Losing weight is easy right, eat less and exercise more. Unfortunately it’s not quite that easy. There are many other factors to take into consideration such as a lack of time, cravings, and or motivation for exercise. These things can make it really hard to follow these principles. And what if we don’t like spending hours upon hours in the gym? What then? Well, here are some tips that have worked great for us in the past, feel free to give them a try.
A few years ago, I didn’t even know what a food diary was meant to do. They are meant to get you into the mindset of losing weight and keep you accountable of everything you eat. You see if you are about to eat something that you shouldn’t be eating, you will realize that you will be writing this down in your food diary shortly and you will probably end up feeling pretty guilty that you ate that thing. Also, as you look back at the days of what you have been eating, you get a pretty quick feel of what you are doing right and what you’re doing wrong. We strongly recommend that if you are trying to lose weight, keep a food diary. It really works.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like going to the gym and spending hours there. Luckily these days there are other great options to spending hours in the gym. The first is high intensity training (HIT). If you haven’t already heard of HIT, it is basically pushing yourself as hard as you can go while running or riding a bike for example for only a very short time such as 20 seconds then taking short brakes. Then rinse and repeat. These workouts are generally a lot shorter than traditional workout and usually last only around 15 minutes in total.
I guess the key is to find an exercise that works for you and that you enjoy. If you prefer a group class, try Pilates or yoga. Or if you like to walk, run, ride, or swim, these are all good options too.
Don’t Self Sabotage
When trying to lose weight, we sometimes slip up and have some junk food. So just because you ate something you consider bad this morning doesn’t mean that your whole day is ruined. Instead of thinking, “oh well, I might as well eat junk food for the rest of the day and start my diet again tomorrow”, try to enjoy the junk food you ate, then eat an extra healthy lunch and dinner. You will feel much better about it.
Meditation And Deep Breathing
Did you know that when we are stressed, our bodies operates completely different to when we are relaxed? We digest food more effectively when the body is relaxed. So try and make sure that you trigger your relaxation response in your body before eating your next meal. This can help the way your body processes and reacts to the food you eat. A great way to do this is to take several deep breaths prior to eating your next meal. This has been shown to relax us and therefore turning off the stress response which can have impacts for holding onto those pesky fat stores. Also, daily meditation can help drastically to keeping you relaxed and helping you absorb your food more effectively.
Be Grateful For What You Have Already
We all have something to be grateful for, even if it is just our hands. This way we can focus on this thing that we like as opposed to the things we don’t like. This will help attract more of the things you want into your life and help you meet your weight loss goals. On the other hand, if we focus on something we don’t like about ourselves such as being overweight, we will attract more of that to ourselves.
It is important not to blame others for what we eat. Just because a colleague at work is having some junk food, doesn’t mean you should have some too. It is you who is responsible for your own health and the way you eat. Try weight loss shakes for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and some lean protein and salad or vegetables for dinner.