I previously shared with you guys how I lost 25 pounds. It was an amazing victory for me that I’m sharing with you some of the diet tips and tricks that worked for me. But before sharing those with you, I would like to inform you that am I am by no means a certified health junkie. I am just a girl who seriously wanted to lose weight. These tips are from a girl who gave herself a year to lose weight and succeeded. With that said, here are my tips. (READ How I Lost 25 Pounds)
Tip #1: Find your motivation
I’m starting with the most important tip of all and that is to find your motivation. Find within yourself a real reason as to why you want to lose weight. We’re all so guilty of having superficial reasons and I believe that this is one cause as to why people who want to lose weight never succeed. Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight because people say I’m fat”, make your motivations as “The emotional effect of people calling me fat is already affecting my outlook in life.” Saying it this way would help you focus more on the bigger goal which is your life rather than other people’s perception of you. This is a true story because I was always trying to lose weight because I was brainwashed by society that thinner is better but as soon as I said that I wanted to lose weight for my health, it was easier to do activities that would help me.
Tip #2: Find physical activities that you enjoy
People are all different. We all have different bodies which can react differently to different activities. It is important to find an activity that your body enjoys. Don’t ever make yourself go through anything just so you can lose weight. If you’re the type that doesn’t like exercise, start by doing small activities. Go to the next level once your body has adjusted. However, if your body doesn’t react well to it, go find a different activity to do. This is also a great tip because often times we start things (like enrolling in a gym) but never maximize it because we then realize it’s not something we enjoy. There are a million ways to exercise and it’s all about finding one that you enjoy and could do consistently.
Tip #3: Change the way you eat
The rule is 80% diet, 20% exercise. If you’re eating all the wrong food, it’s going to be hard to lose any weight. There are different diets out there that you could try but the most important diet is a healthy and balanced diet. It’s also important to get to know your body and eat for it. A perfect example is how I have a slow metabolism due to my lack of fiber. Once I realized this, I opted for fiber-rich food. I now eat mostly oats for breakfast. I give my body what it lacks to help it work seamlessly.
Another tip is to find alternatives to the bad food you like. It’s always easier to go eat unhealthy food but if you spend an extra hour in the grocery, you can actually find healthier options for your favorites. If you love pasta, there are actually healthier kinds of pasta in the market – the ones with dehydrated veggies or the ones made from whole wheat. It’s all about looking at the labels and recognizing ingredients that won’t help your body.
Tip #4: Practice self-discipline to stay consistent
Once you’ve started, the hardest part is to be consistent. This is where your self-discipline and motivation kicks in. It’s so easy to say “this is already okay” when you’ve seen some progress even if you’re still far from your goal. But remember that you’re in it for the long haul. Don’t let progress stop you from achieving or even exceeding your goal.
Also, when you’re in a slump or when you’re having a bad day, never turn your back on your progress. Have that self-discipline to continue even if all of your efforts aren’t working. Whatever set back you might face, look at it as a challenge and not as a defeat. Just be consistent, practice self-discipline and I tell you, you can achieve your goal.
Tip #5: Research other diets/methods to lose weight
I am including this tip because when I was in a slump, my friend who was on a different diet shared with me some tips. Her diet as a whole wasn’t something I’d go for but some concepts were interesting enough for me to try. To be specific, I was intrigued by intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. -James Clear, The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting
Surprisingly, after doing intermittent fasting (or my version of it), I was able to lose some pounds. I wouldn’t recommend you fasting completely but if you learn to incorporate the concept and create your own version, you’d still see improvement. The lesson here is to just be open to different things and see if it can work for you.
Tip #6: Keep on walking
Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercises out there. People think that just because you don’t sweat as much, it offers little to no benefits. But truth is, it offers a lot! It is a great way to incorporate a form of exercise in daily lives and (personally) it also helps to have a better mental state.
I personally aim for 10,000 steps a day. That’s roughly 8km. It sounds like a lot but it’s not. My 10,000 is divided. I have smaller goals to reach per hour of the day. Doing this makes the 10,000 steps a small feat but a regular form of physical activity for me especially when I’m at the office.
Tip #7: Prepare your own food
With our busy lives, it’s always easier to eat out and consume food that’s pre-made by someone else. But as we all know, it’s 80% diet. If we let ourselves continuously consume food that we don’t prepare, we are putting ourselves in the hands of another. It is critical that we know every ingredient that it put into our food to maximize our control over our diets. It’ll be hard and time-consuming but it’ll be worth it because you are carefully curating your diet. You are taking control and only putting good food into your body. Always try to prepare your own food to know how it’s made and create portions that’ll just be enough for you.
Tip #7: Say no to snacks!
I’ve realized that snacks are the unhealthiest foods out there. Snacks either have too much sugar or salt in it, especially if you’re not preparing it yourself. It’s just filling you but not giving your body any real benefits. That’s why it’s always better to just skip it completely. Another benefit of skipping it completely is you’ll be more conscious of the three meals you have for the rest of the day. You won’t have that mindset that you can always have a snack when you’re breakfast, lunch, or dinner isn’t enough.
There you have it! These are the seven tips I’ve followed religiously to lose weight. As you can see, it isn’t focused on an easy way to lose weight. These tips are more focused on changing a lifestyle to a more cleaner and healthier one. I opted to change my lifestyle instead because most of the time people rebound once reaching their weight goal if they choose the easy way. That’s not what I want. I want something that I can consistently do even if I’m already at my weight goal.
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