Are you starting your weight loss journey? If so, I want to make things a little simpler for you by coming up with a guide you can use on your weight loss journey, so if you’ve been having a hard time losing weight or you don’t know where to start then this is for you. Here are some weight loss tips:
Create a calorie deficit – In order to lose weight you must be in a deficit, meaning you burn more calories than you consume.
Set realistic goals – Stay away form goals like trying to lose 20 pounds in a month. This kind of goal is unrealistic and can discourage you if you don’t reach that goal. Aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Develop a healthy relationship with food – If you want to lose weight then having a healthy relationship with food is key to reaching your goals. Your food choices help create that deficit. A rule I like to share with my clients is the 80/20 rule. 80% of your diet from nutritious food and 20% whatever food you want.
Track – Tracking is a good way to stay on top of your nutrition and make sure you’re in a deficit. You can use an app like MyFitnessPal.
Drink plenty of water- Believe it or not, if you don’t drink enough water then you will retain it. Retaining water can cause the scale to go up so make sure you drink plenty of water.
Get plenty of sleep – Not getting enough sleep can cause you to be tired during the day which lessens your desire to exercise. Also if you’re not sleeping at night you might be tempted for some late-night snacking.
Keep stress levels down– When stress levels are high it can increase the level of cortisol. Cortisol can cause you to retain water which could cause the scale to go up.
Move your body – Walk the dog, dance, play a sport, or hit the gym. Whatever you do just get your body moving.
Applying these tips should start you on the right path towards reaching your weight loss goals. I know things might get challenging at times but if you’re consistent and consider some of these tips then you will increase your chances of reaching your goals. Good luck to you and remember to enjoy the journey.