Losing weight is the silent obsession of MOST people sitting next to you at the office or your kids birthday party. Yet those same friends and family probably also feel pretty confused as to how to lose weight successfully.
Maybe you feel the same? If you do, you are 100% not alone and we are here to make things much simpler for you…starting today!
The truth is losing weight doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, if you are looking for tips on how to make your lifestyle merge with your fitness goals this will be the perfect article for you.
The first pact we need to make is that if you want to change your body or lifestyle, you will need to CHANGE some of the behaviors that got you to where you are right now.
So how do you lose weight? What is the secret?
Weight loss comes down to TWO very specific but simple things;
➡️ Eat less then your body needs to sustain it’s current body weight, and;
➡️ Move MORE than your body is currently used to.
(BOOM – now accepting donations for answering all of your weight loss worries in two sentences lolol.)
Seriously though weight loss CAN be that easy and here are 3 steps that you can implement TODAY that will positively affect how your pants fit tomorrow.
📝 3 Ways to Start Losing Weight This Week!
Switch out refined carbs (breads, pastas, white potatoes) for green vegetables, and fruits.
Focusing on natural sources of carbs will increase your fiber and nutrient intake and decrease blood sugar spikes.
Aren’t carbs bad though?
We want to be clear in that we do not believe that carbs are a “bad food” – in fact carbs are needed to help your body get fueled for exercise, and recover from your workout.
The real issue with carbs comes down to the sources that you are choosing. If you are eating a bagel every day for breakfast lets say instead of oatmeal you are adding into your diet a ton of processed sugars (via the bagel), instead of a slower release item (oatmeal) that packs much less of a total calorie punch.
Drop the bagel, switch out for oatmeal and berries and you will easily save 200 calories a day.
Add in some protein to 2-3 meals within your day. A healthy protein serving for men and for women are as follows.
1 palm sized serving for women
2 palm sized servings for men
Adding in protein to breakfast, lunch and dinner will help minize carbohydrate dense food choices, will help you feel fuller longer and will aid in building/repairing muscle.
Sources of protein are as follows:
lean meat, poultry and fish
dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese
seeds and nuts
beans and legumes (such as lentils and chickpeas)
soy products like tofu
some grain and cereal-based products are also sources of protein, but are generally not as high in protein as meat and meat alternative products.
3. Add in daily activity that goes above what your body is currently outputting.
If in a typical work week all you are doing is walking to and from your car or transit and then sitting down at a desk all day; even adding in 1 hour of activity 2-3 times/week can make a significant habit.
To get the most “bang for your buck” – you will want to focus on a program that address the 3 key areas of optimizing your physical fitness which is strength training, cardiovascular endurance work & mobility.
And that is literally how simple starting to lose weight can be.
We hope this article was helpful. Have a question? Click here to book an appointment with us we’d be happy to coach you through to your next goal!
Coach Erin, Northern Touch CrossFit.