Has the weight been creeping on and you aren’t sure where to start? If you are looking to lose some weight but are not sure what to do, here are some healthy tips for effective weight loss.
- See Your Doctor –
One of the most important things to start with when you want to begin a weight loss journey is to see your doctor. There are various conditions that can cause weight gain or that can impact the rate of weight loss, so it is important to get a full physical to rule any external factors out. Let them know your plans for diet and exercise and see if they have any recommendations.
- Nutrition is Key –
Have you ever heard that saying “Abs are made in the kitchen”? Well it is the truth. You can workout like crazy, but if you are eating like crap, you won’t see the results that you are looking for. Work on cutting out extra sugar, soda, processed foods and eat more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. If you are unsure of proper portions or how to eat for a condition like diabetes, see a registered dietician.
- Plan Ahead –
It is easy just to swing through a drive thru and pick up a greasy burger or some chicken nuggets. You can find healthier options at chain restaurants but you need to take some time before you go to do the research. You can also meal prep and get all of your lunches ready for the week ahead – this will ensure you have a healthier option easily accessible.
- Track Your Food –
Using a food tracker like MyFitnessPal is important. It is oftentimes surprising how many calories we are really taking in. By keeping track of your portions and calories, you can see where you are making slip-ups and can better prepare for the future.
- Fitness is Important –
While nutrition is extremely important to weight loss, so is getting in a regular workout. Working out helps to burn extra calories, get rid of fat, build muscle, and increase flexibility and balance. Cardio is important for heart health as well as fat loss. Strength training is a good way to help build your metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn. If you are a woman, don’t worry – strength training will not make you bulky.
- Get Sleep –
With lack of sleep comes cravings and less self-control when it comes to eating. Not to mention things like lack of reaction time, harder time concentrating at work, and your body wasn’t able to fully recover from the day before. Try and pinpoint what may be preventing you from getting a full night sleep (7-8 hours). If the problem is fixable like your cat keeps waking you up or you need a new mattress, work on the problem. If you are unsure as to why you are having sleep problems, speak with your doctor so he can rule out a sleep disorder like sleep apnea.
Eating better and working out consistently can really help you come a long way with your weight loss goals.