It seems these days that everybody’s got an opinion about how best to lose weight. For some people, it’s all about the type of food you eat (or rather the food you don’t eat), while others will tell you that it’s about the way you eat your food.
Some people may not even consider food at all and will tell you that it’s about the supplements you take or the latest fat burning sensation to hit the markets. While we do believe that there are some fat burning pills that are worth taking and that there are some diet plans that are worthy of a shot, the best ways to lose weight are always the ones that don’t pose any risks to your state of health.
You may be wondering, well if that’s the case, then what are the best ways to lose weight? Check these tips out for some tried and tested ways to lose weight.
The First Way: Tweak Your Lifestyle
We’re sure you’ve heard this before but it begs to be repeated: losing weight is more about a change of lifestyle than it is about anything else. For weight loss to be effective, long term and sustainable, you have to develop the mindset and make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle.
This approach is much more sustainable than the “all or nothing” approach that most diet plans tend to take. Amazingly, choosing to change your lifestyle verses subscribing to a diet plan for a few weeks will really help you lose more weight.
Some easy lifestyle tweaks would be drinking more water and less sugary beverages or eating more vegetables than protein and carbohydrates.
The Second Way: Kick Your Nasty Habits
If you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit. If you’re an excessive drinker, it’s time to start cutting down on the drinks. Listen, we don’t mean to make offend you, but these bad habits are a detriment to your journey to weight loss.
There’s no way you’re going to get a good exercise session in and feel healthy if you’re smoking a pack a day. At the same time, drinking too much will completely cancel out any caloric burn you get through your exercises. We’ve talked to people who have stopped smoking and reduced their drinking, and trust us, they’ve all already enjoyed significant weight loss.
If you’re really serious about losing weight and getting healthy, it’s absolutely essential that you quit smoking and drinking too much.
The Third Way: Go Crazy with the Vegetables
When it comes to eating well, it’s mostly about making sure you fill up on food that takes a long time to digest and that’s good for you. Honestly and unsurprisingly, that means making sure your meals are loaded with vegetables.
We know we all ran away from green leafy veg as kids, but it’s time to get over that aversion and really get crazy about what many refer to as rabbit food. It’s not like you have to give up your favorite dishes either. For example, if you love pizza, choose one that’s topped with vegetables and greens instead of pepperoni and way too much over processed cheese.
Eating tons of vegetables will help you get full faster and stay full longer without having to worry about consuming excessive calories. Another great swap is to make your own veggie chips at home instead of buying potato chips from the grocery store.
The Fourth Way: Go for A Walk (Or A Run)
Whether you’re into running or you hate the thought of walking more than needed, the fact of the matter is that movement is an important facet of losing weight. If you’re the kind of person that hates to step out unless absolutely needed, a good way to get motivated is to use it as an opportunity to take your dog out for a walk. Don’t have a dog?
Get in touch with a friend that you’ve been meaning to spend more time with and invite them to go on a stroll with you. It doesn’t matter if you’re up and about for 10 minutes or more, what’s important is that you get started.
Trust us, after a while, it will become a habit and your body will look for it. Keep at it until you can work your way up to running for 20 minutes a day. It’s just a little bit of time out of your day but can have huge benefits for your health and energy in the long run (no pun intended).
The Fifth Way: Purge Your Pantry
The best way to make sure that you don’t eat any unhealthy, sugar and calorie laden foods is to make sure you don’t have it around. If you’re the type of person to have tons of snacks lying around the house to tempt you, it’s time to get up and conduct a purge in your pantry and any other secret hiding spot. Clean out your pantry of high calorie snacks, overly processed foods and items that are way too high in salt or sugar.
You should also get rid of the food that you already know you’re prone to over indulge in like ice cream, chips or the like. After the purge, make sure you replace these snacks with lower calorie and whole-food options like popcorn, roasted sunflower seeds or Greek yogurt. You can, of course, choose to stock up on food that suit your tastes as long as they’re good for you.
The Sixth Way: Trust in the Process
If you’re a week into your “lifestyle change” and are thinking that it’s all hogwash, we beg of you to stop and rethink things. Giving up one week into the process is folly and besides, that’s why it’s called a lifestyle change. It will take more than one week to see all the benefits that it has to offer you in terms of successful weight loss and improved health. When you’re feeling down, remind yourself of what is at stake and stick to it. Trust in the process. It may be long, but it’s worth it in the end.