When embarking on a weight loss journey, it is very easy to get swept up in the progress and fads that flood our newsfeeds. Admit it, you’ve probably tried a bunch of get thin quick schemes that you found online, right? That’s okay, because I have too.
Okay, so now we both know that these alternatives don’t actually work and that you don’t actually need to endure those slimming drops anymore. So let’s start looking at options that are sustainable and healthy, shall we?
Cut the C.R.A.P
We are a society of convenience eaters. I was astounded when the fact that I cook everything myself came as a surprise on my Burger King adventure. I also found that I do feel my clothes tightening when I’m reaching for convenience foods over preparing my own. That’s because even the seemingly healthy options aren’t guaranteed to be healthy, are they? We don’t know what they are prepared with or how they get the meals to taste that amazing.
I’ve recently discovered Nu Veg variety packs. They aren’t ideal for my macros, but they are a healthier alternative to convenience foods for when I’ve been ill for 3 weeks.
Studies have been done on this for years and for good reason. Drinking water increases the amount of calories you burn during resting energy expenditure. Some people have gone so far as claiming that drinking water before a meal will reduce your appetite (my granny swore by this), but that isn’t necessarily the case.
Drinking water before dinner will reduce your appetite for eating CRAP, because your body is full and you’ll only eat the healthy meal you’re preparing. Studies done on this show that drinking a glass of water before each meal may increase weight loss by 2kgs over a 12-week period.
This doesn’t even have to be as strenuous as you think either. All you really need to do is make small changes in how active you choose to be. I am a firm believer in getting a great coach to help you through your transition, so be selective.
Don’t settle for the guy on his phone at the gym just because his t-shirt says “trainer”. Look around for someone who you can see yourself sweating with for an hour each week.
This one is the most important part of ANY journey that you choose to go embark on. Be patient. I’m serious with this one, Rome wasn’t built in a day and if it was we would never have the Colosseum to Instagram.
Be patient with your journey, be consistent on your path and be kind to yourself while you’re working on yourself.
As always, feel free to add your thoughts below!