Are you trying to improve your health? Lose weight? Treat Type 2 diabetes? First, you need to determine your goals. Then you need to plan your approach. Finally, comes the execution. But it will be all for naught if you are not focused on every stage. Mainly on what matters most.
Determine your goals. Let us say your goals are simple and have already been listed. Losing weight, reducing blood sugar, and improving health are all common goals for many adults, especially in this day and age.
Decide to focus on one or two but don’t stop there. Be specific. If you want to lose weight, determine how much or to what point would satisfy you. For reducing blood sugar, establish a value lower than your current figure, but one not beyond your reach to start.
If your sole goal is to improve your general health, choose a few different ways to track your progress. Blood sugar and weight loss are two examples as it is, but perhaps there is something else on your mind as well.
Focus on the essentials. Now you have clear and defined goals; you need to focus on the best approach and execution. It goes without saying if the objectives we have mentioned so far interest you, then…
- healthy nutrition,
- exercise, and avoidance of
- foods that impair your progress, like alcohol,
are some of the essentials. They are essentials for a reason. Do not underestimate their importance. Focus on them.
What does that mean, exactly? It says…
- to eat fruits and vegetables.
- skip the pastries,
- cook most of your meals, and
- limit your snacking.
Exercise a few times a week, every week. It should become a habit you don’t think twice about. You need to get to a point where you feel compelled to go to the gym or out for a walk because you are invested in your health. It means to consider resistance training as well, because of its unique benefits. Strength training improves your body’s ability to use insulin and process sugar. You don’t have to run; walks are sufficient on their own provided you do them regularly.
Each day, it is wise to eat well and consider exercising. While you don’t have to exercise for long periods every day, it is an excellent idea to walk for ten minutes after each meal. In regards to eating, it is not realistic to eat healthily all the time – but 80% of the time works well. You probably need to eat more fruit and vegetables. If that is not your issue…
- perhaps what you have lacked are more proteins in your diet, or
- you have been eating a lot of bread and white bread at that, or
- maybe you have a sweet tooth,
and this is what has made it difficult for you to drop weight.
Focus on the areas of improvement unique to you. Shift your focus to what matters – the specific goals and the correct essentials. Then you will be successful.