New Year’s is when people start losing weight for spring break. Spring break has arrived and now is the last push we have to get our summer bodies in gear. Let me be perfectly clear. “You can’t out-exercise your mouth”. (link) If your goal is to lose weight you have to change how you eat. Take a look at this image below and you will see why.
It is simple. There simply isn’t enough time in the day for you to exercise your poor diet away.
This blog is about four simple ways that I have lost weight quickly. I am not a doctor and take anything I say (as always) with a grain of salt.
Step 1. Really want to badly lose weight. You have to be so disgusted by what you see in the mirror or have so much motivation to fit into that piece of clothing that you can taste it. There is no going halfway. Halfway means you don’t really want it and you are destined to fail. Some ways to avoid losing motivation is writing notes on your refrigerator and your bathroom mirror. Setting an alarm to go off every day and labeling it Lose Weight!! or Keep Going!! right before you usually workout or eat breakfast will keep the motivation going. Making a video of why you want to lose weight and automatically emailing it to yourself is another great motivator.
Step 2. Limit my carbohydrates. Carbs are my enemy. The reason why this is so for me personally is all my foods that I overeat (and over drink) are carbs. When I limit my pizza, pasta, beer, chips, and various high carb/low nutrient foods my caloric intake automatically drops. This alone helps me drop pounds. A food journal is the only way that you will really understand how much and what you are eating all day. Every time something enters your mouth that you will digest write it down in your journal. This will allow you to see what you are actually ingesting not what you think you are.
Step 3. Drink a glass of water before and after every meal. This simply fills my stomach up. There are some major benefits of drinking water. Some of them include increased blood circulation, increased metabolism, better regulation of body temperature and more efficient removal of body waste. (link) I know I am drinking enough water when my urine is almost clear or a light colored yellow. Drinking enough water also helps cut down on sugar cravings.
Step 4. Exercise at least 20 minutes a day. This is non-negotiable. This will get you 140 minutes a week. Hopefully, you will walk or make up the ten minutes you need to get the recommended 150 minutes a week. If you are serious about losing weight you want to do High-Intensity Interval Training. Use this free website for great HIIT workouts. If you can’t handle that do any exercises you can. Just don’t stop!!!
Once the weight comes off the key is to make lifestyle changes that will allow you to keep it off. Eat a natural healthy diet, exercise 150 minutes a week, sleep at least 7 hours a day and so on.
I think I am going to take my own advice and start getting ready for summer!!
Special thanks to Erik Myer for telling me about the phrase “you can’t out-exercise your mouth”!!
Q1: How do you ensure you get enough water every day? #slowchatpe
Q2: What motivates you to lose weight when you start falling off the wagon? #slowchatpe
Q3: What is the food that kills your healthy lifestyle eating habit? #slowchatpe
Q4: When do you feel that exercising is the best for your routine?
Q5: What is the best exercise free resource you have come up with?