffic. The second is getting someone experienced to guide you by telling you the dos and don’ts about driving, guiding you when to stop, when to take turns and how to manoeuvre the vehicle in traffic.
Which of the two sounds like a better idea? Obviously the second!
It’s the same with dieting. People oftentimes don’t see results due to not having proper guidance.
There is a huge misconception that diets and meal plans can never be tasty and that one has to end up compromising taste and flavor in order to lose weight. People associate diets with bland, flavorless, boiled food that would not be appetizing to look at or eat, unaware of the fact that you can use alternatives to mimic the flavors and taste of your favorite dishes. There are many healthy food cookbooks and scrumptious healthy meal recipes that you can find on the internet and follow.
A huge chunk of people worldwide go on diets every now and then, follow them vigorously for a brief period of time, and then ultimately quit due to inadequate results.
You have got to understand that it is human to go back and forth and drift away from your path for a while but it is equally important to hop right back on.
Meals and diets have to be in accordance with your body type. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach but a customized nutrition plan for your body that will replenish the missing elements and add the right amounts of vitamins and minerals for proper functioning.
A lot of folks end up setting unrealistic goals for themselves. Someone who weighs 45 kgs cannot magically gain 20 kgs in one month and someone who weighs 120 kgs cannot lose 30 kgs in a month. It is practically impossible!
If you feel your target goal is very far away, instead of setting unreal expectations, one has to stay on track and look at the bigger picture. Giving yourself time and credit is very important.
According to various studies :
Take small steps. Don’t hurry or rush into your goals. Your body needs time to recoup. We always say years of over and under-indulgence cannot be compensated or fixed in a few days, rather it takes a lot of perseverance, patience, and positivity.
You may feel like it is a huge change, but embracing that change by taking baby steps and monitoring your progress in a sustainable way is very important. Whether your end goal is weight gain, weight loss, weight management, muscle building, or being free from any disease, your goals require a lot of hard work and patience.
Seeking help is not something to be ashamed of. Seeking help is ok and frankly recommended. It is always a good idea to diet under the supervision of an expert, someone who knows what they’re doing. Someone who has already helped thousands of others who’ve had similar hurdles like you.
Going on fad diets or self-dieting can be as detrimental as eating unhealthy as it can make you irritable, lose control and ultimately binge eat whatever you have been resisting. Going to see a registered dietitian can help evaluate what your body really needs and work your way up from there.
Let's face it, As Indians, food is integrated into all the celebratory, joyous, and happy phases of our lives, and these moments can invite a lot of comfort eating but that does not mean that eating choices are binary. You do not have to eat salad to survive. Nutrition and taste can easily be blended and enjoyed. You can enjoy a balanced diet while still indulging in your favorite foods. Eating ice cream once in a while is not an issue, eating it every day is. You just need to find the right balance.
Many times, we shy away from self-improvement due to a feeble voice in our head that reminds us of failure. “ I was not successful earlier, how would I be successful now?”. Mind you, this has no bearing on who you are as a person. It just means that you have to approach the problem and pain points differently this time around. In our experience, accountability, professional guidance, comfort, and lifestyle is a huge advantage people feel when they want to try out a healthy lifestyle.
Oftentimes when there is a target that is overwhelming, we are hit by a syndrome of analysis-paralysis. Don’t worry, this is no medical condition you have to spare a second for, but an interesting fact on human psychology. Analysis-paralysis means analyzing so much that you ultimately freeze and do not take any action (paralysis). This happens because over-analysis leads to a feeling of overwhelm. Therefore, the way around this is to set smaller yet achievable goals. Example: Losing 3 kg in 3 months, improving blood work readings in 3 months, rather than a collective goal of losing 30 kgs in 1 year.
We understand that this journey may seem difficult, but any journey without the right guidance and partner is a little wavering. The science behind the nutrition of the human body is not complex, it is just a little tricky. This is the reason professional help can give you the exact results you would want.
Ready for a health revolution? Join us on our mission to transform the nutrition landscape in India! Our diet programs enable people to get to the core of the problem and be the best version of themselves.
At niwi.ai, we have helped thousands of clients transform their lives and feel stronger, more energetic, and definitely more confident in how they look and feel, by improving their relationship with food!