Often times, the hardest part about losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is just getting started. Honestly, it’s not a surprise. We’re comfortable with how we live our lives. That’s how we gain weight and get unhealthy in the first place – complacency.
If you’ve come to a point in your life where you finally understand just how unhealthy you’ve been living, and if you’re committed to leading a better life, then the good news is that there are simple strategies you can employ to get your weight loss jump started.
Tip 1: Solidify Your Goals
Sometimes, we fail before we even start because we don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish. This is why psychology research shows that people who think about and list down their goals are 42% more likely to actually achieve them than those who do not.
Just navigating life can get overwhelming, and this is what makes it easier for us to forget our wellness goals and start prioritizing other things. It takes 10 seconds to get your goals written down, so take the time to do it and keep these goals in a visible place to constantly remind you to make better choices.
Tip 2: Find an Accountability Partner
Having someone that you can be accountable to for your choices right from the very beginning can really help jumpstart your weight loss and keep you on track. When considering who you want to ask to be your accountability partner, pick someone who will care for you in a gentle way, but also won’t be afraid to tell you the things you need to hear. You want someone who will support you and guide, not someone who will make your already troublesome relationship with food worse.
Tip 3: Spend Time On a Vision Board
This one’s more for the women out there, because women are more visual, but it could work for some guys as well. Creating a vision board that is filled with motivational quotes and photos that you aspire to, could really help you stay committed to your goals. By having this vision board somewhere visual, it will help remind you that you’re on this journey for a reason.
Tip 4: Start Small with Food Prep
One of the reasons why some people don’t last when it comes to food prepping is because they feel like they’ve got to have everything prepped in one day. Not only does this make your food get pretty boring very fast, it also puts a lot of pressure on your shoulders come Sunday. One easy thing to do to jumpstart your weight loss is to keep your food prep activities small at first and then build up from there.
In fact, it makes for more interesting meals if you prep ingredients rather than full dishes on meal prep day. This way, you can easily whip up something that you want to eat with the ingredients available rather than be forced to eat the same breakfast, lunch and dinner all week long.
Tip 5: Implement Small New Change Weekly
Switching to a healthier lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight – or rather, it shouldn’t. When you try to completely overhaul the way that you live in a short amount of time, you set yourself up for disappointment and discouragement in one fell swoop. Instead of trying to make all of your changes right off the bat, schedule small changes weekly to make the transition more doable.
For example, you can swamp a portion of your carbs for vegetables and fruit on week one. On week two, you can commit to cutting back on the alcohol that you drink. Setting realistic goals increases your likelihood of success tenfold.
Tip 6: Sleep Earlier
We’re preaching to the choir with this one, we’re sure. A great majority of us probably already understand just how important sleep is, not just to our health, but to our weight loss as well. So if you’re really serious about losing weight, then you’re to have to start making some adjustments to your daily routine to get you to bed sooner. What those changes need to be, you know best.
Tip 7: Put A Workout Schedule Together
When was the last time you ditched an appointment at the salon or missed out on a scheduled waxing appointment? We’re going to bet that it’s been a while or probably even never. When it comes to things that are important to us or things that make us feel good, we prioritize it in our schedules and make the rest of the things that we need to do work around those appointments. The same should be the case for your workouts. Prioritize it and make it a fixed part of your schedule.
Tip 8: Drink Water Exclusively
Juices, lattes and all other kinds of drinks that you like to consume do two things: decrease the number of water you consume and boost your caloric intake stealthily. If you’re a heavy drinker of beverages other than water, one easy change to make to jumpstart your weight loss is simply to consume water only.
It drastically reduces the amount of calories you consume in a day and the water that you replace it with helps you stay fuller for longer.
Tip 9: Have a Contingency Plan for Your Weak Spots
Whether you’re the type of person who binges when you have a bad day, or the kind of person who loves having a sweet treat after every meal, there’s always going to be a weak spot in our hearts and minds for some kind of food.
After all, that’s how we ended up needing to lose weight and get healthier in the first place. Identify what your food triggers are and have contingency plans in place when you hit a rough patch. For example, if donuts are your weakness, have a healthier alternative on hand when your cravings hit.
Tip 10: Raid Your Own Pantry
One simple activity you can do to jumpstart your activity is to walk into your pantry and raid every single unhealthy ingredient that you have in it. Take those food items and throw them straight into the trash, friends. When you rid your pantry of these items and refrain from restocking them, you make it easier for yourself to make the healthier choice.