Hey guys, welcome back. Can you believe it’s already August? Neither can I. One month until I’m a high school freshman (!!!). Anyway, as you know I’ve been trying to lose weight for the past, ummmmm, 5 years or so. Yeah, ever since I first started gaining a ton of weight in like 3rd grade I’ve been trying to lose it.
And this time I’m finally making an actual good effort to do so. I’ve lost 10 pounds in about 2 and a half months or so. Which I’m pretty proud of considering my metabolism is no doubt running at a snails pace by now and I’ve got a condition, from being overweight, that makes it harder to lose weight (how unfair right?).
But, as I know that people are constantly trying to lose weight and get healthy, I thought I’d share the things that helped me get started. Of course, I do have quite a ways to go but now that I’ve started and I’m so used to this, I don’t think it’ll be too hard to continue.
These are literally so simple. It’s surprisingly very easy to do.
Quick disclaimer: this is what works for me and my body. It may not be what works for you. There’s no harm in trying, all of these things are good for you and in no way harmful. If you really are struggling to lose weight, your doctor can probably help you out.
1. Be mindful of emotional eating and only eat when you’re hungry
It’s really common to eat out of pure boredom, or stress, sadness, etc. But if you’re trying to lose weight, this is something you should definitely avoid doing. When you’re rummaging through your kitchen, take a moment to pause and ask yourself if you really are hungry. If the answer is no, leave the kitchen. Go put on your favorite show or listen to some music.
2. Drink more water.
Yeah, I know you’ve heard this literally everywhere and “oh but I don’t like the taste of water, it’s so boring”. But, seriously it works. And it works so well. Water is the number one remover of fat from your body. Number one! And in addition to that, it basically solves all your other problems too. Acne? Water. Dry hair and skin? Water. Weak hair and nails? Water. Chronic fatigue no matter how much sleep you get? Water. Sure, at first you will need to use the bathroom every half hour but after a little while, your body does adjust. So stay hydrated.
3. Try to do SOME form of movement every day.
Even if you don’t have the time or energy for a full workout, try to do something that gets your heart rate up every day. A brisk walk around your neighborhood, dancing to your favorite song, playing with your dog until you’re both laying on the floor panting, and so on.
4. Set goals
How much weight do you want to lose? What’s your ideal weight? If you have a specific goal in mind, it’s way easier to get started trying to achieve it. Also break big goals into smaller ones. Want to lose, let’s say fifteen pounds? Start with losing five.
5. Don’t weigh yourself everyday
Your weight naturally varies day to day. You will get so frustrated if you’re constantly micromanaging your weight and basically glued to your scale. I weight myself once a week (usually Friday). In addition to your weight, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on your BMI. Your BMI (body mass index) is basically the way your height and weight are related, if you’re at a healthy weight in comparison to your height. It’s important to make sure that you don’t lose too much and end up in the underweight category and is also a good way to tell if you should even be trying to lose weight in the first place. If you type in “BMI chart” or “BMI calculator” to google you’ll be able to figure it out really easily.
6. Stop counting calories
This was one of the hardest and scariest things for me to do. I’d always, always been told that if you’re trying to lose weight, you should count calories. But really, as long as you’re eating the right foods, it’ll be very hard for you to have too many calories. As long as you eat when you’re feeling hungry and stop when you’re feeling full you’ll be fine.
7. Fruits and Vegetables
I know, now I sound like your parents, but it’s true. Fruits and vegetables are packed full of literally almost everything your body needs.
8. Don’t just do cardio
Add in some core workouts, arms, legs, etc. That said…
9. Vary your workouts
If every day you go on a 20 minute run, and then do sit-ups, squats, and push ups, you’re going to get very bored very fast and probably give up. So switch things up, go on a bike ride or go for a swim. YouTube is a great place to find all types of interesting workouts as well
10. It’s okay to slip up
You’ll have days when you don’t feel like working out. Or days when you consume all the sweet things you can get your hands on. And that’s okay. Realistically, you cannot cut out all “junk-food”. You and I both know that you’d give up on your diet in 2 days. So don’t feel too bad about that cookie or glass of iced tea. As long as you don’t make it a regular thing, you’ll be fine.
There you go! I hope you enjoyed and I hope this helps you out. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day or night.
See ya soon!!!