I was talking to one of my friends the other day, who was a bit down because she had gained back a lot of the weight that she had recently worked so hard to lose. When I told her the reason that this likely happened though, she didn’t believe me. Fad diets don’t work! I told her. You need to make a lifestyle change.
This idea didn’t seem to thrill her all that much, but she was at least willing to give it the old team try. The first step was cleansing her mind of the dependency that she had developed on fad dieting. These fad diets are everywhere these days, but whether they involve eating nothing but baby food, cabbage soup, avoiding carbs or swearing off all processed foods, few have any long-term effects. Which leads me to our ever-so-obvious point (or at least it should be) that if you want to accomplish long-term weight loss and healthier living… you need to make a lifestyle change. Period. There is no getting around this truth.
But the happy side to this truth is that you can do things to fast track your weight loss and not even realize that you are making such a huge difference to your lifestyle! Try these 5 easy everyday tips, and you will be setting yourself up for success!
Eat more meals, but make them smaller: if you try to consume five or six smaller meals throughout the day instead of the standard two or three, you will keep your metabolism running on high all day long… meaning that you will lose more weight when you aren’t even working out. Frequent snacking is the key (by this, we mean that you should make two or three of your daily “meals” healthy snacks like veggies or fruit). This will help you maintain your weight or drop a few of those extra pounds that have seemed to be stuck for too long
- Every day after dinner, go for a walk with your family: one set of my grandparents live up in Gravenhurst (just north of Barrie). They are two of the most fit people I know, and it’s all due to the fact that they go for not just one, but more like four or five (long) walks each and every day. It’s a great idea – try to make a habit of taking a daily stroll after dinner with your family. It will help you unwind, get fit and spend a little time together
- Drink more water: did you know that you should aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water every day? So let’s say that you weigh 120 lbs. that means that you should aim for at least 60 oz. of water daily or more. It’s easier than you think, just start by carrying around a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day and sip as you go along
- Taste the rainbow: not the Lucky Charms kind though! Eating a variety of colourful produce will provide an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will nourish your body. Many of these cannot be effectively duplicated in supplements or multivitamins, so you need to get them straight from the source. Each colour contains its own nutrients: Red has lycopene and anthocyanins, orange has vitamin C, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids, yellow has nutrients that promote good digestion and optimal brain function, green has lutein and indoles, blue and purple have antioxidants and anti-aging properties, and white has nutrients that increase immunity
- Lift weights: sstudies have shown that women who lifted weights managed to lose 40% more body fat than those who didn’t. According to Women’s Health magazine, “other research on dieters who don’t lift shows that, on average, 75 percent of their weight loss is from fat, while 25 percent is from muscle. Muscle loss may drop your scale weight, but it doesn’t improve your reflection in the mirror and it makes you more likely to gain back the flab you lost.” It’s simple: if you lift, you will burn more calories. Period.
It’s easier than you think…
Following these guidelines and aiming to live clean, work out and drink lots of water will work every time if yous mission is to lose weight. This works across the board, for everyone. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Heroic Health & Well-Being and we will help you out!