Lets face it, everyone wants to lose weight. Many of us are looking for the fast track to weight loss and keeping it off. Quick fixes are only temporary and lead to crash diet. Honestly, we’ve all done it. The journey can feel frustrating and hopeless. Always returning to the scale or the mirror, and seeing the same results.
Oftentimes it maybe the unrealistic goals or expectations we’ve setup, quick to eliminate the “bad” foods, exert ourselves with exercises, buying countless workout videos, or reaching a plateau, or maybe using suppress appetite supplements .
Honestly, the truth is proper weightloss, requires maintenance, intentionally choosing healthy foods, its a Lifestyle transformation. Which doesn’t happen overnight.
No matter, there is hope! Breathe, one step at a time, lets make small changes.
1. Ditch the scale
I never regret doing this, in fact I don’t even own one. Personally, it can discourage and diminish the progress you’ve made. Considering the fact that muscle weighs more than fat anyway, scales cannot distinguish the difference. Its a personal preference, as long as it positively inspire you to keep going. Focus more on how you feel in your body, your energy level, and how the clothes fit. All sensible ways to listen to what your body needs.
2. Drink Water!
This was one of the biggest changes I made in my journey. Trust me I enjoyed my share of soda, juice, (you name it) packed with lots of sugar. All of the excess sugar builds fat, makes the teeth yellow, and sometimes cause acne. You’ll be surprise when you swap out those sugary drinks for water to jumpstart your weight loss. Plus, water helps to clear the skin and for women helps to remove toxins from body during urination. (Hey, just being honest & sharing some information from my doctor). I’d say this is way more beneficial then grabbing a sugary drink. Takes less effort and makes more sense.
2. Go the distance.
Another great tip to an effective weight loss, try avoiding the elevator, instead use the stairs. Make a little extra time to park the car farther away from your destination. Both are great ways to not only burn calories, but to tone and strengthen muscles in the legs and buttocks. If you experience weak joints or difficulty physically. This isn’t a marathon, just take it slow and pace yourself.
3. Never skip meals
With the busyness of life, sometimes we tend to skip out on meals. Ideally, we think “if I don’t take in food, then I can lose lots more weight”. This is never the right thinking. When I’m so focus on a job, I completely forget to eat a meal. My fiancé hates when I do it. This is not a good suggestion, it may lead to physical consequences. A loss of important nutrients and vitamins to maintain a healthy balance of the body. (Remember to get information about your overall health from a medical, licensed professional before making any drastic changes. Always do research.)
Not only have breakfast, lunch, & dinner, include a small Snack in between.
4. Don’t shop Hungry
Don’t ever, I repeat don’t ever buy groceries when you are hungry. Immediately, the cart would mostly be filled with all the junk I could get my hands on. And for many of us, we know exactly which aisle has the sweets. Your body immediately calls for, “Mmmm Doritos, on sale, yes grab it! I wonder if they have chocolate cake for sale.” On and on, the flesh is willing to devour all the sugar and carbs out there to fuel the body. Trust me this leads to a crash in energy. Before you go to the grocery store, grab a healthy snack on the go.
5. Celebrate the victories
Maybe you are just starting a new journey or returning, remember it takes one step at a time. You will find yourself hitting bumps in the road. Regrets, frustrations, or binging can occur, but you have the willpower to reach your goal. Some times we fall back to old habits. It happens to the best of us. It is learning to build tolerance and determination. We are creating new habits towards a healthier lifestyle. Don’t be so hard on yourself when you make mistakes. Try better tomorrow!
Acknowledge the small victories, you are one step closer than you were yesterday, Alright, you can DO IT!!!