It’s about midway through January—often the time when people start slacking off from their healthy resolutions.
Maybe your workout routines are getting boring, or you’re eating healthy but not seeing the scale budge.
It may be time to refocus and remind yourself why you started this journey.
Here are a list of five (more!) tips for weight-loss success to carry you through.
1) Make the Most of Your Calorie Budget
Sometimes spending a large portion of your calorie budget on something decadent is worth it! A yummy cupcake or a small bag of chips once in a while can satisfy those cravings.
But you know, when you are trying to lose weight, unhealthy snacks don’t provide you with much fuel or sustenance within that limited calorie budget.
Whether you are consuming 1200 calories a day or 2000 calories a day, an excellent tool for success is to make the most of your budget.
It means using substitutions when you can, and all it takes is a little extra planning and research.
Maybe you love your coffee with cream, and the thought of drinking it black does not interest you. Instead, try using milk or a dairy-free alternative for a lower calorie cup of joe. Other ideas could be swapping your pasta for spaghetti squash and making cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice.
These simple alternatives can make a huge difference when you’re trying to stay within a limited budget—a bonus is being able to eat larger portions of these alternatives.
2) Get excited about working out
Maybe you’re looking to start working out, or you are stuck in an exercise rut where you desperately need a change.
You need to find a workout routine that excites you and one you’ll stick with.
Due to the pandemic, many gyms have been forced to shut down.
But don’t fret! With the rise in popularity of at-home workout programs, there is something for everyone. There is no shortage of options, from walking routines for beginners to High-Intensity Interval Training for more seasoned athletes.
If you’re a newbie in working out, it’s always best to consult with your doctor and begin with something low impact. Here is a program that offers a wide array of walking workouts that are sure to get your heart rate going.
3) Plan, plan, plan!
You’ve probably come across a healthy recipe and thought, “that would be perfect,” and then promptly forgotten about it.
Life gets busy, but if you make a conscious effort to plan healthy, delicious meals, you won’t be tempted to order take-out or make unhealthy choices because it’s too late and you’re too tired to cook.
Choosing one day a week to meal prep can make a huge difference. You don’t need to cook the whole meal, but prepping the more time-consuming ingredients such as produce, will save time, and you’ll likely waste less food!
4) Portion control
Chances are if you’re trying to lose weight, you pay attention to the nutrition information, particularly the amount of calories.
How many times have you looked at the calories on the side of an ice cream container and thought, “that’s not so bad,” and then proceeded to fill up your bowl because it’s only 200 calories, right?
Half a cup is about the size of a tennis ball.
So before you simply gaze at the number of calories, please remember that your serving size and the suggested serving size are often two different things!
It may be daunting to measure everything out, but spending that extra time measuring and weighing foods will ensure accuracy and success.
If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have access to your food scale or measuring cups, check out this handy article for an easy measuring reference.
5) Remember your WHY
What was it that drove you to want to make healthy changes in the first place?
Was it for better health—to rock an enviable beach bod, or to have more energy for your kids?
Whatever it is, remember it. Write it down, and use it as inspiration. Weight-loss is a journey with many unexpected twists and turns.
You may start strong but lose momentum half-way through. If you always remind yourself of that driving force, you’ll be able to push through those darker times.