It is very important for Lupus sufferers to not be over
weight, as this can make the lupus symptoms much worse. When you first start
losing weight, there is usually a little flurry of weight loss that is very
encouraging. Then you tend to hit a plateau, and this can cause you to feel
discouraged and lose interest in your project. You see other people being
successful in their drive and determination, and you wonder how you can get
that for yourself. What are the habits of successful people?
Before you do anything else, decide on some realistic weight
loss goals, taking into consideration that some of the Lupus medication will be
helping you to put weight on. Are you looking to shed lots of pounds, or do you
just want to reclaim clothing that has not been worn for many years? Are you
really mostly concerned about improving your overall health? Giving yourself
concrete goals gives you something to strive for.
Keep regular records of your weight. Keep a journal to log
your weekly weight loss, and compare how you do each week. Use the same place
to maintain a food journal. Writing down what you eat every time you consume
food and drinks will help hold you accountable to how much you eat and when you
eat it. You will think twice about your food choices when you have to keep a
record. This will also help you discover any food allergies you may have.
Hunger can affect the way you think, and turn you into a
monster! Always keep healthy snacks with you to avoid feeling overly hungry. If
you don’t do this, you set yourself up for giving in to the temptation to
indulge in fast food. Determine your menus ahead of time, and take brown bag
lunches each day. That way, you will save money too and will help your blood
sugars stay even without big dips.
Eating healthy meals and snacks is one part of your weight
loss program, especially if you are suffering with Lupus – frequent exercise is
the other. Some people find that it is challenging to follow a fitness routine
despite having no problem with changing their eating habits. Make sure that
when you exercise that you do not put lots of stress on your joints as this can
make your Lupus symptoms worse.
Working out with a friend orchoosing an enjoyable
activity are ways that you can make your fitness plan easier to follow on a
long-term basis. Mix socializing with exercise! Find a friend to take for a
walk or to join you in your exercise class.
You should keep junk food out of the house so you’re not
tempted to eat it. It is impossible to eat junk food if you don’t keep it in
your home. You should have your home filled with healthy food instead. There
are plenty of healthy alternatives in the food market. Do not purchase foods,
like chips or cookies that will encourage you to overindulge. If it’s
inconvenient to get your hands on a certain kind of food, then you are more
likely to eat something else that is healthier for you.
Ask your friends to give you support. While you are the one
in charge of your weight loss, having a support system will help you to stay
motivated. When you are feeling unmotivated, call up someone who can help to
bring your spirits up. They can give you the support that you need as you go
through your weight loss program.
When you have achieved your goal you will feel so much
better and it will also help you keep your lupus diet under control.