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    How to Lose Weight in a Healthy Way

    We all know that TRUE beauty comes from within; however, it’s very important to take care of our bodies. God gave each of us a body so that we can fulfill our purpose, and in order to do this, we have to be health conscious.

    Part of this includes maintaining a healthy weight. This is important not for the sake of appearance, but to be healthy enough to effectively answer our calling.

    Please know that I’m in NO way picking on girls who are struggling with their weight. In fact, at my heaviest weight, I weighed more than 350 pounds. Even now I struggle with keeping my weight under control. However, I understand how important it is to be healthy, so I’d like to take a moment to share some healthy weight loss tips:

    • Change your thinking! Losing weight doesn’t mean “dieting,” but instead means changing your lifestyle. If you view the process as a diet, then it’ll seem like a detestable task. However, if you view it as a lifestyle change, then you’ll begin to focus on the benefits of being healthy. Viewing it as healthy living rather than losing weight allows you to focus on changing your life, not changing your appearance.
    • Keep in mind that your body is God’s temple. When you remind yourself that The Holy Spirit, GOD HIMSELF, lives inside of you, it’ll be easier to stay health conscious. Since your body belongs to God, doesn’t it make sense to honor it?
    • Drink more water. Many people will say to make sure that you drink a certain amount of water daily; however, what I’ll say is to increase your water consumption. If you feel like you have to drink a certain amount, then it’ll feel like a burden. However, if you view it as making positive changes, you’ll be focused on lifestyle changes instead. Here’s a strategy: “Forget” your drink on purpose. I rarely bring a drink with me to work so that it forces me to drink water when I’m thirsty.
    • Drink 100% fruit juice. When you do drink other beverages, make sure it’s 100% fruit juice. This eliminates all of the sugars other beverages include. Flavored water is another decent option, but it doesn’t replace plain water.
    • Begin your morning with fruit and nuts. Eating breakfast helps curb cravings and holds you over until lunch time. I find that fruit combined with nuts (or peanut butter) keeps me full ALL morning. Sometimes I’m not even hungry at lunch.
    • Keep healthy snacks with you. When you have healthy snacks, it’s easier to say “no” to the other unhealthy options around you. Raw veggies, fruit, and nuts are GREAT snacks.
    • Avoid processed foods. Try your best to eat natural foods. Frozen, processed, and fast foods are unhealthy and will quickly pack on the weight.
    • Combine your food. I find that even when I have an urge to eat something unhealthy, if I pair it with something healthy, like raw veggies, I don’t eat as much.
    • Exercise regularly. Even if it’s a quick walk during recess, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking the car far from the entrance to a store, get in as much exercise as you can. I recommend scheduling some specific exercise time so that you can do SOMETHING, even if it’s just a couple of laps around the driveway. Try to make it fun!

    Do you have any tips to add?

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    Aysha Ives
    Aysha Ives loves God with her whole heart and has a desire to help hurting people. With a Masters Degree in Psychology, she combines her education and experience with her love for God to help people live whole and fulfilled lives. Aysha is an Author, Mental Health Provider, Youth Church Teacher, and the mother of one gifted little boy whom she absolutely adores. Aysha is honored to be able to share her love of God with Project Inspired readers. Aysha is also the author of God Cares About Your Stuff: How To Believe For Tomorrow When Things Look Utterly, Completely, And Totally Impossible Today, released February 2013- Available at Amazon.

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