Your first step to weight loss is to compare yourself to yourself and yourself only. We all compare ourselves to the 5 foot 8 inch girl we know who weighs 120 pounds and eats BLT’s everyday. Competing with others will only hinder us of reaching out own goals. Love Yourself!
Have a Plan
Make a plan and stick to it. Plan your meals and workout to make it easier to accomplish your goals. Realize your faults and plan around them. If you always skip breakfast, make something in advanced that you just have to heat up (our egg muffins are prefect for busy mornings) or buy some low sugar protein bars to have on-the-go.
Plan Cheat Meals
If you really want to lose weight you need to eat clean and accept that a cookie everyday and cheese with every meal is out of the picture. But for your sanity you should plan on having one cheat meal a week. Indulge in our favorite food. Try having just one to avoid overeating.
Eat slowly, chew your food, and enjoy every bite. Eating slowly allows your body to pick up cues or whether you are full or still hungry. This is really important during your cheat meals. If you only allow yourself one a week, eat slowly and enjoy every bite of it. Check out The Slow Down Diet.
Don’t Eat After Nine
This will vary depending on what time you go to bed at night. Studies suggest that limiting the times you eat aids in weight loss. At first try limiting your eating to 12 hours. If you have your first meal at 8a.m. make your last at 8 p.m.
Eat 5-6 Meals a Day
Eating 5-6 small meals a day keeps you satisfied so that you never over indulge. It also keeps your blood sugar levels stable insuring you have lasting energy.
Water is critical to all functions of your body but for weight loss it fills you up making you feel fuller longer. Try drinking one glass before each meal to help fill your stomach. Aim to have .5-1 ounces of water per pound of body weight. Check out our 40 fruit water recipes to help you drink up.
Move & Groove
Regular workouts improve your overall health, confidence, and calorie burning. The more lean muscle, the more calories burned resting. Try 3 sessions a week.
Getting the right amount of shut eye is critical. Sleep regenerates your hormones. Without enough, your body can’t properly function. Aim for 7-8 hours a night.
Which would you prefer when preparing food for your diet?