Trying to lose weight isn’t easy but the most difficult part is starting your weight loss journey. Below are some useful tips to get you started.
Don’t skip breakfast
Skipping breakfast is not going to help you lose weight, you may be missing out on vital nutrients. Many people skip breakfast because they don’t feel hungry in the morning or don’t have time. You can try having a healthy smoothie or a protein shake which is easy and quick to have on the go. Having protein for breakfast will help keep you fuller for longer. Eating breakfast will help improve your mental performance and concentration and also puts you on the right track for eating healthy all day avoiding the mid-day slump.
Drink 3 litres of water a day
The benefits of drinking water are amazing, drinking 3 liters a day will keep you hydrated and clear any toxins inside your body.
- Will clear toxins
- Will give you glowing skin
- Will boost your immune system
- Can prevent headaches
- Will Increases mental performance
- Will aid in digestion and removes waste
- Can aid in weight loss
- Will fight kidney stones
Eat your meals on a smaller plate
Eating our meals on a smaller plate can help us to lose weight when we serve our food. Halving the plate size can help us reduce food consumption and can lead to eating less. If you put a small piece of food on a large plate your mind will tell you that you are eating a small portion and you will automatically put more food, however if you put the same piece of food on a small plate you mind will tell you that you are eating a large portion and you will stop adding food.
Exercise at least 3 times a week to see results
Ideally, you need to be exercising at least 3 times a week to see results. Try incorporating strength and Cardio during your training sessions and mix it up with some HIIT (high-intensity interval training) also don’t forget to include flexibility! A typical session should last between 45-60 minutes. Your gym week may vary slightly based on your goals and your schedule, but its all about having good fitness habits.
Increase your fiber intake
Increasing your fiber intake will help you to lose weight and can help in reducing blood pressure and inflammation. A diet rich in fiber can also help control your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Eating fruits and vegetables are low in calories and can be quite filling, they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals which are needed to keep you healthy. Try and eat five kinds of vegetables and two kinds of fruits a day for good health. When buying and serving fruits and vegetables, aim for a variety to get the most nutrients.
Read all food labels
Reading all food labels will help you to develop good habits when you go shopping and make some wise choices. Check for the amount of salt and added sugars on the back or the side of the packaging. Many labels are colour coded these days, Red means high, Amber means medium and Green means low.
Don’t keep junk food in your house
Not keeping junk food in your house will help you to make better healthier choices when it comes to achieving your goals. You won’t be tempted to reach out and grab that packet of crisps or chocolate bar if it’s not there in front of you. Learn to store healthy snacks and avoid buying junk food.
Cut out alcohol
Cutting out alcohol will help you to lose weight faster. Alcohol is full of calories so not drinking will make it easier to maintain a healthy weight. The key to losing weight is to burn more calories than you eat. Cutting out alcohol will help you sleep better, stay focused and have a positive impact on your appearance.
Plan weekly meals
Planning your weekly meals can help you control your weight as you decide on the ingredients and portion control. Imagine having a growling stomach and not much energy to shop and cook, you might end up eating the first thing that’s available to you or ordering a large takeaway meal. Now imagine a different scenario where within a few minutes you can have a delicious home cooked dinner and perhaps lunch for the next day. Planning is a great way to help us keep on track with our healthy eating. Plan your menu for the week and write out your grocery list, this can even help save you money.