Beating the holiday bulge!

New year’s resolutions are ironically as old as time itself. Each new year brings with it hopes for yet another beginning, another chance to do better and live more holistically. We’re one week into 2018 and most people are still on track with the changes they want to make in their lives. If your resolution this year is to become healthier, you are hardly one in a million; if you actually stick to the plan throughout the year, you just might be. So why is it so hard to stick to a diet and exercise routine, even when you’re really determined to get in shape?

During the festive season, indulgence is the order of the day. Large amounts of deliciously greasy, salty and sugary foods often rule the dining table, and you probably thought, it’s okay, this is just for the holidays. When January comes, however, and your favorite jeans won’t button-up, and you’re feeling tired and lethargic, this may signal that some changes need to be made. So you might scour the internet looking for ways to lose the weight and keep it off.

The web is full of diets, exercises, hacks, tips and tricks for losing weight. If some of the ones you’ve looked at seem impossible, that’s because they probably are. No wheat products, no dairy, no fried foods, animal products, no carbs after 3 pm…the list goes on and on. Now, most people might be able to do this for a few days, but after that old eating habits return. This way of eating is simply not sustainable.

If you really want to achieve and maintain weight loss and an overall healthier eating style, it is crucial to modify your relationship with food. After the festive season, you may also want to consider a method of detox to give you a fresh start. At Holistic Living, our qualified physicians offer Lifestyle Coaching for correction of poor eating habits and Digestive System Detox.

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Healthy weight, healthy life

If you thought weight loss is all about aesthetics, you might want to think again after this. Research shows that one of the major causes of hypertension and type II diabetes is excess weight. This rarely crosses most of our minds as we gorge ourselves on the fatty, salty and sugary foods that we simply cannot get enough of. Putting on a few kilos here and there seems harmless, until it’s not. Nancy knows this all too well.

Over a period of time, Nancy put on quite a bit of extra weight which she struggled to get rid of. All the weight loss plans she tried, simply did not work. After receiving some difficult news from her doctors, she knew something had to be done. Here’s her story.

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Mercedes’ weight loss journey

As we approach the end of the year, I doubt many of us are thinking about the New Year’s resolutions we made seemingly not too long ago. Losing weight has got to be in the top 5 resolutions people make when the year is new and full of possibilities. Some even go as far as selecting a weight loss program and promising to stick to it. Regardless of what your resolution was, at this point you may be reflecting upon how much you’ve gained these past 10 months, or if weight was your main concern, how much you’ve lost. 

My weight loss journey has been much longer than a year. In fact, it’s been a part of most of my life. If only to encourage one person who’s been in my shoes, I feel obligated to share a few things I’ve learnt along the way.

Take it one day at a time. I often felt overwhelmed by the pressure to lose weight by any means necessary. I needed to burn fat fast. It was until I decided to focus on each day that I was living that my attitude started to change. As much as weight loss may be central to your health and well-being, being anxious and depressed about it will only make the journey harder. As you work hard to reach your weight goals, be patient with yourself as well. Enjoy life!

Get a partner. My niece once came to me because she wanted to lose weight for her prom and thought I could give her some weight loss tips. I told her what to do, but wasn’t doing it myself. I knew that most of her weight issues were because of the eating habits I passed on to her as a child. I didn’t want her to wait until she was 36 to deal with it. So, we started boot camp together!

Be kind to yourself, you’re doing the best you can. Every day you will battle how you look in the mirror. You start to let the scale define you. Every meal becomes a challenge. Will you gain weight when you’re trying to lose it? Yes. Will you have moments where you eat food that isn’t the best for you? Yes. Will there be times when you feel like you’re doing everything right but still aren’t achieving your goals? Yes. You must love yourself, trust your support network and trust your weight loss program.

Never give up. This has been said countless times, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Keeping up with your motivation for weight loss can get tough and there will be bumps along the way. You will hit plateaus and this can be discouraging. Despite all the challenges I’ve had with weight loss, my mother always said that the best thing I did was that I never gave up. She constantly reminded me how far I had already come, and this kept me going.

You deserve a better, healthier life. I’ve had my ups and downs with anxiety and depression due to the extra weight. I’d lose some weight and then gain it back. What changed this pattern was figuring out that I deserved better. I deserved a life, a family, love, everything I had always hoped and dreamed of growing up.



Losing the weight for the life I want

I try to act like being overweight is cool and that I’m not worried about the risks and diseases that come with it. Every now and then, when I get motivation to lose weight, I wake up, go jogging, maybe hit the gym and when I’ve had enough, post pictures with the gym equipment just for likes on Instagram from people I’ve never even met! I know, this is not the best program for losing weight. I must admit though, it’s a pretty good ego boost- but only to a certain point.

Is being fluffy/curvy/thick/plus size, all the terms people use to avoid saying ‘overweight’, what I really want? I hate it when people troll me in public. Their giggles get to me. My weight loss journey has been a real struggle. In my high school years, I was often the biggest among my age mates. It bothered me on the inside, but on the outside I was, and still am, usually the center of attraction because of my sanguine personality.

The idea of getting the gastric sleeve has been burning in my brain, but I fear it may be far beyond my reach. I currently weigh 107 kilograms. I have everything to lose so I need to get on an effective weight loss program as soon as possible.

My loved ones are terrified at the thought of me going under the knife, but if this is the one shot I have to save myself from chronic illnesses like heart disease, we must look at the bigger picture. What if it works? My struggles with weight loss will be over and I will be the happiest lady in the entire world.

Now that I know a way how to lose the weight and keep it off, I must do it. This is a personal decision to bring back the black Mercedes (my very appropriate nickname). I want freedom from this monster called obesity. I want to be able to wear a swim suit and not hide under a towel. I want to be able to take full body photos, not to hide behind selfies- and all the things that people with regular healthy weight can do.

My journey to effective and lasting weight loss begins here.