Thinking about losing weight can be so overwhelming that it can be hard to find the motivation to start. Losing weight doesn’t have to be a tedious or frustrating process of counting and restricting. In fact, it should be anything but that!
The best part about making the decision to become healthy is that you can start with your next workout, meal, or drink.
Start with simple changes.
Instead of staying “I need to go drink this day off” try “I need to go run this day off.” Skip the fast food and opt for a homemade dinner. Instead of reaching for another sip of soda, throw it away and grab some water.
Health isn’t a diet, restricting yourself, or counting calories. Focus on intuitive eating (eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full), watch your portion sizes, move your body daily, and eat healthy foods 80% of the time.
You are going to feel so much better with the outcome.
10 Stress Free Ways To Lose Weight
Get In The Right Mindset
Part of starting your journey to health and fitness begins with seeing yourself as you want to be. Believe it and then go after it.
A healthy lifestyle balances on the act of planning – Prepare for obstacles and know how to overcome them. Meal preparation and planning a workout around other obligations can help you to stay organized, save money and time, waste less food, eat healthier, and maintain a new lifestyle. We’ve all had those weeks where we barely have enough time to breathe, let alone think about eating healthy or working out. Great news! With good planning, your workout is already scheduled, your gym clothes are already packed, and a healthy meal is already on hand.
Set Realistic Goals
Set realistic and increasing goals. For example, a small goal might be “Eat healthy 80% of the time this week,” a medium goal might be “Lose 10 lbs by the end of the month,” and a big goal might be “Compete in a Bikini Competition.” Remember to set realistic goals and expectations. Try “I am going to switch to dark chocolate” instead of “I’m never eating chocolate again.”
Ditch The Scale
Stop worrying about the number on the scale. In fact, stop worrying all together. When you become too obsessed with the number you forget to pay attention to how you feel. Go by the feel of your clothes, measurements, and progress pictures. They tell a better picture of overall health than a scale ever could. Trust your body to find your own healthy set point with a balanced lifestyle of nutrition, physical activity, and positive relationships with ourself.
People often underestimate how much a good nights rest can positively affect the body. Adequate sleep is necessary to work effectively, stay energized, and fight off infections. Sleep deprivation alters metabolism and increases cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Fatigue and exhaustion can also greatly reduce productivity. Strive for 7-9 hours and see how you feel.
Find Your Movement
Not everyone is a marathon runner, yogi, power-lifter, or swimmer. The idea is to find activities that work for you, as long as you are incorporating both cardio and strength training into your workout routine. The type of activity you choose is completely based on personal preference.
Create A Support Network
When you have a support network of like-minded individuals who encourage you, cheer you on, and uplift you on bad days, it’s easier to stay committed to a lifestyle change. Involve your significant other, close friends, kids, family, and/or coworkers. Research healthy living blogs, buddy up with a friend for workouts, and ask for support and encouragement when you need it.
One bad weekend or one bad meal is not enough reason to trash an entire plan or lifestyle change. Setbacks are part of life. Think of your journey in terms of your overall health. Follow the 80/20 rule. If you are sticking to your plan 80% of the time then one night out won’t ruin your healthy lifestyle. Remind yourself that each new day is an opportunity to make healthier choices. Guilt is counter-productive. Free yourself from the cycle.
Reward Your Success
Don’t reward yourself with junk food, booze, or any other number of unhealthy things. Instead, reward (or simply motivate) yourself with new fitness apparel, a trip to the beach, some new shoes, or a healthy treat.
You aren’t going to lose all the weight you want to lose in one week and that’s okay. It’s a lifestyle change but so worth it. You have everything you need within you to become the best possible version of yourself. Believe that you can. Believe that you’re capable of pushing harder and farther than you have before. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, smart enough and strong enough to achieve your goals.
Remember: Moving your body and fueling it with good food are the only things you need to begin your transformation. Don’t make it any harder on yourself than it needs to be.