Despite what you may think, weight loss isn’t actually that complex. It all comes down to two factors: how much energy is entering your system and how much energy is leaving your system. The trick for weight loss is to have more energy leaving your system than entering so your body has to go to its fat stores for that extra energy.
There are certain tips that can really help you manage both of these apart from the basic ‘exercise more and eat less.’ Unfortunately, that advice doesn’t really work as people don’t enjoy eating less nor moving more.
Firstly, the best tip is not to focus on weight loss but to focus on fat loss. Weight can come from anywhere: water, muscle, bone, etc. Whereas fat is the stuff that you actually want to be losing. Weight loss journeys tend to be extreme and dangerous, but fat loss is about making sustainable, healthy changes.
To make sure that you get in enough exercise you need to choose an activity you enjoy. If you don’t like going to the gym for the treadmill then try one of the classes. There are loads there that you can choose from. You just need to find something that you enjoy enough to do 3 or 4 times per week and gets your heart pumping.
Next, in terms of diet, you don’t need to think about eating less but eating smarter. Foods such as lean meats, vegetables, fibrous fruits, and natural produce will be far more filling than probably what you’re used to eating and will come at far less calories. Protein is extremely satiating so aim to have a fist full of protein at each meal. Swap any snacks for freshly cut vegetables and dip, too.
Lastly, make sure to drink lots of water. Many times people mistake hunger for thirst and end up eating when they don’t need to. A glass of water with each meal and one in between will mean that you’ll stay fully hydrated and on top of your nutrition.
The last piece of advice is simply to enjoy the journey. If you’re stressed out and worried about how you look then you’re far more likely to binge or overeat to help your emotions. Remember to breath, slow down, and assess any situations that are stressing you out so you know how to tackle them in the future. Don’t worry about what you did yesterday or are doing tomorrow; just focus on the present.