Whenever I sit down with a new client that is interested in a wellness goal, the number one goal is almost always, “To lose weight.” Many times the person wants to lose 10 or more pounds. I take pride in helping people lose unwanted pounds. The public’s idea of losing weight is distant from the reality of what actually works in the real world of weight loss. So I decided to write up a list of the top ten best ways to lose weight.
Top Ten Best Ways to Lose Weight
Be honest with yourself
Be honest with yourself in knowing that it didn’t take you 2 weeks to gain the weight, so it will not take 2 weeks for you to get it off. For many people it will take them 6 months to a year to make a complete 180 degree turn from the previous lifestyle that they had, and that’s okay. You figure that if you’ve been trashing your body for 10- 15- 20 years and you can reverse that in 12 months, I would say that this is a fair trade off, wouldn’t you?
Lose the weight steadily
People who lose their weight steadily are more likely to maintain a healthy weight versus their go hard or go home, fad diet participating counterparts. For your weight loss to be healthy, you would have to lose 1 to 2 ½ pounds a week. If you are losing more weight than that, then you may be reducing your calories too fast, losing muscle mass or losing water weight. All of these things are quick fixes that will lead you to crankiness, lack of energy, illness, long term health issues, and wait for it: gaining the weight that you lost plus more.
Hang out with people who are focused on weight loss too
Nothing will derail you faster than a careless Sunday brunch with your friends or a Saturday tail- gate BBQ during football season that gets out of hand. Birds of a feather flock together. The universal law is to surround yourself around successful people. Hang around your friends who have had success in fitness and wellness. You tend to pick up the habits of the people that you are around the most. It doesn’t mean that you have to ditch your friends, it’s just that you may need to hang out with some new friends so that you can bring back some better habits to your old friends. Don’t be afraid to expand your horizons.
Get your spouse to join you on this worthwhile journey
Find a way to get your spouse to buy into a healthy and active lifestyle. If you are successful at doing this, you will have a live in partner that can support you during the challenging times. Fitness always starts at home, especially in the kitchen. Discuss a plan for the two of you to take long walks and to find healthy alternatives to your favorite dishes.
Get help wherever you can find it
We spoke about getting your spouse to join you on your weight loss journey. There are other avenues that you can go to get the help and support that you will absolutely need. They say that losing weight is one of the hardest things that a person can do. Don’t be proud and try to do it solo. Help can come in many ways. You can read fitness books, watch exercise videos, pair up and workout with a friend. Other options can come from the professional arena like hiring a personal trainer, joining a group fitness class, seeking the support of a life coach or taking some cooking classes from a nutritionist. The more help you can receive, the greater your chances are of losing weight and keeping it off.
Be okay with being a little uncomfortable!
When you are moving towards a new lifestyle change, you will find yourself doing things that may make you feel uncomfortable at first. Ride through those feelings and emotions. ON the other side of that is the accomplishment of your goals and a sense of pride that comes along with mastery over your spiritual, mental and physical health.
Go to sleep earlier
Individuals who go to bed earlier and get a great night’s rest perform better at work, and are able to sustain better energy levels throughout the day. Sleeping will also help you from becoming completely exhausted. When we are tired and fatigued, we tend to make the worst nutritional decisions. Sleep for 7-8 hours a day. Sleep will keep you sharp, help you focus, and give you the reserves necessary to make better eating decisions and life decisions.
Work out at the same time everyday
Your body operates off of its own body clock. We call them biorhythms. You have to tone your body to the right biorhythms to get the most out of it. People who tend to workout the same time daily have an easier time of maintaining a consistent regiment. When your body clock is set and it gets accustomed to working out at a certain time, your body will do better at preparing itself for the workout. It develops an anticipation for the workout and as a result, it will be able to perform better.
Also this will help you mentally because you won’t have to figure out a time to workout. If it is already programed in your day, it will remove an extra step that you will have to take to get to your successful place.
Block off your workout time
When people become busy, the first thing that goes is their workout program. Your consistent activity is an important part of weight loss and complete wellness. Dieting alone will not sustain successful weight loss. Since we know this, it is imperative that no distractions, chores, to do list, or requests get in the way of the workout. And besides, most of those things can either wait or can be crossed off the list. Set your health as a top priority in your life, and your body will thank you with energy, strength, flexibility, and mastery from within.
Stop the yo yo diet and treat your body with respect
In the words of Bob Marley, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” When you go on a diet, you are trying to trick the body that it can function without calories and nutrients. Stop that! The body was made to survive on calories, vitamins and minerals. We have to make sure that we get the appropriate calories in and don’t go overboard cutting out everything. This process is very similar to someone setting up their personal financial budget. Yes you should cut out the extras and miscellaneous things that are not as important, but if you stop paying your rent or mortgage, you are in a world of trouble. Our bodies work the same way when we do these drastic cuts on our calories. Create a nutrition log, track the types of calories that you take in and focus on eating fiber rich carbs and grains, lean proteins, leafy vegetables and good fats like nuts and avocadoes.
Following these ten tips on the best ways to lose weight will put you in position for joy, happiness and ultimate weight loss success!