Happy Saturday guys! Wisconsin weather has been so nice lately – sunny skies and cool breezes are making it just perfect for being outside. This coming Monday, I’ll have stuck to this weight loss thing for 2 weeks! 2 whole weeks! I feel like I know quite a bit about eating healthy and smart ways to lose weight and all of that, but I’m always looking for more. Because maybe one day I’ll stumble on some amazing weight loss secret or something 😉 Either way, there’s always something to learn. Especially when it comes to just seeing what works and doesn’t work for different people.
Since I’ve started and stopped and gone back and forth so many times with this weight loss thing, I wanted to share 5 of my most trustworthy ways to get the ball rolling on your weight loss journey. Things that I have consistently found to work really well for me and hopefully, for you as well! Spoiler alert – I’m pretty sure all 5 ways are pretty common sense, but I’m going ahead with it anyway. Here we go!
Take a Daily Walk
Walking is the easiest way to start working out because everyone can do it. Whether you are of a smaller build or a larger one, short, tall, male, female, young, old, you get the picture. Everyone can start with walking! It is a great starting point because it’s not hard, but it still gets your heart rate up, your blood pumping and your muscles working. I always start with walking because it’s the easiest way to get active if you haven’t been active in awhile and are pretty out of shape…like me! I still feel good about myself after a nicely paced walk, mentally and physically. Mentally because I got a workout in and stayed on track for the day, and physically because I’m getting my body stronger without having to kill myself in a harder workout that my body isn’t ready for.
Eat Less of the Bad Stuff & More of the Good Stuff
Obvious I know, but you can’t lose weight without following this! And admittedly, this is the hardest part for me. Eating well is 80% of the weight loss equation. Even if you do an intense 2 hour workout, it is worthless if you don’t eat well. Cut out fast food, processed snack foods, and salty foods and make sure to incorporate lots of whole grains, fresh fruits & veggies and lean meats. The cleaner you eat, the better. It’s really pretty simple.
Keep Track of Your Calories
I know this isn’t for everyone, and some people can do really well without counting a single calorie. I am not one of those people. Knowing how much I am putting into my body helps keep me on track. Especially since calories add up so quickly. My favorite way to keep track of how many calories go into my body is with the My Fitness Pal app. I’ve been using it for years and love how easy it is to use. When I haven’t been keeping track of my calorie intake for awhile and start back up again, I am always shocked and frankly disgusted at how fast those calories add up. It’s actually kind of depressing! I’m not saying that you should obsess about every last calorie (because it’s pretty impossible), but just be aware. Knowledge is power people!
Drink More Water
Keeping your body properly hydrated is so important when trying to lose weight, or just be healthier in general. Our body is more than 50% water, so we need to drink lots of water each day to give our body what it needs to function properly. Drinking lots of water helps flush out toxins, improve your skin, and keep you full so you’re not as tempted to snack. Try adding fresh sliced fruit to your water to give it a splash of flavor. I love strawberries, blueberries, and lemons in my water!
Living a healthy lifestyle takes a lot of planning. I need to make sure I’m getting enough fruits & veggies in my day, staying within my calorie limit, eating enough protein to keep me full, plan out when I’ll have time to do my walk for the day, make sure I consistently have all the food items I need to stay on track, the list goes on. You see what I mean? I love using journals for this kind of stuff. For example, I found it really useful to write down lots of different healthy and filling meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner so that I’d never draw a blank. Having a plan and being prepared means you’re less likely to fail!
Losing weight isn’t easy people, so I’m hoping these 5 tips will help you out in some way! Remember, small changes add up to big results so just take it one day at a time. And if incorporating all 5 of these at the same time is too challenging, slow it down and add in things one at a time.
What things are helpful for you when you’re trying to be healthier?? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a great rest of your weekend!