Are you struggling to lose weight? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Most people have trouble with their weight at some time during their life. Developing a weight loss plan that is both effective and healthy can be difficult, as is sticking to it. Read below for some things I have learned on my journey to a healthier me and how I stayed motivated.
Pay close attention to the way that you prepare your own food. Example, when cooking meat, try to bake, grill, or broil as much as possible. Stay away from pan frying or deep frying. Grilling is a perfect way to burn away the fat while preparing a tasty dish. This can be a simple way to cut back calories and fat content when cooking at home.
Drink water! I know. It is dull and boring and you need flavor. Next time you’re at the grocery store pick up some mint leaves, lemon, cucumber and strawberries. Throw in your water and voila! You have infused water. If you sit down to a meal and are famished, it’s more likely you will eat more, but simply having a glass of water before a meal will help with that. Sometimes our body will tell you it’s thirsty, but you may think it’s telling you it’s hungry because the sensation we get when we are dehydrated mimics the feeling of hunger.
Eat balanced meals. Tacos smothered in guacamole and strawberry margaritas don’t count toward your daily amount of fruits and vegetables. If you follow a balanced diet then your body will stay in an optimum weight loss zone where you can shed weight very quickly. Having a balanced diet is mandatory if you are trying to lose weight the right way.
Reward yourself for sticking to your goals. And not with food. You’re not a dog. Go get a massage, buy a new shirt, or go shopping. It’s ok to treat yourself to a materialistic award and give yourself a pat on the back for good work.
I also started to cut out the bun whenever I ate a burger. By eliminating a little bit of carbs from a meal like this, you’ll be taking in fewer calories than you normally would.
Journaling. Yes. Writing down what you eat and why. I did this and found I wasn’t always eating because I was hunger. Sometimes it was boredom. Recognizing when you are doing this will help you learn how to break the habit. Find other activities to occupy your time. For me, I love trying those quick recipes on Facebook. You know the ones that look super easy and convince you that you could be the next Emeril.
Losing weight is difficult for anyone who tries. You will have great days and you will have not so great days. There will be days you will cry because you want a piece of cake. There will be days that nothing can stop you. There are many things you can do to make the process easier. I do believe that with these tips, you should be better prepared to tackle your weight loss journey. Be safe, be healthy and have fun with it!