How many times have you started eating healthy and then completely fell off the wagon? Ugh (sighing at myself), I know I have more times than I’d like to admit! Or how many times have you fallen victim to the “Quick Fix” diets? Guilty here!! Who doesn’t want the “quick fix!” The “loose ten pounds this week” diet. It sounds wonderful right?
Until one day I realized that they weren’t doing it for me. I wanted to keep the weight off not just loose it quickly. I mean, what’s the point of loosing the weight in a week if you will gain it back a month later. In order to keep the weight off, I didn’t need a diet. I needed a lifestyle change in my eating and working out habits. Who has the time in this crazy world and I can’t possibly switch to eating healthy overnight. Not to mention how expensive it can be.
After all my struggles I figured out where to begin and how to be successful! Here’s where I began…
Nix the “Diets”
First things first, Nix the diets! Now I’m not saying that diets don’t work. They might, for a short term goal. But let’s be honest with each other. Do you really only want to lose weight for a week? Or would you like to lose it and keep it off? If you are anything like me, you want to lose it and keep it off. Which has lead me on this fantastic journey of eating healthy. Boy has it been a journey! (I am extremely picky)
Be Ready for Change
Now this one is extremely important. If you aren’t fully ready for change you will fight it! I made sure I was truly ready. It must be a lifestyle change if you really want to stick with it. There are going to be hard days when you have cravings or are having caffeine and sugar withdrawals, so you have to be prepared to stick it out! You have to have the motivation to get through these rough days.
Don’t take everything out of your diet all at once. You won’t be able to stick to it. I’ve tried that a few times and it lead to me on a complete binge on the things that I cut out. Or having terrible headaches from caffeine or sugar withdrawals.
So for example, if you have three sodas a day, cut out one a day for a few weeks. Then another until you don’t drink soda at all. If you can’t drink just water (like me!), I suggest adding fruit to your water to flavor. (I don’t suggest the water additives because they have artificial sugars and dyes in them) Another option would be to drink tea with honey. Add Stevia if you don’t like honey. It won’t raise your blood sugar levels and is natural. If you need other alternatives please ask me!
Nix the Unhealthy
You also want to make sure that you keep slowly taking out the unhealthy things from your diet and substituting them with more fruits and vegetables. Please don’t cut out things like all carbs and fats. Your body needs these to function properly. It’s important to just use them in moderation.
Cut out things like chips, cookies, processed foods, really anything with ingredients that you cannot pronounce.
Take your Vitamins
Next, start taking a multivitamin! This is extremely important. It is next to impossible to get all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet alone. This can be done on day one. And if you need help remembering to take it, set an alarm on your phone or write it on a calendar that you look at daily.
I used the alarm to get myself in the habit of taking it every morning. I did some research and chose to go with One-A-Day vitamins. They are affordable and have the same ingredients as the other vitamins that I was paying a ridiculous amount for. They also have vitamins for different things that you may need. I put a link up for the ones that I purchase just in case you are looking for some. If you already have a vitamin that you take daily, even better!
Eat More Frequently
Another great tip is to start eating less in quantity but more frequently. You’ve probably heard this often, but I stress it again because it is very important to keep your metabolism going throughout the day.
Now, I’m not big on counting calories. It takes forever and is extremely hard to stick to it. I prefer to just limit the amount I’m eating.
I choose to eat every two to three hours. I also had to set an alarm for my meals. This would help me remember to stop and eat a snack and keep my meals spread out.
If you are looking to lose weight at a quicker rate. Drink green tea with lemon and a little Stevia or honey when you first wake up. Then do a quick workout before breakfast. This will speed up your metabolism for the whole day and help you burn fat more rapidly. I did this at home and dropped pounds very quickly. If you need a little help on starting a workout routine, click here to read my post on starting a workout and sticking to it.
No Boxed Meals
Another great tip is to start eating less boxed things and using more fresh ingredients. Boxed meals have tons of preservatives and artificial ingredients that help them look more appealing, taste more appealing and last longer. But let’s face it. None of that is good for you and most of the nutrients it did have are long gone.
A way to help prevent the need for boxed meals is to plan out your meals for the week. I also talk about this in how to save money like a pro. This will allow you to buy the ingredients that you need for the week and nothing extra. This will save money and time.
Also, plan to make extra for the next day’s lunches. Unless you choose to take a meal replacement shake for lunch. If you plan ahead you can also plan for those extra busy nights so you are prepared. You could throw something in the CrockPot in the morning and have dinner ready when you get home. There are tons of wonderful recipes on Pinterest if you run out of healthy options or need to change things up.
You Don’t Have to be Perfect
The last and most important thing is to know that you don’t have to be perfect. Its all about moderation and making better choices more frequently than you used to. You shouldn’t make yourself miserable because if you are, you will give in and go back to your old ways. It is okay to treat yourself every once in a while! Don’t expect perfection, you will get disappointed!
You’ve got this!
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