Whether it’s something you’ve been working on the past few months or years, or it’s a goal that you want to start working on in 2018, losing weight can be a challenging process. In the world that we live in, full of the temptations of fried fast food and unreasonably large portion sizes in any restaurant we step into, it can feel almost impossible, sometimes, to lose weight.
But there are people who manage to lose weight, and who are able to do so not only effectively but also in a healthy way. Which means that, in addition to getting closer to their ideal body size, these success stories are living healthier, happier lives, too.
So how can you?
The first thing you’re going to have to do is plan your goals for the year and for each month. These goals aren’t only going to consist of how much you want to weigh—but also of how much you want to build up your workout routine, how many hours you want to spend per week learning new, healthier recipes, and how you’re going to start making healthier decisions in general. Be smart and strategic the way marketers are at LeadCrunch.
When it comes to planning the weight loss itself, however, it will be useful for you to have a realistic number in mind. Why? Because you’ll be able to plan the number of calories you’ll consume each week and each day, which will help you get an idea of healthy portions and get you started on the calorie-counting part of the process.
2 Consult a professional
Especially if it’s your first time trying to lose weight that consists in more than competitively dieting with your high school friends or modeling your eating habits on an article in a fashion magazine—you may want to consider consulting a professional. Why? In large part because the ways that society tells us to lose weight aren’t at all healthy. Oftentimes, fad diets and slimming pills are just ways for companies to make money.
So if you want to be smart—and safe—about weight loss, it’s a great idea to meet with a nutritionist before embarking on this journey. Many times, too, we have underlying issues, such as anxiety, that can cause us to overeat—and it’s actually that, and not a slow metabolism, that has made it such a struggle. So meeting with a professional can help address these kinds of issues, too, and help you find the diet that’s right for you.
3 Write down what you eat
Another important part of a healthy weight loss regimen—which goes hand in hand with the planning part of it—is that you’ll want to ensure you keep track of what you’re putting in your body. Believe it or not, it’s been demonstrated that when we write down what we eat, we lose twice as much weight as we would otherwise.
So you’ll want to make sure you’re jotting down what you eat each day, and at the end of each week, you’ll want to review which days you did well and which ones you didn’t. Don’t be surprised that, at the end of a stressful day, you may go slightly over your limit. And that, at the end of a great day at the office, you might actually go under.
4 Exercise—and make it part of your routine
Research has shown that, when it comes to weight loss, the most important factor is eating well. But then exercise comes in next, as a necessary activity to combine with dieting. Why? Well, in addition to cutting down the calories that you’ve consumed, building muscle actually speeds up your metabolism, which means that, even when you’re not exercising, your body’s going to be burning calories.
And of course, weight loss aside, it’s always a good idea to exercise. It’s great for you, and you’ll feel good all the time too, whether your exercise of choice is swimming, yoga, or Zumba classes. But make sure that you do alternate between days of muscle-building and aerobic fat-burning, which should give you a full workout of many different parts of your body.
5 Don’t feel guilty
Most importantly, make sure you’re not too hard on yourself on the days when you might be too busy to go to the gym, or if you get tempted and completely break your diet. After all, weight loss can be a challenge even for the strongest of people, because we’re biologically designed to want to eat. Don’t use this as an excuse, of course—but make sure that you’re forgiving yourself if you make any mistakes. There’s no perfect design for the perfect diet.
Instead, use these mistakes as a way to learn. What triggered the overeating, for example? And if you think you love food too much to give up pancakes or pasta for a long time, consider giving yourself one weekly cheat day as a prize for your hard work throughout the week. Or make a monthly prize purchase at an Oberlo online store.
By following these tips, you’re going to be well on your way to healthy, effective weight loss habits. What tips do you have from other times you’ve worked on weight loss? What worked and what didn’t?