Losing weight may is one of the hardest things to accomplish for the vast majority of people in North America. Trying to sift through the enormous amount of advice from friends, experts, television, magazines, etc can be confusing and draining. With much of this advice conflicting, it is tough to stay on track and make progress without getting overwhelmed. I tried many diets and fads and came to the conclusion that I needed to simplify or I wasn’t going to lose anything. Here are a few of the tips I took to heart during my journey:
- Never workout – I hate working out and always dreaded it when I had an upcoming workout planned and felt very guilty when I skipped it. One of the first things I did was tell myself that I wasn’t working out anymore. What I did was made sure to take the time during the week to do stuff that I enjoyed, like walking along the ocean, gardening or hiking. It didn’t put the same pressure on me and I enjoyed it much more. So go for a walk, skip rope, a bike ride or pick shells at the beach. Any of these would be great alternatives if you are having trouble working out.
- Alter your favorite foods – One thing that a lot of people have a lot of problems with is cutting out all of the things they love. I stopped doing that and started taking my favorite foods and making small changes to make them healthier. Find recipes with a higher fibre content or ones that are less calories. You can still enjoy the foods you love and take in less calories. Many foods have comperable low (or lower) calorie options that still taste great.
- Drink more water – By drinking more water you’ll feel less hunger pains throughout the day. Most people don’t drink enough water during the day and think stomach pangs are from lack of food instead of water. Drinking a glass of water before you eat will also fill your stomach and cause you to eat less than you normally would. Replacing a higher calorie beverage with water will greatly reduce your caloric intake.
- Increase your steps – It is recommended that the average person should take 10,000 steps throughout the day. The great majority of us in North America do not. One easy thing to do is to add steps through the day. You can do this in so many ways. Park further away from the grocery store’s front door, take the stairs, take the long way to the coffee at work, go for a walk during your breaks. Think about your walking habits and find ways to increase the amounts of steps you take.
- Watch TV and MOVE – Instead of sitting or laying down and watching TV passively, why not do some yoga, or light stretching or weights while relaxing? While watching your favorite show you won’t even notice you are burning calories. Yoga is a great way to add lean muscle, improve flexibility and relax. I usually switch it up and do some light stretching one day, and then work with resistance bands another. It is very relaxing and much better than sitting
I hope these tips have given you some ideas and that losing weight is doesn’t seem like such a burdern.