Make Small, Attainable Goals
One of the best pieces of advice I share with new clients is to make small, attainable goals. When you have a massive goal sitting in front of you, it almost makes you want to give up because it seems too hard to reach. Break your bigger goals into smaller, more achievable goals. Instead of saying you want to lose 50 pounds, focus on losing the first 5. Celebrating those smaller milestones on the way to your greater goal is going to motivate you and inspire you to stick with it.
Take Before and After Photos
I think taking before and after photos is one of the best things you can do to see progress in your weight loss journey. No one likes looking at their before photos, but in a couple of months when you put it next to your after photo, you’re going to love looking at it. I’m a firm believer that the scale doesn’t always tell you how much progress your making. By taking before at after photos, it will give you a clear view of how far you’ve come.
So many people use the scale as a measurement of success when they’re trying to lose weight. The numbers on the scale are not the only thing to celebrate. Try focusing on your non-scale victories. Do your pants fit better? Do you feel more energized? Did someone compliment you on your progress? Can you run around with your kids without getting winded? All of these would be non-scale victories that deserve to be celebrated.
Log your Food in My Fitness Pal (or another app)
While I’m not big on counting calories, I do think that using a food journal or food log is crucial for anyone trying to lose weight. I love My Fitness Pal and use it to track my macros and make sure that I’m reaching my daily goals. Using a food log to make sure you’re getting enough proteins, fats, and carbs can go a long way for anyone trying to lose weight.
Try Intermittent Fasting
I’ve tried so many different weight loss methods over the years. I can tell you, without a doubt, that intermittent fasting is the easiest way to lose weight. Don’t let the word “fasting” scare you. Intermittent fasting just means shortening your eating window each day. Instead of eating from 8AM – 8PM, you eat from 12PM – 8PM. Intermittent fasting is great for weight loss and has many other health benefits. You can learn more about intermittent fasting here!
Portion Out your Snacks
I’m a firm believer in the idea that no food should be off limits. If there’s a snack that you love, don’t deprive yourself, just make sure you enjoy it in moderation. Portioning out your snacks, or purchasing in individual servings helps you enjoy your favorite treats without going overboard.
Spice up your Food
It’s not hard to make your food taste good without adding tons of extra fat. Make sure you’re utilizing your spice rack (but try to go easy on the salt). I also love adding condiments like hot sauce, salsa, and mustard to my food for added flavor without the added fat.
Eat Before you Grocery Shop
One simple rule I always follow is never go to the grocery store hungry. I always make sure I eat beforehand so that I don’t make crazy decisions while I’m strolling the aisles. If you grocery shop on an empty stomach, you’re more likely to make poorer food choices, purchase things that weren’t on your list, and spend more money. Another great tip is to use a grocery pick up service (like Clicklist or Curbside Express). It cuts down on impulse purchases so that you’re only buying what’s on your list!
Look up the Menu before you go out to Eat
It can be extremely hard to stay on track with your weight loss goals if you frequently go out to eat. My family and I tend to go out to dinner every weekend. I’ve found that looking up the menu ahead of time and checking out the nutrition facts helps me stay on track and reach my daily macros. Restaurants can be tricky. Don’t think that a salad is the healthiest thing on the menu. You’d be surprised at how quickly the calories add up when there’s cheese, candied nuts, dried fruit, and loads of dressing added in. Check out the menu, look up the nutrition facts, and make a choice that fits into your goals that you’re also going to enjoy. You can read my other tips for going out to eat here!
Take 10k Steps a Day
I’d like to tell you that this is an easy way to stay healthy and shed some weight, but getting in 10,000 steps a day can be hard. However, walking is so good for your body, and your mind, especially if you work a job where you’re sedentary most of the day. For tips on how to get in 10,000 steps a day, check out this post.
Get 8 Hours of Sleep
Sleep isn’t given enough priority in most people’s lives. Not only is it important for your energy levels, it’s crucial for your health and has an impact on your body’s ability to lose weight. We treat eight hours of sleep like it’s a luxury, but it should be a scheduled part of our everyday lives. Put the phone down, turn off Netflix, and catch some z’s.
Have a Greens Drink
I learned a long time ago that getting in all my micronutrients was hard. I’m not huge on veggies and even when I think I’ve done well getting in my greens for the day, I always end up falling short. In an effort to simplify my life, I started drinking daily greens. Daily greens is a superfood drink powder that contains farm fresh greens, wholesome fruits and veggies, and nutrient rich superfoods. I make a daily detox drink with them and it gives me loads of energy, helps my digestion, and controls my cravings.
Drink Half your Body Weight in Ounces a Day
Water is such an important part of staying healthy and losing weight. If we’re dehydrated (which most people are, most of the time), it can send confusing signals to our brains and make us think we’re hungry. Staying hydrated in good for your skin, helps with digestion, helps control your appetite, and more. My best recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day.
Try Sole Water
Sole water is another easy addition to your day that can reap many benefits. Sole water is water that is saturated with mineral salt. You can learn how to make sole water, how it should be consumed, and read about its benefits here!
Invest in Cute Workout Clothes
Nothing motivates me for a workout more than cute workout clothes. If I feel good, it energizes me and makes me want to crush my workout. If I’m wearing old sweat pants and my husband’s t-shirt, I tend to act as frumpy as I look. Investing in cute workout clothes can make a huge impact on your willingness to go to the gym or even to get in a good workout at home. You can find some of my favorite workout gear here!
Make Working Out Convenient
Convenience is everything when you lead a busy lifestyle. One of the biggest reasons people put on weight in the first place is because they’re busy and tend to take the easy and convenient route. Try finding an app that lets you workout anywhere (I love the virtual gym that comes with FASTer Way to Fat Loss). If you have kids, join a gym that offers childcare. Find a gym that has flexible hours and is close to work or home. Find a workout routine that can be done in your living room. Whatever will make working out more convenient, do it!
Make your Workouts Short and Sweet
It took me a long time to learn this, but the truth is, you don’t need a to do long, crazy intense workouts to lose weight and get healthy. A short workout four times a week is better than a long workout once a week (because you can’t ever find the time). Find workouts that get straight to the point and can be accomplished within 30 minutes or less. Schedule your workouts into your day, or they aren’t going to happen. When you know you only have to commit to 30 minutes, you’re far more likely to stick to your routine and get that workout in. I absolutely love the virtual gym that comes with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. It has workouts that you can do at home or at the gym, and they can all be accomplished in about 30 minutes!
Don’t Give Up After One Bad Day
We all have bad days when it comes to diet and exercise. Those bad days make it so easy to want to throw in the towel and give up altogether. In reality, one bad day isn’t a big deal. It’s not going to make you pack on all the weight you lost and it’s not going to stunt your progress. However, if you let that bad day turn into a bad week, and then a bad month, then you have a problem. If you have a bad day, let it but just that… a bad day. Wake up the next day and start again fresh!
I hope these weight loss tips and tricks give you some new ideas for jump starting a healthier lifestyle. If you’re looking for a little more guidance, I encourage you to join me for the next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss where I’ll be your personal coach and guide you through cutting edge fat loss strategies that can change your life (check out some client success stories here). Registration is currently open for the next round.