Losing weight isn’t a mystery, at least it doesn’t have to be. It’s not magic. It’s science. Sure, there are some things the speed that science along, but you most likely don’t need those things. There are some simple life changes that you can make to start losing weight.
This one seems obvious, but it’s very true. You might be surprised at just how much you are putting into your mouth. Try this experiment: write down everything you put in your mouth for a week. If you bite it, write it. This act alone will help you to be more mindful of what you eat, which will lead to eating less. If you are doing an intense workout routine, you may actually need to eat more to lose weight and keep your body from going into starvation mode.
Again, obvious. Dieting along will probably not give you your desired results. Start slow if you haven’t been working out before. You don’t need to spend money on a gym membership or equipment. You can get moving by going on walks or finding ideas for workout routines online. Hulu offers many free workout videos, or you can buy some here
from Amazon. Another thing that worked for me was using my Wii. There are games like Nike+ Kinect Training
or EA Sports Active 2
. I haven’t used Nike+ yet but it is the next purchase on my list. It looks awesome. I have used EA Sports Active 2 and it is a good workout. I used it quite a bit to lose weight after I had my first baby. Start by working out 20 minutes a day three times a week. Even that little amount will help you on your weight loss goal.
Buy Good Food
If you have tons of junk food in your cabinets, you are much more likely to eat junk food. Buy produce, and lots of it. Buy the stuff you love, because even if the only thing you’ll eat is grapes, it’s better than the junk you used to eat. Wash the produce right away and keep some of it out so you can access it easily.
I don’t know about you guys, but when I’m tired, I tend to make bad choices. My willpower goes down the drain. I also have less energy when I don’t sleep well, so my workouts don’t go well. That leads to fewer calories burned and less weight lost.
Get your family on board
This one might be one of the most important tips I can give you. Losing weight is hard. You need support. A supportive spouse or child can make a huge difference, especially with the eating part of things. It’s really hard to keep to a diet when your spouse is eating cake and ice cream every night.
Losing weight is hard. Don’t get discouraged. You will notice changes if you stick to it. Think about it this way: you know that if you don’t change things, you aren’t going to lose weight. So, what are you waiting for? Get off the couch and get going!