With all of the information out there on the web, it can be daunting trying to lose weight. Do you eat carbs? Do you not eat carbs? Should you weigh yourself every day or never step on a scale? It seems like there’s so much information that just contradicts itself. To help with your weight loss journey (new year, new you) I thought it would be important to boil everything down to 5 tips that have helped me.
Keep in mind that I am not a doctor. If you’re planning on starting a weight loss journey, please talk to your physician. They’ll be able to help set you up with the best plan for you.
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- Cook at home as much as possible. It is impossible to know how many calories are in food when you eat out. Even restaurants that have nutritional information on their websites can be way off. The best you can do is guesstimate and leave fate in the hands of the chef. Help yourself be as accurate as possible by cooking at home. The library is full of healthy cookbooks that make it as easy as can be. Now you’ll know exactly how much of each ingredient goes into your meal.
- Weigh everything. When I started my weight loss journey, the first thing I learned was to purchase a scale and measure everything out by weight. I know that servings are also listed by cups on a lot of nutritional info labels, but you would be shocked to see the difference not only between different measuring cups but between what you get in that cup and what it actually weighs. All of those calories can quickly add up and severely hinder your weight loss journey. Looking to purchase one? This one from Amazon would work perfectly!
- Don’t let the scale define you. Weight loss is not linear. There are going to be days when you lose and days when you gain. The important thing is that you recognize this and you don’t let it derail you. I weigh myself every day – mostly to make sure nothing crazy is going on. But if I don’t lose every single day, I don’t let that bother me. There are a ton of different factors that can cause your body to retain water and lead to a larger number on the scale. Just make sure you continue working hard and eating correctly and you’ll soon see the scale head in the correct direction.
- Find substitutes for your favorite foods. There’s no better time than now to try and find a healthy substitute for a favorite meal or snack. Whether it’s zucchini in place of pasta, cauliflower in place of a pizza crust, or (my all-time favorite) powdered peanut butter, everywhere you look you see people taking classic comfort foods and creating healthier alternatives.
- Don’t cut yourself off cold turkey. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, you want to set yourself up for success. You want to look at this weight loss as a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Immediately cutting out all your favorites isn’t sustainable. Are you never going to eat tacos or cheese fries ever again? Probably not. As long as you can work them into your calories, you shouldn’t have to miss out.
They say that 80% of resolutions fail by February. Help beat the odds by sticking to your goals and making them become reality. I know you can do it!
Do you have any weight loss tips?