My most asked about topic seems to be weight loss and healthy living advice. I don’t diet because to me a diet is something you stop doing once you have reached your goal and will likely gain back. Living a consistent healthy life will keep the weight off long term and affect your body, mind and soul in so many positive ways. Love the body you have and treat it right because it is your vessel to get through life. Below I have compiled my tips for weight loss and overall health.
- Drink 500 ml of water when waking up before eating or drinking anything else. You are waking up dehydrated and need to fuel your body with water and a healthy breakfast. Drinking before a meal can help you with portion control because you are already full from all the water you just drank.
- Throw out the crap in your fridge and cupboards. Only keep fresh healthy ingredients on hand so you can’t in a moment of weakness go grab the crap in your cupboard. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Walk! Move your body. Walk as many days a week as you can. It’s an easy way to lose weight and burn calories. Meet up with a friend or push your kids in the stroller so you are doing it for enjoyment. Fresh air is good for your body and mind.
- Start your health or weight loss journey for the right reasons. If it’s not a solid reason you are going to be less likely to stick to it long term. Your reasoning needs to be about you and not doing it for someone else.
- Have a friend or family member keep you accountable. Tell them your goals and they can let you know if they see you are slipping. There will be hard times on your journey and you need someone to be there for you.
- Love what you do. Find a class, workout program or active hobby you enjoy doing. If you hate or dread your workout you will not be able to stick to it long term.
- Cut the crap, eat real food. Eat food that isn’t processed or doesn’t need a label. Eating right is the key to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. You are what you eat.
- Don’t count calories. From my own experience I don’t recommend counting calories. It left me feeling guilty when I ate over my daily macros or calories. I couldn’t enjoy social outings because I didn’t no how many calories were in what I was eating. Don’t let the amount of calories you eat define you. You should not have anxiety about what you eat.
- The number on the scale is just a number. Don’t base your health off of a number. You can be any weight and be fit and healthy if you are taking care of your body.
- Staying consistent with your nutrition and activity. One bad meal won’t undo your progress if you are consistent. One good meal wont make you fit or healthy if you haven’t been consistent.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. No body is the same, no metabolism is the same. Learn to the love the body you have.
- Do something for yourself. I recommend 30 minutes of yoga or meditation once a week to enjoy some peace and quiet, reflect on the week and relax. Go to a class or follow a yoga class or guided meditation on YouTube.