Yes, I say brilliant weight loss tricks. Why? Because they personally worked for me to lose over 60+ pounds. They also aren't some magic pill that you take at 2:46AM and has to be harvested and 6:02AM and put into a capsule. Maybe I go too far with my sarcasm, but I'll be honest, I'm tired of the fad diets and this magic detox or this amazing horse sized pill.
Go with me here a second and please listen to me; not everyone needs to lose weight, okay? You do not have to be a size, 2, 4, 6… whatever to be healthy and a good weight. Literally every single woman is different and the bottom line is this is about your health not the size of your pants.
I have seen many girls who have thin bodies but they are not healthy. Your best life does not come from being skinny, it comes from being healthy and strong both physically and mentally. That being said, healthy and strong is not a destination, it's a journey.
It's hard work, sister but you can do it you just need the right tools! Ready? Alright so here we go, here are five tricks to get your weight loss going in the right direction.
Lose the Soda
What'd she just say? Yep, I went there. While you're at it, get rid of all the other drinks that are packed with sugar and weird artificial sweeteners. If you're serious about losing the weight – two words, sister: Drink. Water. The benefits of drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day are literally too numerous to list. Drinking water helps flush toxins out of your body, keeps you hydrated, helps keep elasticity in your skin… Should I go on?
Believe it or not “sugar free” doesn't mean that it's automatically better for you. Nine times out of ten it has some weird artificial sweetener added to it that was made up in a lab somewhere. Guess what? Those artificial sweeteners can actually give you cravings and make you want more sugar. Those artificial sweeteners also can store themselves in your body making it toxic. We want our bodies to be clean burning!
Now you're probably saying, what if I don't like water?
Drinking enough water can be tough. Believe me, I get it! Easy Tricks for Drinking Enough Water is a post that helps you get into the habit of drinking enough water. This post will especially be helpful if you're coming off of soda or
another type of sugary drink. It helps you keep the flavor without the sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Pro-Tip: You would not believe how much sugar are in the lattes and mochas we know and love so dearly. Next time you go to Starbucks grab a grande house blend with coconut milk then add a bit of Stevia to it. You can grab Stevia drops on Amazon for just $5.88. Train your taste buds to work for you not you work for them!
Read your labels
Anybody ever heard the term “Abs are made in the kitchen?” It is actually true. If you eat junk, your body produces junk. It's as simple as that.
You would not BELIEVE what has added sugar in it. Things that are naturally sweet get sugar added to them! Growing up I always saw my mom read labels and she taught me to do the same. However, for the first few years out of the house, I didn't care so much. Fast forward to when I started reading labels again and I found sugar in dang near everything. This goes back to point one, but our society has a legitimate addiction to sugar and we don't even realize it! Sugar is the number one thing that can sabotage your weight loss journey. It messes up your sleep, it slows the metabolism, it makes you crave more. It's just bad.
Also, when you're reading labels look for words that look like this : Rfalkwjfvl.
No, that isn't a typo. Those types of ingredients aren't food. Nobody knows what it is except the scientist that made it up somewhere. Look for ingredients you can pronounce, and natural and organic ingredients are better for you. Typically your best foods are around the edges of the store in the refrigerators, meat cabinets and the product section. (more to come on that in a minute)
Example – say you'd like some dressing to go on your salad. Go for an oil based salad dressing vs. a cream based and read the label to make sure it's not got mass amounts of sugar, better yet, no added sugar at all. Start reading your labels.. You'll be amazed at what you find.
Eat Your Colors
And no, I'm not talking about rainbow colored candy. I am talking about the produce section. Just walk over there and look around at all of the goodness that has been pulled straight from the ground. Somebody knew what they were doing when They made fruits and vegetables, know what I'm saying? “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. We've all heard that right? Well, what that actually means is that eating your vitamins and minerals vs. taking them through a supplement.
Your pharmacy is found in the ‘farm'. Get it? So clever. Somebody other than me said that too and it is the absolute truth. There are so many ways that you can cook and eat your fruits and vegetables. Get creative! Eat them raw, steamed, broiled, roasted… the list goes on.
Shake things up! Don't burn yourself out on carrot sticks. Eating healthy is not boring and there are lots of resources to be able to get a healthy and balanced meal. I have promoted this cookbook in several other posts and I'll do it again here. Healthy Cookbook for Two which you can grab on Amazon that will give you lots of different recipes to keep things interesting!
Eat Lean Meats
Prepare for your world to be rocked; you are about to have a life changing epiphany… Ready? There are other meats besides chicken. WHAT? Get out. Let's talk about meat for a second.
We all know that the white meat on a chicken is a great form of protein and lean meat. What other meats are a great way to get protein?
- Ground Turkey
- Lean ground beef (94%/4%)
Guess what else? There are about a bazillion different ways that you can cook each of those meats. You can refer The Healthy Cookbook for two I talked about up there! Different meats, veggies, fruits; balance at its finest.
You new this was part of the 5 steps, right? I mean, you know my saying of I will never sell you a magic drink of unicorn hair and olive oil. So, let's get going on the exercise portion.
Going to the gym is not everyone's forte and that's totally fine! Finding something that you personally like to do is so important to sticking your regimen to get the weight off and then maintaining the healthy lifestyle once the weight is gone.
Here's what I mean: if the thought of going to the gym and hopping on the elliptical for 30 minutes makes you groan with disgust then that may not be the best way to go for you. Guess what? That's totally fine!
There are many things that you can do that are great exercise. Ever wanted to learn how to dance? Take up dance classes! Zumba is also a great way to dance and burn some real calories. Do Martial Arts interest you? Martial Arts classes are fantastic exercise and they also teach you a skill at the same time. Need to de-stress and find your center? How about Yoga or Pilates? Both are great ways to exercise that are less impact and really build up your core.
Let's build on this thought topic of finding something you enjoy doing for exercise.
If you are totally unsure of where to start, I can personally train you and help you find something that you enjoy doing. I create personalized training plans for my clients and I am with them every step of the way. If you don't know my story, I lost 60+ pounds after having my son. My pregnancy was full of health problems and issues that I legitimately had no control over. Once I had my son, it become my passion to help women live the healthiest life they can. Whether that be through weight loss or increasing their fitness level or both! In the programs I create for my clients, I incorporate exactly what I did to lose the weight as well as the science I learned through my Certified Personal Trainer license into the programs for my clients who are also seeing results.
Now it's your turn. It's time for you to take charge of your life and lose the weight that is holding you back. Remember that not everyone needs to lose weight and not everyone needs to be a size 4. Your goal shouldn't be skinny, your goal should be healthy and strong. Everyone's healthy looks different. Not everyone looks the same, acts the same, or enjoys the same thing. In this other post I wrote, This Amazing Book Will Change the Way You See Yourself, I talk about a book I read that really opened my eyes to body image when I was working my way through losing my weight.
You can can do this; I believe in you and I believe in the process when done properly. If I can help you, you can always reach out to me here.
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