Are you waiting for the right time and the perfect program to help you get serious about losing weight and getting into shape?I have a sad reality for you; there will never come a day for these to become true. You are responsible for getting started and creating the environment and structure to succeed.
Nobody else can do this for you.
No amount of money will make you healthy and thinner.
Although, you can learn as much as possible in order to succeed; based on other people’s results and successes and that of proven studies. The “secret” for you is all in the trial and error for your life and your body. We are all created with different challenges, body types, metabolisms, hereditary background, habits, and more. What worked for your favorite celebrity doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you.
But how will you know?
By trying it out, of course! If something doesn’t work as effectively for you; you cross that off your list and move to the next alternative. Failure doesn’t mean you stop and sulk. It means you learn from what didn’t work and apply that to the next trial. Failure is success. Success comes from failure.
So where do you start?
I have some weight loss tips that I share with my clients and use for myself that will help you get started. Here they are:
1. Eat “bulk” foods to slim down. Choosing bulkier foods such as fruits, veggies, soups and salads will obviously fill you up without adding lots of extra calories. These foods are filled with fiber and water as opposed to sugar-rich and calorie dense choices. Studies have shown that our hunger tends to be satisfied by eating a certain volume of food (4-5 pounds per day) rather than the amount of calories per meal. Eating more bulky foods will help curb your hunger and help you lose weight faster.
2. Smarter Snacking. When you start a new weight loss plan, cravings can kill your results immediately. Right? When you are craving fat-rich or calorie-rich foods, try and find a lower calorie food to pair it with. For example, when you crave potato chips, eat it with healthy, fresh salsa. This is a low fat alternative and will help to fill you up. The good news is, as your body gets accustomed to eating nutritious foods, your body will be satisfied and your sugar cravings will diminish. This is extremely crucial to long term weight loss.
3. Eat Breakfast HOT! Hot cooked cereals, such as oatmeal, have only a fraction of the calories that dried cereals have. Hot cereal packs around 300 calories per pound; and dry cereals can contain between 1,400 to 2,000 calories per pound!! Quite a difference, wouldn’t you say? Hot cereal is also more filling and can be a nutritious start to your day.
4. Eat Your Salad First! Studies have found that people who eat veggies first (before eating their main course), ate fewer calories overall, than those who did not eat a first-course salad. The secret is to also make sure to limit your salad dressing calories and choosing lower fat/lower calorie options for best results. Rule of thumb; more creamy = more calories and fattening!
5. Don’t Drink Your Calories. Calories from juices, sodas and alcohol are a lot more fattening and not at all filling. You won’t believe how many calories you can drink before you even comprehend them. Eat your calories instead and stick to lemon-infused water and club sodas as your choice of drinks. Surprise fact: The calories in an 8-oz glass of orange juice is equivalent to eating 4 oranges.
6. Choose Pastas Instead of Pizzas. Pizza dough is quite dense in calories and can contain around 1,250 calories per pound. This doesn’t even include the cheese, sauces or other toppings. Pasta is a better option when choosing Italian foods. A typical pasta dish, including the sauce and veggies will take you down to about 600-700 calories per pound.
7. Eat More Veggies!! When dining out, always ask for extra veggies. This is such a great strategy for weight loss since it will help you fill up on the veggies instead of the dangerous bread basket and butter (or other unhealthy options) that are usually placed on the table when you are hungry. Ask to skip the bread basket so you won’t be tempted to have “just one slice”.
8. Exercise Every Day. Studies have shown that those who are committed to daily physical exercise are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off. If you burn at least 300 extra calories each day (equal to a 3 mile walk) and don’t add more calories to your existing diet, you could lose 30 pounds per year!!! Easy and good for you. 🙂
9. Take The Furthest Parking Space. Every step counts in your success. Stop stressing about finding the closest spot in the parking lot and just park where nobody cares to anyway. Same thing applies to taking the stairs over the elevator or escalator. Spend as little as 10 minutes each day walking up and down stairs and you could lose as much as 10 pounds by the end of the year.
10. Pump Iron!! Weight lifting is crucial to your success. It not only burns calories but will increase your metabolism over time. This means your body will burn energy at a faster rate and will not put fat on as quickly. Weight bearing exercises will also help to maintain and increase bone density; which is super important in preventing osteoporosis! Find at least 15 minutes each day to perform strength training work.
These tips and more can be yours’ by signing up for one of my online support groups. For every new challenger who signs up through me, I will send out a FREE E-book regarding weight loss, extra workouts, tips for traveling and vacations, and more.
Are you ready to succeed now?