Between Facebook pages, blogs, email newsletters, YouTube and other sources, it is easy to become overwhelmed trying to sift through so much information in order to find advice that will help you along your journey. All of the resources listed above can be helpful and I do recommend that you seek information from several sources, but don’t feel like you have to try everything that everyone suggests all at once. Choose pieces of advice that you feel will be helpful and sustainable for you. Try them and if they help, continue with them. If they are not helpful, try something else. The key is to find what works for you and be consistent.
Below I compiled a list of tips that helped me lose weight. I am still using these tips to maintain my weight loss. The work continues even after you lose the weight. For me, I don’t call my way of living a diet; this is a lifestyle so that I can live my best life! Your best days are ahead of you if you make the right choices and believe in yourself!
Top 15 Tips
1) Keep a food journal – Either use traditional pen and paper or use an app such as MyFitnessPal. Tracking your food helps you make sure you are consuming the right amount of calories. Journaling also keeps you accountable and helps you remember you had hat slice of cake earlier in the week J
2) Drink your water – Start with 8 glasses, then work your way up to half your body weight in ounces. Sometimes we think we’re hungry when in fact our bodies are telling us we’re thirsty
3) Eat one indulgent meal per week – Notice I said meal and not day. I personally don’t recommend a whole day. You may consume too many calories and that will derail your efforts. It may also be more difficult to get back on track the day after. You don’t want a cheat day to turn into a cheat weekend, then a cheat weak, and cheat month….you get the point. Also eating some of these more indulgent foods may wreak havoc on your digestive system if your body is not used to consuming them on a regular basis
4) Get moving – Find something that you like and that challenges you. Start incorporating physical activity 3-5 times per week for a least a half hour. Then increase your physical activity from there. But, remember you cannot outwork a bad diet. Just don’t even try it. You will be wasting your time and energy in the gym and you will not see progress. To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than your body expends. 3,500 calories to be exact. So you need to consume 3,500 fewer calories per week to lose one pound. Just let that sink in! lol
5) Try new foods – Our bodies are smart and adapt to repetitiveness. Change things up to avoid hitting a weight loss plateau. So, don’t worry, you don’t need to eat chicken breast, brown rice, and broccoli just every day to see results
6) Take progress pictures – I wish I did this more while I was losing weight. The scale may not move much, but you may notice your clothes fit looser and your body composition changing. I’m starting to take more pictures of myself now. Also, the number on the scale can be deceptive if you’re retaining water from eating salty foods or if you’re on your monthly cycle. And depending on the time of day you weight yourself, your results may not be consistent
7) Goal clothes – My goal jeans motivated me to keep going! It may be vain, but who cares; it kept me on track. I was determined to fit comfortably into those jeans! I paid $100 for them and was not going to let my hard earned money go to waste.
8) Research trends – Don’t be so quick to jump on the bandwagon or take everything you read at face value. Research first to see if it is something that will be beneficial to your journey. Do you really need to go gluten free? Should you only consume foods that are fat-free, low-fat, or low-carb?
9) Review ingredient lists – In addition to looking at the nutritional facts, you also need to know what is in your food. Avoid long ingredient lists that have ingredients you cannot pronounce. Food is fuel. The calorie count may be low, but will that food fuel your body?
10) Meal prep – Having your meals prepared beforehand leaves you with no room for excuses to make unhealthy choices because you don’t have the energy to cook. All it takes is a few hours one day a week and you’re set for the rest of the week. Trust me, it’s worth it
11) Have healthy snacks on hand – Keep healthy snacks at home to satisfy you in between meals. If you plan on running a long day of errands, pack a healthy snack to avoid getting so hungry that you make a poor food choice
12) Weigh yourself – Weigh yourself regularly, but no more than once per week. Yes, you want to measure your progress, but you don’t want to become obsessed with the scale and feel like a failure when it doesn’t give you the number you’re expecting
13) Subscribe to email newsletters – Daily health and wellness emails help keep you on track by serving as a reminder that you’re on a journey. Newsletters letters also serve as motivation because of the community aspect. They are also great ways to get new recipe ideas
14) Take a multivitamin – As much as you’re changing your eating habits for the better, no one gets all of the vitamins and minerals their bodies need 365 days a year. Supplements can help us get more of the nutrients our bodies are lacking
15) Eat 5-6 times per day – Eating one meal a day or something crazy like that will only be counterproductive. Your body will begin to go into starvation mode because it doesn’t know when it will eat again. When you eat more often throughout the day, not only will you be more satisfied, but you will keep your metabolism running optimally. I try to keep my body on a schedule and eat about every 3-4 hours
I hope you find these tips helpful! Feel free to try some or all of them. Whatever tips you choose to take away, please remember to love yourself during the process! So, I guess I have 16 tips! Lol. Just make sure you are not being too hard on yourself if you are giving it your all. You cannot compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.