Many of you are asking how I lost weight, or what methods I use to diet and exercise. I’m gonna give you some general, simple tips that are common sense, but are easy to follow. They’re things that most people overlook, but losing weight will generally be ineffective if you follow crazy plans and crash diets.
1. I know my account is about dieting, but I actually believe in just the opposite. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It’s that simple. You need to change the way you live. You can’t depend on some 5 day cleanse or 2 week crash diet or some Kim Kardashian endorsed product to lose weight. Sure, you’ll lose weight temporarily, but the cravings will still be there, and you will most likely gain the weight back. So when you’re ready to change your whole lifestyle, that’s when you’re ready to actually lose weight and keep it off. Changing your lifestyle isn’t just about eating either. It’s about your attitude, your physical activity level, your sleeping patterns, your alcoholic choices, and your determination.
2. Just because something is low-calorie or low-fat, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. In other words, stay away from processed foods as much as you can. This means most frozen foods, white breads and pastas, and many packaged foods. I now believe in eating whole foods as much as I can, because they contain the most nutrients. The more processed it is, the less nutrients it has, and the more calories it generally has. You can’t ignore fruits and vegetables, no matter how much you might hate them. Make yourself like them, and include them in every meal. They are so low in calories it’s insane. You can eat a candy bar for 200 calories, or you can eat like an entire barrel of vegetables for 200 calories. You decide.
3. You need to work out. I know some people don’t and they still lose weight, but I believe that if you want to be toned, you can’t ignore exercise. I try to work out 4-5 days a week for at least 45 minutes a day. You can do way more if you want, but to be honest I am a full-time student and I have a full-time job so working out for more than an hour a day is next to impossible unless I don’t want to sleep. And when I say working out, I mean that you need to include cardio and strength training. Even if it’s 20 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes in the weight room, it needs to be done. Walking on the treadmill for 40 minutes is a sorry excuse for a workout, by the way. I mean, it’s better than nothing, but not really. Anyway, you need to include strength training if you really want to see yourself tone up, and you need to include cardio to complement the strength training. I promise I’m not lying.
4. Be careful what you drink. In a previous post, I went over some good choices for alcoholic drinks. Look at that post if you want. Alcohol is just empty calories, besides the fact that they’re the most fun calories I’ve ever consumed. You can still get drunk off a vodka club, so try choosing that over a Long Island Iced Tea. And try not to drink 7 days a week. That just ruins everything. I can’t tell you how much to drink, but I think more than 3 times a week is just way too much unless it’s your birthday. Then you’re allowed at least 8 (kidding, but not kidding).
5. Sleep. Sleep at least 7 hours a night if you can. When you’re asleep, you’re not eating. And when you’re not eating, you’re not gaining weight. Also, a lack of sleep slows down your metabolism, and we don’t want that.
6. Protein. Make it lean protein, like chicken, egg whites, sliced turkey breast, fish, beans, greek yogurt, turkey burgers, etc. And fried chicken doesn’t count. Focus on having a produce and a protein with every meal. My personal favorite is fish and asparagus.
7. Small meals. Eat many small meals a day. I try to eat 5 small meals a day, between 100-250 calories each. This is the key to my weight loss because I have never done this before, and when I started to 2 months ago, I lost the weight pretty fast. An example of what I might eat in a day is oatmeal for breakfast, an apple as a snack, egg whites and low-fat cheese on a sandwich thin for lunch, banana with peanut butter for a snack, fish and tilapia for dinner, and greek yogurt as a last snack.
8. Drink tons of water. Duh. Drink green tea and peppermint tea as well. Drink it plain or with a no calorie sweetener if you can. Treat yourself with honey and agave sometimes too. You need to stay hydrated.
9. Have a positive attitude. Don’t look in the mirror and feel like you’re a whale. Every day that you put the effort in, you’re one step closer to your goal. Don’t spend hours looking at models in magazines and crying over a pint of Ben and Jerry’s because you’re not as skinny as them. Get over it.
10. Take it one meal at a time, one workout at a time, one day at a time. There is not get rich quick scheme. There are no instant results. It takes time, motivation, willpower, and perseverance. It’s not gonna happen over night. But if you keep trying, eventually you will be where you want to be.
It’s honestly this simple. If you change your lifestyle, you’ll change your dress size.
Love you all.