Why do you want to lose weight? Losing weight seems to be a hot topic for not only moms but for a very large range of other woman. Social media today tends to make it seem like we all need to be a certain size and look a certain way but guess what?
Everybody’s body is different. Even if we all at the same food every day, drank the same amount of liquid every day or even do the same workouts… we will NEVER all look the same.
So, mama, you’ve landed here because you want to like the way you look. You want to be able to fit into that cute dress that you fit in last summer before you got pregnant. You want to have more energy. Overall, you want to lose weight.
I GOT YOU!
Let’s take a look at how to lose weight effectively…. and keep it off for good!
Don’t Make Your Goals Unrealistic
First and foremost, do not set a goal of losing 20 pounds in 10 days. Maybe you heard of your girlfriend doing some wellknown diet and she lost that much in 10 days.
NO, NO, NO! Just don’t do it.
Set up a realistic goal. According to Mayo Clinic, it’s common and smart to aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds weekly. I’ll discuss later on, how to go about losing weight each week.
Spice Up The Idea of Healthier Foods
Personally, I love veggies and fruits. If I could live off of a salad every meal, I totally would.
But for others, having to eat veggies and fruits are a bore. Maybe not so much fruit, but veggies can be bland if you eat them over and over again.
So learn how to use spices! Salt and pepper goes a long ways, mama! If that’s not good enough, try using spices such as Tony Chachere ( my absolute favorite seasoning). Whether you like spicy seasoning or more of an herb taste, it’s got a few different varieties!
These spices are great on proteins as well. While losing weight, you need to make sure to consume healthy proteins. This consists of things such as chicken, turkey, tofu, eggs and beans (to name a few).
Experiment with food and find a taste that makes you enjoy eating healthy! Maybe my guide to healthy meal prepping can get you started with this portion of weight loss!
Drink Water, Water, And More Water
Water is so beneficial for many different aspects of your health. So of course it only makes sense that drinking water would aid in weight loss, right?
Drinking water speeds up your metabolism. Having a faster metabolism, means you burn more calories while at rest and during exercise. Drinking water also helps you to stop holding onto water which means you will pee more! Peeing more means MORE WEIGHT LOSS!
Drink half of your body weight in a day to help you lose weight.
Make A Plan To Add Exercise Into Your Weight Loss Plan
Losing weight is mainly due to what you eat. However, adding in exercise will help drastically. It is recommended to exercise a minimum of 150 minutes a week ( 30 minutes 5 times a week) to aid in your journey.
Starting to workout, can be confusing. So much equipment, so many different terms, so many different types of exercise. When starting out, none of that should matter. What should matter is that you’re putting in time burning calories. Use these resources to get you started on your workout journey!
Caloric def… what? I had never heard of this before I started my health journey.
To put it simply, if you burn more calories then you consume in a day, you put your body into a caloric deficit. Calories are not only burned by exercise. They are also burned while resting, during food digestion and during every day bodily functions such as breathing.
Everyone burns calories at a different rate. It all depends on your body weight (I’ll get into this another time).
Track The Calories You Burn/Consume
Tracking the calories you consume as well as the calories you burn, can help you be more successful with your weight loss. When you track what you consume, you’re able to eat less calories and lose more weight.
Tracking what you burn, allows you to know the number of calories you can consume without gaining weight! My way of tracking what I burn in a day has always been with my watch. I feel naked without it after always having a movement watch on for the past four years!
Don’t Cut Out The Foods You Love
Remember what I talked about above(caloric deficit)? Exactly. That being said, if you’re burning more then you are consuming, YOU CAN EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT!
No way, you say?! Say it for the mamas in the back!
Now I am not saying go eat a family size bag of chips or tub of ice cream but I am saying if you want to treat yourself, DO IT! Do it in moderation. Make sure to calculate how many calories you consumed and if you need to, do some jumping jacks to burn a few extra calories!
Okay, mamas, we aren’t going to sleep all day (darn it). But you do need to be sleeping a healthy amount to aid your weight loss.
For one, when you’re sleeping you’re not craving food or consuming food!
If you aren’t sleeping enough, this may cause your metabolism to lower! Remember, the higher your metabolism, the more weight loss you could potentially see!
Stay Off The Scale
From day to day, your body weight fluctuates. It’s inevitable. Today you might be let’s say, 165 pounds. Your period starts before the end of the day. You wake up the following morning and weigh yourself. You now weigh 167 pounds even though you followed all the tips I’ve provided to help you lose weight. Hormonal changes impact your weight! So does stress levels and the amount you slept the night before.
Weighing yourself everyday may also deprive you of motivation. If you’re not seeing the number on the scale go down anymore, can you tell me that you won’t be instantly discouraged?
Pick a daily weigh in day and keep track of your weight that way!
Fall Off The Wagon…. Chin Up, Get Back Up
No one is perfect. I would love to meet a person that went on a weight loss journey and never had a cheat meal, day or week. Sometimes life gets in the way of our goals and that’s okay!
If you fall off the wagon and don’t feel like continuing your journey, look in the mirror and remind yourself as to why you started this journey. Are you happy with who you see in the mirror?
If yes, congrats! I am so proud of you!
If not, chin up beautiful. YOU GOT THIS! . Remember everyone falls off and starts over.
Set Goal Rewards
You’ve lost your first ten pounds! This is worthy of celebrating! Take a spa day. Go buy a new outfit. Get your nails done. Eat a food that you’ve been craving lately.
Do something for yourself that will make you feel special because you’ve earned it.
I sure hope these tips are as helpful to you as they have been for me! I want to hear your success stories! What worked for you to lose weight? Leave me a comment, mama! till next time, xoxo