We all wish we were a few pounds lighter when it comes time to weigh ourselves. Some of us even dread stepping on the scale for fear of what our weight actually is.
But weight loss shouldn’t be a scary thing and there are certainly ways around the bad habits that we have picked up that caused this weight gain. Below are some tips you can consider in order to hit those weight loss goals.
Prepare Meals In Advance
This is the easiest tip out there that a lot of people neglect.
Properly preparing meals for the next few days can help significantly in improving your life health wise. Take a Sunday night and cook up all the meals you need for the next few days. With this in mind make sure you got all your food groups covered in the meal plan as well.
Keep in mind this isn’t to deny the occasional treat. That being said, having your meals done in advance can help you significantly since it’s harder to justify ordering food when your meals are all prepared in advance.
Understand Your Macro Splits
Macros, short for macronutrients are actually foods from the following food groups: protein, fat, and carbs.
We all need these at some capacity in order for our metabolism to do its job effectively and efficiently. That being said each person has a specific macro split. Find the one that works best for you with the various calculators they have. Here’s one to consider:
Once you have them, write them down and keep them in mind when preparing meals.
Myfitnesspal is an app that tracks daily food. You’ll have to input the foods you are eating manually, however, there is a feature that allows you to input macro splits as well. Furthermore, you can track your weight loss as well.
All in all the app makes it easy to be mindful of what you are eating, how many calories you have had. Overall it’s a motivational tool to help you along the way.
This is a given of course, but seriously, devote time to exercising on a regular basis. Exercising alone has a variety of benefits to it such a losing and maintaining a health weight, but it also makes you feel good too.
This isn’t to say you should be spending hours in a gym. You can actually get away with some cardio and weight training.
Depending on your weight loss goals, most people can get away with 20 to 40 minutes of cardio on a daily basis. You can also consider strength building training as well. Furthermore, if you aren’t that big into running you can always consider a HIIT session. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training and it’s great for weight loss and building overall strength as well.
Overall HIIT training blasts away belly fat and is highly effective when followed regularly.
Furthermore, weight training as mentioned above is key as well since it can burn fat and build muscles as well. The internet has some fantastic workout sources for you to try out if you are on a budget.
Set Short Term Goals That Add Long-Term Results
For a lot of people, it’s easy for them to set big goals later on down the road. Some say they want to drop 50 pounds in 3 months. That’s all fine and dandy, however actually pulling that off is a whole other thing.
Instead what is smarter is for you to start setting small goals with that large goal as well. On the short-term consider setting a smaller goal but repeat that process from week to week and keep them realistic as well. On average, most people lose 3-4 pounds per week if they are working really hard. With this in mind, you can set more realistic levels of goals but still keep it a challenge for yourself.
For example, a good short term goal to aim for is drop say 7-10 pounds per month that can lead to a 20 or 30 pound loss in 3 or 4 months time.
At the end of the day you want to be realistic and if you are serious about the goal you’ll find ways to address the problems and make lifestyle changes.