|Exercise & Eat Right! on Jun 27, 2013 @ 10:46 am|
There's really no trick to losing weight, except that you have to put out more calories than you take in. Find a website online that calculates how many calories you burn in an average day (just by waking up and living), and then put less calories than that into your body.
There's two main things: exercising and eating right.
Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week, whether it's a serious workout (like jogging or spin class) or just a long walk in the afternoon. Also, try to be more active in general; there's tons of great tricks to burn more calories in your average day. Find the farthest parking spot at work or the mall, walk or bike to the store instead of driving, try to break a sweat when cleaning your house etc. The little things add up big time, so just keep this in mind whenever you do something.
Eating right is also very important. Good for you for not wanting a fad diet, because they never work. Throw out all your packaged foods right now! No junk food, and cut out fast food entirely if you can. Try to eat whole, fresh foods like vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. Cook everything yourself so you know exactly what's going into your meals, and eat balanced portions. I find it really helps if I plan my meals ahead of time, that way it's easy to track how many calories you're consuming in a day and it'll also keep you from getting super hungry and then grabbing McDonalds last-minute.
A few more tips:
- watch those little 'snacks' throughout the day; every little handful of chips or that one cookie at the office can really add up! Instead keep healthy snacks around you (like yogurt, fresh fruit, or almonds) to curb hunger until your next meal
- don't eat before bed! the food just sits in your stomach all night and can slow your metabolism
- drink TONS of water; it will keep you full longer, and does so many amazing things for your body. I always chug a full glass of water before I have any meal, because it makes me way fuller
- eat until satiety, and then stop. I have a bad habit of 'needing' to finish everything on my plate, so now I take really small portions of everything and only if i'm done and am still actually hungry do I go back for seconds
- always ask yourself "am I actually hungry, or am I just bored?" before you eat; you'll be surprised at how often you're just lacking something to do. Try going for a walk when you find yourself in this situation; it will keep you busy and burn calories
And finally, don't be so hard on yourself. Losing weight takes time. Nothing is going to happen overnight, so try and track your progress in a journal so you can see the changes and won't get discouraged. I try not to use numbers, but rather how I feel and how my clothes fit. If I feel great, I don't care what a number on the scale says! Also, it's okay to slip once in a while...if you allow yourself a piece of cake every now and again, you'll be more encouraged to get on the treadmill the next day. Overall it's a lifestyle change, but you'll be surprised at how easy it is to maintain once you've started, and how much better you feel. Good luck! :)
|Agree on Jun 27, 2013 @ 03:00 pm|
There are a lot of things out there but what it comes down to is exercising and eating habits. To lose one pound you have to shed 3500 calories - either through eating less and/or exercising. And it does take time. If you work at it you should lose up to 2 lbs a week. Anything more than that is dangerous. I'm trying to lose weight now and I've lost about 1 lb a week through a combination of exercising and just watching what I eat.
All the suggestions LissaG gave are great! For exercising I think it's just doing something that you like. Some people like going to the gym, some like going to aerobics classes, some like certain sports, some dance. Just find something that you like and keep with it. I've done a lot of those programs like P90X, Insanity and Turbofire and those are good programs that really tell you what to do in terms of exercising and nutrition.
Watching what you eat isn't necessarily a "diet" but just be conscious to eat healthier. For example, I have a larger portion of veggies with my meals and I always eat them first. That way if I get full I'm not eating the other stuff. I'm starting to try these "green smoothies", not sure how that'll work out yet but it's a large dose of veggies and fruits and it's filling. When I go out to eat I'll get a side salad instead of fries. Instead of a late night snack of cookies, chocolate or chips I know I usually want something sweet so I'll eat a sweet fruit like pineapple.
It takes some trial and error but you'll figure it out eventually. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm not a personal trainer or anything but I've done a lot of work on this to figure out what works for me.
|Thanks indeed on May 26, 2014 @ 08:45 am|
Lissa G.... very informative indeed, thanks for your keen reply.
|21 Day Fix worked for me! on May 26, 2014 @ 09:05 am|
I started 21-day fix a couple months ago. It is a "bandwagon" new exercise and healthy eating regiment, so I was cautious not to be too sucked in. However, it worked really well! I dropped 10 pounds without starving myself. I supplemented breakfast with a shake, and then ate 6 small meals a day. Portion control worked great. I should note that I am not a coach nor did I continue to purchase Shakeology after the 21 days were over. I did however continue with the better eating habits, and also now use Vega shakes (vanilla chai) in the morning.
You can purchase the videos separate, and the containers you can buy on Amazon from the looks of it. Looking back, this is the route I would have gone. The full program can get pretty pricey.
Hope that helps!
|Turbo Fire on May 27, 2014 @ 12:18 pm|
I hate boring weight training or resistance band training work outs! try turbo fire its a fast paced cardio kick boxing at home workout program!!
also just eat clean! nothing processed, just all natural things that come from the ground and not from a box
|simple plan.. :) on May 29, 2014 @ 02:20 am|
Do regular walk, after a week convert it to jogging... after a month convert it to running... thats all it takes...!
|this is what i do to loos a little on May 29, 2014 @ 09:40 am|
try halibut or salmon 2 times a week, small portions, no breads, citrus fruits and green veggies daily and lots of water.... Oh and moving instead of sitting always works
|Honestly.... on May 29, 2014 @ 10:57 am|
Eat healthy and exercise daily. That is the best way to get fit and lose weight.
|how to lose weight on May 29, 2014 @ 04:41 pm|
Eat healthy colorful fresh foods and exercise
|The DO Diet on May 31, 2014 @ 05:51 pm|
The magazine Chatelaine started this great idea of a do instead of don't diet, it is quiet simple but I love the positive aspects of it. Nothing about says don't do this or that. Instead it offers alternatives to DO, that help change your lifestyle and loose weight that is tailored to you. If you don't get the magazine, just look it up online. They offer different things each month from food choices to exercise.
Good luck and have a great summer.