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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 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.

    22 COMMENTS

    1. Good article…I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time now, and it’s really hard. While I don’t reccomend reading Seventeen (I only picked it up for the makeup and hair tips at the library while waiting for my ride) there was actually a really good article in this month’s issue by Jordin Sparks about weight loss: 1. was about how not to expect all your life’s problems to go away, 2. was about how it is difficult it actually is, and 3. was about to be aware of people’s comments to you after and how they’re going to make you feel like you weren’t beautiful before.

    2. Thanks for the tips 🙂
      Another tip is NOT to skip meals.
      It actually makes you GAIN weight instead of LOSING it because your body goes in shock and turns into “survival mode” to keep you alive. The body will then slow down your metabolism (which is what you have to burn calories), making it harder to burn! It will also start eating muscle instead of the fat on your belly, so NEVER skip meals, you actually gain weight.

      Another tip I found out is stop weighing yourself. Of course you’re not going to weigh the same as yesterday, because of water retention. If you want to get rid of water retention, drink more (to flush out all the blocked fluids) and eat less salt! 😀

    3. Great tips 🙂 I learned that cutting out soda really helps. I’ve lost some weight because of it and my face has also started clearing up. While exercising, listen to some upbeat music; it will motivate you more. Don’t ever starve yourself; it’ll slow down your metabolism and will actually make you gain weight rather than lose it. If you’re hungry, eat. Exercise with some friends if you can. They can encourage you and it’s more fun.

    4. Here’s a couple of things!! Snacking too much will not help! Instead eat full meals and not tiny ones so that you won’t get cravings during the day! And if you reeaaallllyyyy want a snack…..eat an apple, something healthy, or pop a stick of gum if necessary! And finally, eating late at night is not good for you. Try not to eat later than 8 o clock at night! (Also if you are sitting watching tv, make use of that time and do some exercises….sleeping burns more calories than sitting and watching t.v. by the way.)

      • Actually, you should eat six smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to three big meals because it helps keep your blood sugar level and you aren’t likely to eat too much when it comes to your next meal. I lost 35 pounds this way.

    5. I agree. when i workout i remind myself i’m not doing it to be stick thin i am doing it so i am healthy. We should take care of the body God gave us. I never cared when i was younger, but during senior year it all changed. I chose better foods played soccer and in the end i felt a lot better! I enjoy my walks outside when it’s nice. I walk a mile and I get to spend alone time with God 🙂

    6. I love these tips! They are all terrific! I actually had been trying to figure out some ways to be healthier. I’m sure God had something to do about this being put up at this time. 😉

      One tip I would add, is to write down EVERYTHING you eat. Put down weather you ate it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. Also put down what day you ate it. It really helps to be able to see what choices you are making – and what you need to improve. It also is a great thing to do with a friend, that way you each hold each other accountable to your food choices.

    7. Hey guys! Great article Nicole! About the fruit juice, fruit is plentiful in vitamins but also has a lot of natural sugar. The sugar causes you blood sugar to go way up and then you crash. This is a very easy way to gain weight. Me and my brother always drank orange juice in the morning/ but when we switched to skim milk or water, we already saw a different in our weight! Fruit juice should only be a once and a while beverage.

    8. This is about being healthy, so I’m guessing it’s a given not to starve yourself. Here’s a tip that I’ve found useful: You always need to eat breakfast, even if it’s something small, because then you’re body will realize you’re not starving to death and will begin burning fat.

    9. I find that drinking green tea curbs cravings.. It works for me anyway! And green tea is good for you too! So next time you have a craving for something, i suggest a cup of gren tea! And if you don’t drink it, remember, when you have a craving, it does go away, don’t give in to the temptation!

    10. great article! I agree that it is important to lose weight healthily. good habits and exercise do work. and don’t skip meat or else you’ll be losing muscle instead of fat, which is not good. just keep a BALANCED diet

    11. Another tip to add on fruit juice. If it’s pasteurized, it’s about as bad as drinking sugar. All of the nutrients have been eliminated and replaced by chemicals to preserve the drink. So in reality, the “100% juices” you see in stores are actually processed foods. If you’re going to drink any juice, only drink freshly squeezed but in small amounts.

    12. I am on the journey to a lifestyle change. I walk three and a half miles a day with my mom. I’ve found out that if you move your arms while you walk, you get a better workout out of it.

    13. This article is perfect for me!
      It’s good to realize that it’s all about changing my lifestyle. Also, all the tips are helpful too, like not weighing yourself, so the focus is not about the numbers.
      Thanks 🙂

    14. A little late, but I’m still going to comment one more thing; I found this to be ESPECIALLY handy as the weather becomes hotter: going to the fridge and getting pounds of ice cream is super tempting, but freezing fruit can be an amazing alternative! My personal favorites are strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and GRAPES, but I’ve seen more fruit like bananas to be frozen! Such a great alternative! A friend showed me it, and now I eat pounds of “superfruit” frozen 😀

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