Author: Frosina Angjelkoska
Published on: March 5, 2017
The 4 Easiest Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably tried every possible diet on the planet and yo-yoed back fast.
You signed up for aerobics classes, did your fair share of home exercises and created way too many fit motivation boards on Pinterest to keep you fired up.
You even cut down on bread, sugar and snacks, but you’re still not able to shed those stubborn extra pounds.
So many of us choose to go on a diet because we think it’s the fastest way to our ideal body.
But in fact, healthy weight loss is a process and your body needs time to adapt to it. It’s a challenging, yet rewarding journey that will make you defy your limits and grow as a person.
It requires commitment – to eating nutrient-rich foods, exercising regularly, and practicing a lot of self-love and patience.
So keep reading to discover 4 simple, but effective weight loss tips that’ll help you appreciate your body more.
1. MAKE YOUR MEALS COUNT
You’ve heard it before, but yes – breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It should be well-balanced to jumpstart your day and nutrient-packed to give you enough energy until lunch.
Make each meal count by preparing it from fresh, unprocessed and homemade ingredients. It’s best to avoid refined sugars and highly processed carbs, though natural sugars found in fruits, honey or stevia can be a part of your diet in moderate amounts.
On the other hand, being mindful about what you consume can help you make better dietary choices.
Think of food as a source of energy that fuels your brain and body. For example, when you eat at social gatherings or snack when you’re feeling emotional, think about the purpose of food and whether you need that extra energy at the moment.
2. KNOW YOUR BODY’S NEEDS
Listen to your body closely and pay attention to the signs it gives you. Observe how your digestive system reacts to the foods you eat, and how you feel afterwards. The same goes for exercising – your body will tell you when it reaches its limit.
Be kind to yourself and remember that it’s always more important to get there eventually than to get there fast at the expense of your health.
3. APPRECIATE EVERY PROGRESS
I’m all about working out and being strong physically, but I’m also a loud advocate of being strong mentally. And for many people, the greatest struggle of all is staying motivated on their fitness journey and not giving up.
We’re often so caught up in our failures that we forget to acknowledge our victories, no matter how small they may seem. In weight loss, like in life, every step forward makes a difference.
The best way to remember your success is to keep track of it every day. Write down your daily accomplishments. If you had a clean eating day or a good exercise, jot that down. If you went another day without dessert, that’s an A in the book. See every action you take towards your goals as success.
4. DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
There are days when I just want to take a break from adulting and eat junk food while binge-watching Netflix. Life’s too short to NOT eat that chocolate cake, right?
I’m all about cakes – and believe me, I’m the first in line to try each kind on display in the neighborhood bakery. But on the other hand, I also believe that constantly negotiating with yourself is not a rational way of reaching your weight loss goals.
What I find useful is assigning one day in the month to indulge myself in my favorite desserts and then just let go. This way, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on something, but I’m still sticking to my healthy eating habits the rest of the time.
Have you tried any easy and effective weight loss tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!