losing weight

Losing weight (and keeping it off) can be an uphill lifetime battle for some. Not only is it taxing physically, but many people often suffer emotionally as well. Here are some simple strategies that will help you win the battle once and for all. 

Get a Teammate 

It is always easier to do anything in life when you have a strong support system. Whether this person is trying to also lose weight or they are just making sure you are held accountable, good teammates are priceless. 

Make Small, Realistic Goals

If you aim to lose 50 pounds in a week, you are going to be extremely disappointed when that scale barely moves at the end of 7 days. Instead, make easily obtainable goals. 

Lift Weights 

It's no secret that muscle burns fat. Strength train 2-3 times a week and that fat will start melting away faster than you can say "Super Size Me."

Avoid the Daily Weigh In

If you are constantly stepping on that scale to track your progress, you are going to drive yourself crazy. Losing weight should not become an unhealthy obsession, it should be the natural result of all your hard work. 

Eat a Treat

Denying yourself yummy food is going to just make you crave it more. Instead, allow yourself to indulge in one healthy treat once a week. 

Eat Carbs Correctly

Eat your carbs before you workout and then reduce complex carbs for the remainder of the day. 

JERF- Just Eat Real Food

A good rule of thumb is to eat food that only has one ingredient (fruits, veggies, meat.)

Keep a Food/Fitness Journal

There are lots of digital tools that will help ease this process. I happen to really like MyFitness Pal :)

Good luck! I know losing weight can feel like a chore, but if you follow these simple weight loss hacks, you'll be slim in no time. 

*image by Joshua Earle, Unsplash

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