Top 5 Ways You Can Start Losing Weight Today That Require No Effort
I have started this weight loss process more times than I can remember. A few times I was successful in the short term (meaning I was able to lose quite a bit of weight, however, I have never kept it off for more than 6-8 months). However, more often than not, I have not been successful. Last night, I logged my food and was greeted by this message.
I was ecstatic. While in the grand scheme of things, 20 days is not a very long time. However, it is the longest that I have been able to keep up with this process in over a year. In 2017, I have declared every Monday and/or 1st of the month my time to start over. My time to lose weight. And it has not happened.
It never happened.
Even when I was faced with a medical issue where my doctor impressed upon me the need to lose weight. I didn’t do anything about it. My brain understood the ramifications of not losing weight.
I knew what would happen but my stomach wasn’t in it. My head wasn’t in it. It was as though one part of my brain had information and it was not willing to share it with the rest of my brain or my body for that matter.
My heart just wasn’t in it. I have heard before that you can’t lose weight unless you REALLY want to. I mean I thought I really wanted to but I guess I wasn’t ready to make the necessary changes and sacrifices that losing weight would require.
After looking at the message from Lose It, I started to ask myself some questions:
What makes this time different?
Why was I able to start off with a strong start and not look back?
How am I able to take my kids out for pizza and sit and be happy watching them eat while I wait until I get home?
How do I get myself to the gym each night even when I do not want to.
What makes this time different?
I began to think of things that I did then and compare them to what I am doing now. I realized there are some things that I have in common with each time I have maintained this process for more than a day.
A Weight Loss Process That Works
Don’t Wait Until Monday
There are 52 Mondays in a Year. Many people say they will start their weight loss process on a Monday but do not succeed. In my case, there was always another Monday coming and I knew I could just restart. This time, I just decided that I was going to lose weight right here and now. I didn’t give myself much time to think about it, I just did it.
Start Logging Your Food
My back was killing me. I had no energy. I stepped on the scale and saw a number that I never saw before. I knew something had to happen. I downloaded a food tracking app that I had used a little bit before, completely reset my account and decided that if I was going to do nothing else, I would start logging my food. I wanted to get a good grasp of what I was eating. If you were to ask me I would swear to you that I wasn’t eating too much. But I knew something had to be going on because I was putting weight on. So I tracked and two things happened: 1. I was more aware of everything I was putting in my mouth and 2. I realized how much all of those little tastes, handfuls, and munches add up.
Drink All of Your Water
Experts have been telling us for years that drinking water is important for your body and your health. Usually, you are told to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. However, more recent research suggests that you should drink half of your body weight in water. Luckily, I like the taste of water. So this I not an issue for me.
I think more important than drinking water comes from drinking calories. It is so easy to have a glass of juice or soda along with a meal. That is 120 calories or more per serving. Take one of your drinking glasses. Pour water into in using a measuring cup. When I did this I found that our everyday drinking glasses held 12 oz. That is a serving and half. Think about how many extra calories you are taking in f you drink juice or soda.
I started to realize just how much I use my children for simple things I could do myself:
“Can you get me a glass of water?”
“Pass my laptop charger, please.”
“Can you help me make my bed?”
Does this sound familiar? I am not an invalid and I’m usually not doing anything that is preventing me from doing these tasks myself. If I am honest with myself, I was being lazy and just didn’t feel like moving. I decided to stop acting as though my children are my butlers.
Moving more does not have to mean getting out to the gym or running 5 miles every day. Just start does things you wouldn’t normally do. All of those daily tasks quickly add up! Seeing my daily steps increase each day motivates me to keep going. If I do have a day where we are not doing much, I am finding myself disappointed that I don’t have more steps.
Use Moderation – a.k.a Don’t Go Cold Turkey
My final tip is I am not eliminating any food groups right now. I am also not saying that I can’t have certain things. Right now I am focused on planning ahead so I am able to stay within my allotted calories for the day. (Find out how many calories you need here.)
If there is a special occasion, I’m not going to allow myself to feel deprived because that may lead to binge eating later. The second day I decided to make a change in my eating habits, we celebrated my daughter’s birthday. I had pizza and a small piece of birthday cake and still managed to stay within my daily budget for calories. I have even gone to Starbucks many days. I’m finding that planning ahead and having smaller portions is helping me feel “normal”.
Have you started a new health or fitness plan? What has helped you in your process? Leave a comment below to let me know if you have been successful.
Disclaimer: I am not a health or fitness expert. I am simply documenting what is working for me. Please consult your doctor if you have questions about beginning a weight loss or fitness plan.