Have you already made a promise to yourself to trim down and lose weight? And how many times did you fail and only to find out that you are back with the old lifestyle? There is no shame in this, though. Losing weight is really a hard thing to do. But with determination and dedication, it is possible to shed extra pounds. Of course, with some helpful tips, you should be able to achieve that desired weight of yours.
1. Build a Much Better Breakfast
It holds true that all meals are important, but breakfast is perhaps the most crucial of all. It basically helps you jumpstart your day right. But if you want a breakfast that truly satisfies you, try to eat between 400 and 500 calories. Make this your everyday morning meal and you will effectively stave off cravings later. Try to include a good source of lean protein and filling fat, too, such as the ones below:
- Nut Butter
- Unsweetened Yogurt
2. Forget About Working Out
Believe it or not, forgetting about the idea of working out could be a great way to lose weight. You see, the term “exercise” inspires you to indulge in creative avoidance, which, at the end, you avoid. The trick to actually enjoying a great workout is to never call it a workout in the first place. It is all about having a good mindset that actually encourages you to exercise, not to create excuses. Besides, you do not need to do the heavy lifting just so you can lose weight. There a plethora of activities that either burn calories or invigorate muscles. These are the following:
- Riding Bikes
- Playing Frisbee
3. Limit Salt Consumption
Like most people, you are also fond of eating snacks or any food that contains high amount of salt. But, as much as possible, limit your consumption to at least 140 mg (or less) per serving. So, if you are really in need of snacks, you can follow this guideline to stay healthy and lose weight.
4. Throw Away All Sugary Beverages
Ah, the plain and simple pleasure of life. There is no doubt sugary beverages are a nice way to stay cool. It is easily one of the best temptations of life. Unfortunately, it is not healthy and, more importantly, do not help in losing weight. They actually do more harm than good. Just like food, you also have to limit your liquid intake, especially the likes of sodas and other sugary beverages. If you continue to consume these each day, you are likely to intake more or less 800 calories. And worst, you would still feel hungry at nighttime.
5. Go Walking
Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay fit. It is super easy and it does not strain you whatsoever. In fact, a five-minute walk is enough to burn hundreds of calories. If your neighborhood does not have any sidewalks (but seriously, no sidewalks?), you can try these to slip more steps each day:
- Park your car away from your intended location.
- Enjoy your office breaks with a daily routine of walking.
- Get off the bus a few more stops earlier, so you could walk.
- If there are stairs, take them instead of elevators or escalators.
- Sign up for any kind of charity walks.
As you can see, there are various ways for you to indulge in walking. You just have to find a way to get there. Above all, you need to give yourself a little push. C’mon!
6. Just Be Patient
While all the aforementioned tips are guaranteed to help you lose some weight, they can be useless if you do not exercise (pun not intended) patience. Just remember that cultivating a healthy lifestyle is not an overnight process, let alone maintain it for the rest of your life. It simply gets easier over time and there is nothing you can do to make it fast. As you encourage yourself to shred pounds, be patient. Work your way to the top and do not be intimated. If you feel like giving up, take a breath and rest. If you think you need to stop for now and do it tomorrow, then so be it. It is better to acknowledge what you are capable of. Again, you just need a little patience.