I recommend that you first watch my YouTube videos as I go over steps I took during my weight loss journey.
If you are expecting me to offer the quickest, fastest, easiest way to drop weight this isn't the blog for you. I do not offer shortcuts or try to give you information for short-term goals. It's a lifestyle change.
With that being said, IF there is one thing I hope I can encourage you to do is RESEARCH. There are so many FREE online resources out there that can help you get started. Make GOOGLE your best friend. Research every piece of information there is about health and make sure it's from credible sources.
Keep in mind: there are a lot of misinformation and bias out there. Do not believe everything you hear, even from professionals themselves. Always do your own research. Take advice from different sources and see what works best for you and your lifestyle.
Remember, this is your journey. The best investment you could ever make is on yourself, I'm sure you can afford it and if you think you can't, you'll end up paying more for it in the future.
Again, watch my Youtube video on top of reading the list down below. Cheers
- Set realistic goals and have a plan behind it.
- I advise you to not only set a plan for success but set a recovery plan for when you fail b/c it is most likely you'll have set backs and failures, but that's what makes it so beautiful. You live and you learn. Mistakes are proof that you're trying. Plus, don't feel pressured to get it perfect, but instead work towards improving yourself daily.
- Develop good healthy habits to replace bad habits. This one can be very difficult but extremely crucial during your transition phase into weight loss. Do not change too much things at once. It should be slowly and gradually. I would recommend that in the first week or month, you change one bad habit and develop a healthy one.
- For instance, if you drink a lot of soda/sugary drinks throughout the day, reduce and replace with water. You'll have to go at your own pace. Once you break one bad habit and get the hang of the new healthy habit, you can accelerate.
- Be Resilient by definition it means to be able to withstand or recover quickly when faced with difficult situations. I'm sure we all heard of that little nagging voice that pushes you to procrastinate, be lazy, and give up. When it reasons with you to screw your new lifestyle change, you have to fight back and pull out your "why" card. Why are you doing this weight loss? Who are you doing it for? Why is it important to you? NEVER GIVE UP.
- Document: make sure you record your journey on a journal, webcam, or on your phone. I can't stress how important it is to record it all. I kept a digital journal and a webcam diary of when I first started my transformation. There is power in organizing your thoughts on paper and it's eye opening to see yourself talk about your struggles and successes. Also, journaling is a great way to track your progress and habits.
Other helpful tips
- Eat slowly, it takes 20 minutes for your body to send out signals to your brain that it's full
- Drink a FULL glass of water first thing in the morning, before your meals, and a glass before bed. It kick starts your metabolism, helps you eat less, and it's good to be hydrated.
- Try to eat 5 times a day so that your blood sugar and insulin levels will be controlled and you'll have energy throughout the day.
- Do NOT starve yourself because doing so can slow down your metabolism or you could potentially damage your metabolism. Instead, eat snacks in between meals
- Reduce junk foods: chips, cookies, donuts, basically foods packed with preservatives BUT don't deprive yourself. If you're craving it or want it, make sure you read food label and consume the right portion size.
- Consume high fiber foods as it reduces cholesterol, lowers glycemic response in your meals and promotes efficient digestion. High fiber foods: I love are broccoli, sweet corn, potato with skin, brown rice, Quest Bars, and beans.
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol: causes bloating and there's a lot of empty calories.
- In most of your meals you should have a protein, carb, and fat, plus vegetable.
- Portion control. If you have to weigh or measure your food to know proper serving size, do it. Now, in one of my IG posts, I vent out about how I became a number slave, so be careful to not be obsessed over this. Anything too extreme is dangerous.
- Work out at your pace and find a workout that you love to do. Remember, it's a lifestyle change so you're going to have to find something you enjoy doing.
- For effective fat loss, look into HIIT training: High Intense Interval Training.
I hope those tips help. If you have any more questions fill free to email or comment down below. Cheers