Losing weight looks easy on reality television programs and in fitness magazines, but in reality it can feel like an uphill battle. There are plenty of self-help books on the market as far as fitness is concerned, but there’s no guide that works for body type and lifestyle. Sometimes finding the right fit for you can take a while and you may need to try a few different combinations of diet and exercise to figure out what works for you. Fortunately, in the meantime there are a few tips you can use to get you started, and they work with almost any fitness plan and schedule.
Empty The Fridge
Sometimes the hardest part of getting fit is simply finding the motivation to get started, for others it’s sticking to a diet once it has begun. Both of these situations can be improved by simply removing the temptation from your life by emptying out your refrigerator and cupboards. This doesn’t mean that you should throw out all of your food. Instead, get rid of items that are premade or mixed, and that contain long lists of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Load up on natural products like fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Eat clean by cutting out refined sugars and ingredients that contain additives. Whether you’re single and eating for one, or feeding a family of five, cleaning up the way that you eat can benefit everybody involved, even if they aren’t excited about missing out on sweets and treats at first.
It’s so easy to pull in for fast food, pop down to a vending machine on your lunch break, or grab a premade meal on your way home from work. To stop yourself from thinking with your stomach rather than your brain, plan ahead. Prepare meals for your day the night before, including snacks, drinks, and even seasonings or dressings. You can even pack a breakfast if you find yourself rushing in the morning and aren’t able to sit down and eat properly. Lora Grady of Chatelaine Magazine reports:
Planning your snacks in advance significantly contributes to losing weight. Keep high-fibre, high-protein fuel at the office. We love oatmeal or Greek yogurt sprinkled with chia seeds.
For those days that you forget your breakfast on the counter, or find yourself craving something sweet in the afternoon, keep a supply of protein bars, nuts, low fat granola, and even fruit at work or in the car so that you’ve always have a backup plan.
Get The Right Equipment
So you can’t afford a gym membership; this is no reason to deny your body the exercise that it requires. Get out and walk, jog, run, bike, hike, swim, or climb, and on rainy or snowy days invest in a few tools so that you can work out at home without leaving the house. A skipping rope, yoga mat, and a few hand weights can go a long way to give you the support and equipment that you need to tone your body without spending a fortune.
Make Better Choices
It may seem obvious that making better choices is a huge part of weight loss, and yet so many people still avoid this part of their fitness program. You’ve got to make the choice, and also make the effort to not just work out, but eat better on a regular basis. Reader’s Digest explains:
Don’t buy any prepared food that lists sugar, fructose, or corn syrup among the first four ingredients on the label.
This extends to outings and parties as well, as it can be difficult to stick to your plan when your friends are drinking beer and eating chicken wings. There’s nothing wrong with a little indulgent behavior now and then as long as you do so smartly. Have the wings without the sauce, drink water instead of alcohol, and for dessert choose fruit rather than cake.