Sometimes when we are trying to lose weight or just be healthier it takes a whole makeover of our lives. I want to share the tips and things I did that helped not only get the weight off but, changed the way I thought and viewed health, fitness and food.
1. Read Ingredients
Obviously this is probably a given. But, honestly a lot of people don’t even think about reading ingredients. The first thing they usually look at is, the fat, carbs and calorie contents. When I started paying attention to the list of ingredients more than just the nutritional facts, I noticed I started eating cleaner and eating less and less foods with processed ingredients and chemicals.
2. Track Your Meals/Snacks
When I say track your food I don’t necessarily mean your calories. You can of course track your micronutrients, and of course you will lose weight. But, actually by just keeping a food journal and writing down what you eat helps keep you accountable. It also keeps your mind on the types of foods you are putting in your body.
3. Drink More Water
We all know we should drink a lot of water throughout the day. But, most of us don’t get enough. I found by keeping a Brita pitcher in the fridge and a reusable water bottle on hand, helps keep me constantly drinking water. If you find water too boring you cam add all kinds of things to your water. I like lemon slices and mint leaves. But any kind of fruit is really good in water!
4. Replace Processed Snacks
This is obviously a given. However, some people see those 100 calorie snacks and think they make a healthy snack option. Like I said before, read the ingredients! Those snack are nothing but empty calories( meaning they have no nutrtional value) Opt for homemade snacks or snacks with real ingredients. There are a lot more options out there now than there used to be. One of my favorites are RX Bars. Super delicious and great if you have a sweet tooth. And of course it’s always better to go for stand alone ingredient snacks, like fruit, nuts, seeds or veggies.
5. Get More Organized
This is a big one for me. I am an extreme planner and scheduled person. Planning meals has definitely helped with making healthier food choices. When you plan what your meals are going to be, you are less likely to slip up and grab fast food for your meals. Meal prepping as well as planning is a great way to stay on track. Prepping some foods you can eat throughout the week is always a good idea. I set aside one day a week for food prep. Also making a list when you go to the grocery store will keep you from buying added junk you don’t need.
6. Find A Workout You Enjoy
The exercise aspect of health and weight loss was never an issue for me. I love fitness! But, I know A lot of people struggle with the fitness aspect. That’s why I think it’s important to find a workout regimen you really enjoy. Research different types of exercise. You can go on YouTube and find just about anything. Exercise is about more than just looking good. Being active is important for your health.
7. Plan A Workout Schedule
Just like your food prep, planning your workout schedule is a big helper on keeping you accountable. By planning or writing it down, you are less likely to forget about it. Put the schedule up on your fridge or on a board where you can always see it. Also putting a reminder on your phone helps too.
These are tips and tricks I’ve used to help me stay focused and on track. I know it may seem tedious but, it works.
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