Top 3 Weight Loss Tips
When it comes to weight loss, I have some experience. I started by losing 40 pounds just before I entered my 20s and over the next 12 years, I would continue my journey by maintaining my weight, then gaining some back, then losing it again, (then repeating this a few times), then getting pregnant (twice) and working to lose the baby weight both times by my 6 month postpartum mark. And when asked how to lose weight, these are the TOP 3 TIPS I can speak from experience, as being the basics of weight loss.
The Simple Science behind losing fat is to consume less calories than you burn. Whether this means you start burning more calories through exercise or you cut back your daily caloric intake, or both. This is the only way to lose weight. Here are some tips to help you do this.
1. Plan your meals
Planning and prepping your meals and snacks can make all the difference for you in sticking with a healthy diet plan long enough to begin seeing the results. This is the best way to set yourself up for success. After a few weeks, you will have your go to meals and snacks and you’ll find less guesswork goes into your daily diet. “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”- Alan Lakein
2. Drink plenty of water
Water should be your beverage of choice 95% of the time. Its benefits include assisting in digestion, aiding the kidneys in cleansing the body of toxins, and hydration (all 3 which can keep you from carrying around extra bloat), AND it also helps your complexion. Don’t take water for granted, and keep it clean and simple. Stay away from too many additives like Crystal Light or flavored products- unless it’s a slice of lemon, cucumber or your favorite fruit. Good ‘ole clean water is one of the best things you can give your body.
This is the ONLY way I can personally maintain my weight. Eating healthy meals every 3-4 hours fires up your metabolism and keeps your body a lean, mean fat burning machine. This is where Tip #1 comes in. If you are not use to eating this often, this is going to take you planning and prepping your meals in advance. Always have a healthy, option near by. If you don’t, before you know it, 5-6 hours have passed. We are all busy, but you have to decide what’s important and plan ahead. Have a boiled egg ready to go and eat it at your desk. Look for snacks and meals with a decent amount of protein, and avoid ones with high amounts of sugar. Start to notice how you feel after you eat certain foods. Do you feel satisfied, or did you just down a huge bowl of popcorn yet it might as well have been air because you are still starving?! Do you feel energized or do you feel like you want to crash 20 minutes later? Start logging the foods that satisfy you until your next meal, and keep those on hand. Every calorie is NOT created equal. A food journal is a fantastic tool when you are starting out. You can even just write down your meals in your day planner, start to notice your patterns and soon enough it will be second nature.
I hope these tips help you, just remember to keep it simple and enjoy the journey. It’s a lifestyle change, but one of the best you can make! We have only one body in this lifetime, so let’s take care of it!