Losing weight is not always easy. If it was, there wouldn’t be thousands of weight loss pills on the market or fad diets recommended. But with all the information online, it’s no surprise that the masses feel a sense of overwhelm when searching for sound advice and tips for weight loss, particularly when trying to figure out where you should focus your efforts first.
For this reason, I’ve compiled a free 24 Weight Loss Tips PDF resource, setting out a comprehensive list of the best weight loss tips and what you should be focusing on first for maximum weight loss success and overall health. This resource has been compiled with both beginners in mind as well as those who have tried various diets in the past without much success. The tips provided are simple yet effective and offer realistic advice rather than imposing overly restrictive measures that are associated with unhealthy and unsustainable fad diets.
The real key to safe and successful weight loss is to adopt a healthy lifestyle that aligns to your individual needs and preferences and one that can be maintained for life.
Here are 24 of the best weight loss tips to improve your overall health and help you lose weight. For a more indepth look at the following weight loss tips, be sure to download my free Weight Loss Tips PDF here.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS: WHAT YOU SHOULD FOCUS ON FIRST
● Use fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains to curb hunger and help with unnecessary snacking.
● Reduce excess sugar by avoiding fizzy drinks, fast foods, and high carb foods.
● Make healthy fats a priority in your diet. Healthy fats keep you feeling full and actually promote weight loss.
● Eat at the table instead of behind the TV or a computer. It promotes mindful eating as well as an opportunity to reconnect with family.
● Get in enough steps daily. It doesn’t have to be high-intensity cardio. 30 minutes of walking a day will assist with weight loss.
● Learn to cook healthy meals. Regular home cooking helps to save you money and experiment with healthy ingredients that you haven’t used before.
● Swap high sugar cereals for a high protein breakfast. Eating low-carb for breakfast will help you to not go over your total carb count for the day.
● Try not to drink your calories. Calories in drinks like alcohol, juice, and fizzy sodas can quickly add up and are often forgotten when counting total calories for the day. Try to limit the sugary beverages and drink more water.
- Keep hydrated. Following the tip above, it’s very important to get enough water each day. Water is required to flush out toxins, especially during the initial phases of any diet change, aid organ health and even impacts the quality of your sleep!
- Shop with purpose. Never go grocery shopping without a well thought-out grocery list. This will save you from making impulsive purchases that will cost you more in money and will sabotage your weight loss efforts.
- Eat mindfully. Eating mindfully means taking the time to identify how certain foods make you feel, appreciate the tastes and flavors of the food and often results in eating food slower which means that you are less likely to over indulge as you give your body time to register that it’s full.
- Reduce refined carbs. Refined carbs are a major culprit for weight gain as they don’t offer fiber and don’t leave you satisfied for long meaning that you will quickly be looking for the next snack. Refined carbs include white flour, pasta and bread.
- Lift weights to lose weight. Many people forget about resistance training either through body weight exercises or actual use of weights. Weight training helps to tone your body and if done the right way with minimal rest periods between sets, these exercises can get your heart rate higher than some cardio exercises.
- Set goals that are realistic and meaningful. Setting smaller, achievable goals will help you to keep motivated and continue to lose weight. The key is to be kind to yourself and not get discouraged by setting unrealistic goals and/or time frames to your weight loss.
- Beware of fad diets. Fad diets are those that impose very strict rules and cannot be sustained long-term. Remember, the goal is to adopt a healthy eating plan that you know you can follow indefinitely and one that won’t make you feel like you are missing out on certain pleasures in life!
- Stick to whole foods. Whole foods are those that have not been processed in a factory and include vegetables, whole grains and grass-fed meat. If you see a long list of ingredients attached to a food item, it’s not a whole food and you should limit your consumption.
- Get an accountability partner. If you are struggling to stick to an eating plan or workout routine, you may benefit from partnering up with a buddy. Studies show greater weight loss success in those who have someone else join them.
- Deprivation is not your friend. If a particular diet forces you to ditch certain foods indefinitely then most likely it’s a fad diet and you should avoid it. Depriving yourself of treats indefinitely is unrealistic and when you do “cheat” you are left feeling like a failure, guilty and not wanting to push forward. Instead, stick to a balanced diet that allows for treat rewards in moderation.
- Stop making unhealthy comparisons. The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself. Ask yourself how you can improve upon your last weigh-in or beat your last exercise routine time. Everyone is different so comparing yourself to Instagram models will only set you back (remember, most of those images have been touched up by softwares in any case!).
- Snack smart or don’t snack at all. If you are going to snack during the day, be sure to make wise and healthy snack choices. If, on the other hand, you can’t trust yourself to make healthy choices initially, then rather avoid snacking entirely as unhealthy snack options will most definitely compromise weight loss progress.
- Keep stimulated. If you feel bored, a natural inclination will be for you to reach into the fridge or pantry regardless of whether you are hungry or not. Instead, keep your mind and your body stimulated by going to a gentle walk or taking up a hobby. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much this can help!
- Practice selfcare. Do you know that weight loss isn’t just a result of healthy eating and physical exercise? Mental well-being plays a huge role which is why taking time out to rest and pamper yourself is very important. Think of small ways that you can practice self care that won’t necessarily wear a hole in your pockets. This could include things like taking a bubble bath, subscribing to a wellness or beauty monthly subscription box, attending a yoga class…the options are endless.
- Find a workout that you look forward to. If you hate your workout routine, chances are that you won’t stick to it. This may lead to demotivation. Instead, always be sure to choose an exercise or class that gets you excited and when you grow tired of it, mix it up by changing to another one.
- Get support. Having someone you can trust to support you during your weight loss journey is a fundamental part of your transformation. This could be a family member, friend or even your exercise buddy.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Everyone’s weight loss journey is different. What works for some doesn’t work for others.
Never fall into the trap of comparing your progress timelines with that of another person, even if it is your gym buddy.
By following these weight loss tips above and those supplied in this free PDF download, you will start to incorporate healthier food choices and daily practices that will lead you down the path of healthy weight loss that can be kept off as well.
Although these tips are helpful for someone wanting to lose weight, they should also be seen as practices that are to be followed even after a goal weight has been achieved.
At the end of the day, it’s all about enjoying the process!