The Only 4 Tips You’ll Ever Need If You’re Trying to Lose Weight
Posted by Healthy Truth on Aug 1st 2019
Getting your health on track can seem like a daunting task at first. You might reach for any weight-loss tips you can possibly get your hands on in order to achieve your goals. But not all advice is created equal. Let’s be honest: there’s some pretty horrendously awful advice out there. Don’t worry, though, we’re going to steer you in the right direction.
When you’re trying to lose weight, the most important thing is to stay consistent and stay on track. Surround yourself with the right support system — friends, coaches, workout buddies, etc. — so you can hit all your goals without getting sidetracked. You already knew consistency was key, though. So here are four weight-loss tips that will help you stay on track and be successful.
Don’t Fall For Fad or Extreme Diets
There are so many temptations out there. The keto diet sounds promising, intermittent fasting sounds like it will give you big results, and even the carnivore diet sounds somewhat hopeful. It’s easy to get roped into the big claims these extreme diets make. They want you to believe you’ll drop 10 pounds in a week if you just follow a few crazy major changes to your diet.
Don’t be fooled. The old adage is true: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no shortcut to losing weight. The road is tough and at times frustrating, but it’s well worth the effort because the end result is a feeling of accomplishment you just can’t buy.
Stick the guaranteed road. Eat clean, whole foods, get rid of all the junk food in your diet, eat in a healthy calorie deficit, and exercise regularly. If you do that, you’re guaranteed to lose weight in a sustainable, steady way.
Record Everything You Eat
This may sound like a nuisance at first — and will certainly feel like a pain in the ass when you first start — but it helps immensely to write down everything you eat and keep a detailed record of what you ate. I assign this to people who are starting out on a big weight-loss plan. For at least the first few weeks it’s helpful for them to keep a log so they have a good sense of their caloric intake, macronutrients, and daily habits.
After you’ve trained this habit, you can start to taper off the detailed record-taking because you’ll train your eyes to properly figure out how much food is too much, and how much is just right. This will help you stay in a calorie deficit and prevent the overeating that all too easily happens when you’re not really paying attention.
Strength Train Regularly
People tend to get obsessed with cardio when they’re trying to lose weight but strength training is the way to go. When you develop all that lean muscle mass you increase the rate of your metabolism, meaning you burn more calories and burn fat faster. Cardio does burn calories during the actual workout but you won’t burn as many calories throughout the rest of the day as you would if you did a strength session.
Start working with a personal trainer or go to some strength-focused workout classes. Not only will it speed up your weight-loss process, but it will help you sleep better at night, put you in a better mood, decrease your risk of many diseases and cancers, improve the health of your heart, etc. The benefits are endless!
Keep a Record of How You’re Feeling
Hear us out. As juvenile as it sounds, the more you journal, the quicker you’ll understand yourself, your habits, and your vices. And the more information you have, the more likely you are to succeed. Take notes of how you feel when you wake up, after you eat, etc. so you can connect the dots. Maybe you’ll notice that you get an afternoon slump on the days you drink coffee, which causes you to get a bit cranky and snack on a bit too much food. No problem, at least now you know what the issue was and you can address it. Journaling is well worth the time and effort, and it may very well be the key to your success.