I know slimming down isn’t easy—it takes time and commitment to reach any weight-loss goals. That said, it’s definitely not impossible. I’ve scoured the net and found these totally doable weight-loss tips – mostly from women who have had real-life success. If those tips worked for them, it could definitely work for you and me. Let’s give them a try.
1. Hire a professional trainer
Going into the weight room for the first time can be scary, yes, but most people are thrilled to help you, especially professional trainers. Yes, they do cost some money, but they keep you focused and on track with your progress. Money well spent, if you ask me!
2. There’s no better time than now to start
Today is the right time to make a change. Don’t wait for when you have ‘more’ time, you’re on vacation or a day off. Remember as days go by, you have less time left. But remember, it’s never too late—or too early—to begin leading a healthier lifestyle.
3. Do what you love
Whether it’s pole dancing or barre exercises, try different workouts or activities to learn what you like to do. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t keep up with it. Remember, it’s all about moving your body consistently.
4. Look up the menu before heading to a restaurant
Here’s one way to stick with your diet while eating out – look up restaurants’ nutritional info online before going out so you can choose wisely.
5. Plan your meals
This is from me – I got into the habit of prepping my meals and snacks on Sunday so that I’d be set with healthy food all week long. Additionally, it frees a lot of my time up with not thinking about what to make for meals, and I can spend more time with my children and husband.
6. Avoid temptation
Learn to kick temptation to the curb. Bring only one plate of food into the dining room. Serving meals family-style leads to eating more just because the food is in front of you. It is really simple but it works!
7. Eat more protein
Consume more protein at breakfast. A recent study found that protein helps keeps you satisfied for longer so you have no inclination to snack or binge eat during you next meal.
8. Lift weights
I’m sure you’ve heard this before – don’t be all about cardio all the time. Lift weights, and lift heavy ones. Replacing fat with muscle means you can burn more calories without even trying. If you’re not convinced, a recent study found that weight lifting can help you burn 40 percent more fat. Lean body + strength = what more can you ask for, you badass?
9. Get rid of that all-or-nothing mentality
If you fall off track and scarf down an unhealthy meal, that’s fine. Just remember to eat better the next meal—not the next day. Thinking you can “let yourself go” because you “already blew it” can seriously derail your weight-loss efforts.