So many people struggle with their weight these days. However, it isn’t nearly as complicated to get rid of as people think. Information in magazines and the media make it seem more complicated than it is. There are a thousand new fad diets out every single week! Well, getting your excess weight off for good isn’t about fad diets in any way, shape, or form. You definitely don’t need to live off vegetables alone and starve yourself. Use this guide to help you get that excess weight off for good:
Start Monitoring What You Eat
The first step is to monitor what you eat. You can’t expect to get that excess fat and weight off if you’re just winging it when it comes to food. This way, you’re held accountable for the things you put in your mouth. MyFitnessPal is a really helpful app to have for this. Start off putting in what you would eat usually, and you might be surprised. Don’t just look at the calories, but the macronutrients too. How much protein, fat, and carbohydrates are you getting? Are you getting any vitamins? What about your sugar intake? You might be shocked to realise you get a lot more than you think. By monitoring what you eat, you can lose weight really easily. This is the first thing you should do before you consider anything like weight loss surgery. If you don’t change your mindset, nothing you do afterwards will work in the long run.
Pay Attention to Portion Sizes
Now it’s time to pay attention to your portion sizes. Don’t serve yourself monster portions; try to actually weigh things so you can monitor what you’re eating effectively. You should never cut out one food group, but rather ensure you’re eating just enough. Some people recommend that you have a gram of protein for each pound of bodyweight. You should have your carbs at a reasonable level, so you have energy but not so your body is storing them as fat. Healthy fats should be consumed, anywhere from 40-60 grams. A calculator online could help you.
Make Healthy Swaps
If you really feel like eating something naughty, try to make a healthy swap instead. Rather than having a burger and chips from Mcdonalds, make your own burgers at home and some sweet potato fries. This will make a huge difference in the long run! Just remember, you can still put on weight from eating too many clean foods. This is why monitoring what you’re eating is so important.
Allow Treats in Moderation
Don’t get me wrong; you can have treats in moderation. One of the main reasons people fail is that they tell themselves they’re never allowed a treat ever again. This usually leads to them giving up pretty quickly, and binging. You should allow yourself a treat meal, not day, every week. Make sure it’s sensible though, so you don’t undo all of your hard work. Maybe allow yourself a desert, but keep it under control! Then you get right back on to eating healthy foods.
Don’t Forget to Count Your Drinks
Some people forget that drinks have calories in them at all! Your main drink should be water; drinking 2-3 litres of this a day will help you to flush out toxins and fat. You should avoid sugary drinks like pop and juice. You should even avoid diet drinks, as they can make the body crave sugar. If you have alcoholic beverages, make sure you monitor them. Ideally, you should never drink your calories!
Find Exercise You Enjoy
Now, eating is the most important thing, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to get some exercise in there too. Try to be active where possible, for example, taking the stairs rather than a lift. You should also find a form of exercise you enjoy, like zumba, kickboxing, or weight lifting. Ideally, you’ll do a mix of cardiovascular activity and resistance training. Resistance training is the best form of exercise for shaping and sculpting the body! Some people think cardio is essential, but it only helps to burn calories and that stops when you stop exercising. Resistance training burns fat and calories long after you’ve stopped! If you’re a woman, don’t worry about ‘getting too big’. That doesn’t happen, as women don’t have enough testosterone to grow like that. It takes a lot of excess calories and deliberate training for years for a woman to get bigger, so give resistance training a go. You’ll get smaller and tighter.
Monitor Your Progress
Monitoring your progress will keep you focused. If you don’t take progress pictures, you won’t see how far you’ve come. If you’ve got quite a bit of weight to lose, you might say ‘I’ll take some in a couple of weeks’, because you feel like you can’t bear to take them. You’ll regret this later on, because you will really want to see how far you’ve come. You can make big changes in a few weeks, so it’s worth taking pictures right now! You should also measure yourself and write down what you come up with. Don’t bother weighing yourself too much, as it isn’t always accurate. You definitely don’t want to be one of those people that stress over 1 or 2 pounds. If you must weigh yourself, do it once a month. Bear in mind, you can actually put on weight but look smaller if you build muscle. That’s the most important thing, right?
Patience is key when you want to get your excess weight off for good. Don’t rush it. Don’t starve yourself. Always do your best. If you make mistakes, which you more than likely will, don’t let them set you back. Simply keep going. After a while, you’ll get exactly where you want to be!
Consistency is the key to this lifestyle. We all fall off the wagon. You just need to get back on as soon as you’re able. Remember why you started!
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