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Anxiety Free Weight Loss Guide

Weight loss is an important part of living a healthier life, and it doesn’t have to be something that causes anxiety. This Anxiety Free Weight Loss Guide will provide you with the necessary skills to lose weight in a way that is beneficial and stress-free.

We will cover all aspects of losing weight without anxiety. It will discuss strategies to reduce stress related eating habits and help you find motivation for achieving your health goals. Additionally, this guide will give you ideas on how to create healthy lifestyle changes that are sustainable and enjoyable.

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Nutrition & Weight Loss

Guide to Eating Healthy and Nutrition Tips

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do when wanting to lose weight. Although there’s no “one plate fits all” to ensure you eat the perfect diet, there are guides you can follow to help you better understand what is and isn’t suitable for your body.

So, what does a balanced diet look like?

We like to promote the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating right. The 80/20 rule is a guide for your everyday diet – eat nutritious foods 80 percent of the time and have a serving of your favorite treat with the other 20 percent.  

Should you worry about calories?

First we should talk about what calories are

Calories are simply a measure of the energy that we take in through our food and beverages, but they do not take into account the nutrient density of these foods. 

What you should focus on rather than calories

Consuming nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, can aid in weight loss and overall health and should be prioritized over calorie counting. If you focus on high value foods over lower value foods it will be easier to stick to your diet regiment and get to your ideal bodyweight. You can read more about this topic at this Hardvard article.

  • High-quality nutrition comprises unprocessed, minimally altered foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, wholesome fats, and nutritious protein sources.
  • Lower-quality nutrition encompasses heavily processed snacks, sugary beverages, refined white grains, processed sugar, fried fare, foods rich in saturated and trans fats, and high-glycemic options like potatoes.

Foods to Avoid

Although the 20 in the 80/20 rule allows for all food, there is a general rule to follow for nutrition when wanting to lose weight. Avoid these foods: carbonated drinks, french fries and potato chips, white bread and processed foods.

Burgers
burgers
Sugary Soda
soda
Baked Goods
cupcakes
Chips
Candies
Ice Cream
Pizza
Sugary Pastries
Refined Meat

Foods To Add To Your Diet

 Opt for nutrient-dense options such as lean proteins like chicken and fish, whole grains like quinoa and oats, a variety of vegetables, and healthy fats like nuts. These choices provide the necessary nutrients and promote satiety and sustainable weight management.

Various Fruits
bowl of fruit
Healthy Oils
Vegetables
Protein Powders
protein powders
Nuts
Yogurt
Seeds
beans and lentils
Lean Meats
Leafy Greens

Exercise & Weight Loss

Fitness Guide to Maximize Your Weight Loss

The next step in ensuring healthy weight loss is creating and executing a fitness plan. The rule to follow when wanting to lose weight is to perform at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.

But, where do I start?

It can be a challenge in and of itself to create a plan of action for fitness, let alone execute, and continue to execute it. Here are some simple tips when exercising for weight loss:

How much should you exercise?

Like we said before, getting in 75-150 minutes of moderate/vigorous aerobic activity daily is ideal for weight loss – if it’s possible. However if you can get in 20 minutes a few times a week that is a great place to start!

Here’s an easy guide to start with:
  1. Aim for 20 to 50 minutes of activity a day
  2. Include some strength training 2 days a week
  3. Move more and sit less (set alarms to remind you!)
  4. Try high-intensity intervals (slow-to-fast walking counts)
  5. Start at your own pace and find activities you enjoy! 💃

What exercises are best for weight loss?

While diet plays a significant role in managing weight, incorporating the right exercises into your routine can greatly enhance your efforts. In this exploration of the best exercises for weight loss, we’ll delve into a range of physical activities, from cardiovascular workouts that torch calories to strength training exercises that build lean muscle, helping you make informed choices to achieve your weight loss goals.

Here are the 8 best exercises for weight loss:

Exercise

Calories Burned per Hour (Approximate)

Walking (3 mph)

204-314 calories

Jogging/Running

314-621 calories

Cycling (12-14 mph)

476-745 calories

Weight Training

314-493 calories

Interval Training

413-652 calories

Swimming (laps)

413-652 calories

Yoga (Hatha)

183-275 calories

Pilates

236-372 calories

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Mindfulness & Stress Reduction

A Guide to Practicing Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is a practice that involves paying attention to the food we eat, how we eat it, and why we are eating. It’s about being present in the moment and fully experiencing our meals without distraction. When we practice mindful eating, we become more aware of our hunger and fullness cues, which helps us make better choices about what and how much to eat.

One key aspect of mindful eating is slowing down and savoring our food. This means taking time to appreciate the flavors, textures, and smells of each bite instead of mindlessly shoveling food into our mouths. We can also pay attention to how different foods make us feel – do they energize or weigh us down? By tuning into our body’s signals, we can start to make more intentional choices about what nourishes us best.

Another important element of mindful eating is listening to our emotions around food.

How Stress Impacts Weight

When we’re stressed, our bodies release stress hormones, primarily cortisol, which can have a profound influence on our metabolism. Elevated cortisol levels can lead to increased appetite, particularly for sugary and high-fat foods, as well as a preference for comfort foods that are often calorie-dense. Moreover, chronic stress can disrupt sleep patterns, which can further exacerbate metabolic issues and hinder weight management. One study conducted by the American Psychological Association highlights the intricate relationship between stress and diet, underscoring the importance of stress management in maintaining a healthy diet and metabolic balance.

How to practice mindful eating

Mindful eating is a skill and habit that anyone can master. To practice mindful eating, individuals can focus on the following:

Step 1: Taking Time For Your Meals

Taking the time to eat slowly and savor each bite can help individuals become more aware of their physical hunger and fullness cues.

Step 2: Paying Attention To Your Food

Being present with the food and paying attention to its sensory experience can help individuals fully appreciate the flavors and textures of food.

Step 3: Avoid Distractions

Avoiding distractions such as TV or phones while eating can help individuals stay focused on the present moment and their experience of eating.

Step 4: Listening To Your Body

Paying attention to physical sensations such as hunger, fullness, and cravings can help individuals make healthier and more satisfying food choices.

Step 5: Appreciating Your Food

Think about and appreciate where the food comes from, such as a farm, a garden, a grocery store, a restaurant, or cooked by a family member. By taking the time to appreciate your food and engaging mindfully, you can enjoy your meals and develop a more positive relationship with food.

Science Behind Scales

Why Reinvent The Scale?

Traditional scales can lead to unhealthy obessions with numbers rather than overall health & well-being. Research has shown that weighing yourself daily, also known as self monitoring, is one of the strongest behaviors that correlates with weight loss over time. Unfortunately, traditional scales can often provide confusing and frustrating feedback from daily fluctuations that doesn’t reflect the positive behaviors people have made. This leads to a loss of motivation and reverting back to old habits after a short period of time. Traditional scales also can drive more anxiety around a persons weight rather than focusing on your health.
 
Shapa’s feedback provides a true reflection of your trend creating sustainable motivation. Our system learns your bodies fluctuations and nudges you toward positive behaviors that will create sustainable weight loss. 
 
Traditional Scale

How Traditional Scales Are Demotivating

Losing weight is one of the most challenging endeavors that anyone can undertake. It involves a lot of hard work, discipline, and dedication. Unfortunately, traditional scales may not be the best motivators for those who are trying to lose weight.
 
Traditional scales only measure one aspect of your body – your weight. This can be demotivating because it doesn’t reflect other changes happening in your body, such as fat loss or muscle gain. Additionally, traditional scales don’t account for fluctuations in water weight or hormonal changes that can affect a person’s weight on any given day.

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Goal Setting & Weight Loss

Utilizing Personalized Missions

Getting tired of trying the same approach to behavior change? Traditional approaches to weight loss tell you that you need to give up everything you enjoy and be disciplined to do the things you despise such as strict diets and intensive hardcore workouts that simply aren’t sustainable.
Shapa’s Artificial Intelligence learns your preferences and nudges you toward better behaviors.
Every Shapa journey starts with an extensive questionnaire about your current lifestyle, preferences, and environment. Then Shapa’s AI goes to work providing you customized small actions that match what you want and can sustainably work into your life to develop better habits. Over time, these small changes compound into big results!

Activity Tracking

Tracking activity levels has taken our society by storm the past decade. A sustained increase in activity level is associated with better health and weight management, but can sometimes lead to an unhealthy obsession with numbers.
We believe that focusing on sustainable success and not the variable fluctuations that affect your day to day numbers is the key to leading a healthly life. That’s we provide you with an activity tracker focused on your weekly average. Shapa continuously pulls in data from the previous 7 days from your Apple Health or Google Fit account and provides you a color based on the average. This gives you a simple feedback system on your activity level without the obsession over micro details. 

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