This has happened to all of us: Whenever we decide to lose weight, more often than not, at the beginning, we go full force at it, put in all the hard work of eating little (or a lot less or even to the point of starvation) and working out like a fiend—the whole time thinking that the weight will come off fast and plentiful. And we all do all this because that’s what we’ve been told by our friends or what we’ve read our favorite celebrities have done to look good for a movie.
But in reality, I can bet that your weight loss have not last for more than a month at a time. And that’s because true and long-term weight loss takes time, patience and consistency. Short bursts of extreme measures do not work and make you give up quickly, and in no time, you will just revert to your old habits of eating poorly and hating exercise. So, forget about what your friends have told you or what your favorite celebrity has done—iff you want to lose weight the healthy and ‘right’ way, follow these 7 simple tips and make easy changes to your lifestyle.
1. Find balance.
Incorporate appropriate diet and exercise into your lifestyle. Don’t starve yourself if you hate working out or kill yourself in the gym over the cake you devoured after lunch. Create a smart eating plan and regular exercise regimen to see healthy weight loss results.
2. Log your food and fitness.
Whether you track your calories or simply write down your meals and workouts each day, tracking your progress will keep you on track to reach your goals. You’ll hold yourself accountable by logging everything you eat to make certain you’re getting enough of the right kind of foods each day.
3. Don’t skip meals.
Yes, you lose weight by burning more calories than your consume, but don’t skip any meals to make that happen! Your body needs the fuel and nutrients of healthy foods to naturally burn calories, and restricting your eating can actual promote fat storage. Aim to eat breakfast, lunch and supper with two snacks for optimal results.
4. Make it a lifestyle change.
Quick fix diets may work temporarily, but when the five or ten days are over, you’re back to your old habits and the pounds quickly pack back on. Instead of relying on crash diets, create your own healthy menus each week or start your weight loss by making simple, easy swaps you can keep up.
5. Don’t let setbacks derail your progress.
You won’t always be able to (nor should you) resist every slice of birthday cake you’re offered. Making foods “off-limits” isn’t healthy for your mind and you’ll likely eat that forbidden food as an emotional crutch the minute things get tough. Allow yourself the occasional indulgence, but start each day fresh and try your best to maintain a smart diet.
6. Ignore the scale.
Weighing yourself religiously can negatively affect your mental health, and the number on the scale doesn’t give you an accurate depiction of weight loss anyway. Fat and muscle weigh the same, but muscle is more dense, meaning it takes up less space. You can completely transform your body without losing a single pound!
7. Keep things simple.
One of the biggest mistakes that many women make, which makes them fail to make changes, and thus lose weight is that they overcomplicate things. With weight loss, often times, simplicity is best.
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