10 Easy Steps To Help You Lose Weight
Since summer is soon approaching a lot of us are in the long and tiring process of trying to lose some weight, so we can enjoy the sun while looking good in our favorite summer outfits. We know how difficult it is to get in shape despite the efforts we put in each year.
We may be going about losing weight the wrong way though. This is because in order to lose weight it is a lot more than just eating less and exercising.
Therefore, if you follow these simple 10 steps you may lose that extra weight you wanted just in time for summer!
1. Set up a goal
In order to lose weight, you need to be motivated and need be able to work towards the finish line. This is why it is important to set up a goal in order to make your weight loss journey is a success. However, you need to set a SMART goal:
Specific: By asking questions like "How am I going to reach my goal?" and "How will this goal make me feel when I accomplish it?"
Measurable: You need to set up a goal that is measurable, in other words you need to be able to record the change in number. For example, "I will lose 10 pounds".
Attainable: Your goal that you create needs to be realistic by making sure you consider all elements. For example, your age and health. Therefore, if you do not set up a goal that is realistic than you are just setting yourself up to be disappointed again.
Relevant: The exercise and the diet you choose need to be relevant towards your mental and physical ability, interest and location.
Time: The goal that you set up needs a time frame. This way you will work hard to make sure that your goal will be a success and it also is a way to keep you motivated each day.
2. Eat at home
Eating at home is one of the best ways you can lose weight. This is because it is a controlled environment where you tend to eat a lot healthier and a lot less compared to eating out.
Also when you eat at home you tend not to eat larger portions, don't cook with fat and won't eat high-fat and high-calorie foods.
Therefore, your intake of calorie will decrease which will help you to accomplish your SMART weight loss goal.
3. Get more sleep
Yes, sleep! Getting more sleep is a great tool that will aid you towards losing weight. By getting more sleep, it will stop late night snacking. Late night snacking is a bad habit where the calories just sit in your body and promote weight gain.
In addition, while you sleep you burn off calories. And when you get up from a well-rested sleep it will allow you to have more energy the next day so you can get the most out of your exercise routine.
It also reduces belly fat because increased sleep will decrease anxiety and stress. And who would pass on the opportunity to get more sleep!
4. Change up your fitness routine
By sticking to a same fitness routine, you are stopping your body from losing more weight. This is because your body adapts to the type of exercise that you do which will stop your body from burning fat cells quicker. This is why you need to challenge and strengthen your body by changing up your workout routine. Therefore, it is recommended to do a split routine. This means that your exercise routine focuses on different groups of muscles during different workouts which will also help increase your metabolism.
Your cardio also needs variation too, so instead of going for a jog, ride a bike or even go for a swim. Also, change up the weight that you use and your repetitions.
5. Don't skip breakfast
Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, but it also helps you stay full, which means less snacking, less intake of calories and helps you lose weight.
When you skip a meal like breakfast, you become hungrier and you have less energy. This may cause you to skip out on exercising. By eating breakfast, your body will feel nourished and satisfied which will allow you to stop snacking throughout the day.
6. Get some support
By having someone support you towards your fitness or weight loss goal it will ensure you make that goal a success. This is because by having positive energy around you, it will allow you to feel motivated and keep you on track in accomplishing your goal.
Your support can also be your workout buddy too. This will allow you to stay committed to your goal and have some healthy competition to make this process more fun and enjoyable.
7. Stay away from diets
Diets will set you up for disappointment! Even though diets will help you lose weight fast, it will also make you gain the weight back just as fast. This is because diets will store the food that you eat as fat because your body is not getting the food intake that you need. You are also missing out on nutrients which are good for your health.
Dieting also decreases your metabolism which will make it difficult for you to lose weight in the future. Also when you stop your diet you will gain the weight back fast and you will find it harder to lose the weight again.
8. Drink lots of water
Drinking lots of water is the simplest tool that will help you lose weight. This is because it will help you feel full longer and it is also a great way of replacing those high-calorie drinks.
It also helps towards a better workout. This is because it prevents muscle cramping. If you drink ice cold water it can help you build an increased metabolism which will help you lose weight faster. This method is most successful when you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per a day.
9. Put less food out
When you put less food out it will allow you to control your calorie intake. This is because if you are supersizing your meals you are also supersizing your body.
Some tricks you can do to make sure you put out less food and eat less is by using smaller plates. This is because it will give the illusion that you are eating lots but in reality you are eating less. It also allows you to control and monitor how much you are eating. This is a great way to help you lose weight and decrease your calorie intake.
10. Avoid white foods
By avoiding white foods like bread, rice and pasta it can help you lose weight. This is because white foods contain added sugars which increase your blood sugars which will lead to weight gain.
It is also a great way to cut out calories which will aid you to lose weight. By cutting out white foods you can control your hunger better because of the improved insulin sensitivity. Therefore, substitute you white rice with some brown rice which will help reduce your calorie intake.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.