Losing weight is a difficult thing to do, but it can be done. Often people think that by eating right and exercising daily they’ll see a fitness transformation within themselves. Although, these things are true there are other factors that play into a person’s fitness transformation. I created a list of 10 Weight Loss tips to help you or anyone you know take on their weight loss journey. It’s important to remember that with any fitness transformation you have to be patient and consistent with everything that you do.
1. Always eat at the table
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that whenever I eat in my bed or on the couch I tend to indulge more than I should. There’s just something about eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at the table that keeps you from overeating. You’re more mindful of what is in front of you and won’t try to take in as much. The next time you’re hungry eat your meal at the table and see the difference it makes.
2. Avoid weighing yourself daily
Looking at the number on the scale can distract you from the most important goal, which is being fit and healthy. When you’re so consumed with the number that you see you’re more concerned with getting to a specific weight rather than developing healthy practices, which can make a bigger difference in the long run.
3. Eat healthy snacks when you are craving sweets
Whenever you crave something sweet try replacing it with something healthy instead. For example, instead of eating chips eat almonds or a piece of fruit instead. When you train your brain to go for the healthier foods rather than sweets and fatty snacks it will become a habit.
4. Learn to cook for yourself, I mean really cook
Using UberEATS or ordering out can be nice, but overdoing it can put a hindrance on your health. It’s okay to have a cheat day once a week, but eating out too much will not only leave your body feeling sluggish, but will leave your pockets empty, too.
5. Take the stairs every chance you get
If you don’t have the time to exercise due to work, school or simply just having a busy schedule try using every chance you get to workout. If that means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, so be it. If that means walking further from your parking spot to your destination, do it! Every little bit of exercise can add up each day, so take advantage of those opportunities.
6. Don’t compare your body to others
Body comparisons can be the biggest downfall to a person’s weight loss transformation. You have to know that everyone is not meant to be a size 4. Appreciating your own body will help you learn to be confident in your own skin. Ultimately, the goal is to be fit and healthy not someone that you’re not.
7. Do workouts you enjoy
There’s nothing worse than doing a workout you hate as part of your weight loss journey. Workouts with high intensity are fun to do, but shouldn’t be completed if you don’t have previous experience in doing them. Having a knowledgeable trainer that can create workout plans geared for your body are the best way to ensure that you’re getting the exercise you need each day.
8. Replace soda & fruity drinks with water
Your body is 60% water, so why not fill it with it? Soda and fruity drinks can actually make you more full when you’re eating a meal compared to drinking just water. I always tell people to take your weight multiplied by 2/3 and the number you get is how many ounces you should drink daily. Not to mention that drinking water hydrates you after a workout, too.
9. Get an accountability partner
Having an accountability partner helps you keep your goals because you’re surrounded by people who want the same things that you do, which is ultimately a healthier lifestyle. Working out with friends is always fun and is a great way to not skip out on a workout because you’d be meeting up with someone and you wouldn’t want to cancel on them.
10. Visit a doctor
Checking in with your physician is a great way to examine one’s overall health and wellness. A physician can let you know if you have any health issues that could keep you from losing weight. It’s important to find that out because that could be a huge element that’s missing from your weight loss journey.
I hope that you reach your fitness goals and become the best you that you can possibly be. Once you reach your goal weight it’s important to remember everything you did to get there and maintain that weight. Overtime you will learn to develop healthy eating and lifestyle habits, which will carry you through your fitness transformation.