9 Simple Weight Loss Tips (Part 3 of 3)
Welcome to the third and final part of my 9 Simple Weight Loss Tips blog series.
If you haven't checked out part 1 or part 2 yet, you can do that here:
Part 1 -
Part 2 -
Once you have read through both of those, you are ready for part 3!
7. Have A Plan
Whether you write your own, or have someone do one for you, having a plan of attack can help you feel much more motivated and much less overwhelmed!
When you have a plan, you know what you need to do and it helps take a lot of the stress and guesswork out of the process.
It can also be a shortcut to results, especially if you have one done up by someone who is a professional.
But, having a plan done for you, isn't always a financially viable option. That's why I have two blogs to help you DIY it. You can learn how to write a full meal plan HERE. Or, if you want to learn how to count macros and take a flexible dieting approach, you can learn how to do that HERE.
Both of these blogs take you through the entire process of how to write a meal plan (or macro plan) that works.
As for an exercise plan, choose exercises that you enjoy, but that will also make sure you reach your goals. Let me know if you want me to dedicate a whole blog on how to write your own exercise plan in the comments below.
Or, if you want something completely custom, you can find out more about that HERE.
But having a meal and exercise plan is an absolute key to making progress and seeing results.
I am about to embark on a new 'project' with myself and at the moment I am writing my own plans (based off my macro plan that I blogged about). It is helping set the mood and tone of what I want to achieve, and also get myself into the right headspace to embark on this journey.
If you don't have a plan, it is easy to drift....
And then weeks and months can go by and you haven't gotten any closer to your weight loss goals.
By setting a plan, and then making adjustments over time, reaching your goals is inevitable.
8. Just Keep Going No Matter What
A lot of the time people don't see the results they want because they stop or give up too soon.
Life gets busy, things are harder than they expected, they get sick or suffer an injury... these are all things that can send you back to square one.
Now I know things change over time, and there will be times in your life that you can't be as committed as others.
Hey, even I just went through a pregnancy where I wasn't able to do much strenuous exercise from about 20 weeks onward, and for the first trimester I felt like I had a permanent hangover so doing any exercise was hard.
But as of next Friday, I should get the all clear to get back into the gym.
But, even despite of all this, I haven't stopped completely.
My diet has still been consistently whole foods based. I still have walked as much as I can, averaging about 3 or 4 walks per week since I got pregnant. Sure it's not my usual 'beast mode' workout regime, but I have stayed active and my body has rewarded me for that.
So go hard when you can, taper back when you need to. Just don't stop!
And the second you feel too many bad habits creeping in, give yourself a stern talking to and get back on track right away.
Cause the longer you leave it, the harder it will be.
Things change, plans evolve, but you should always find time to make something work if it is important to you. Even if it feels like it isn't 'enough' something small, is better than nothing at all.
9. One Or Two FREE MEALS Per Week
One massive mistake I see people making when they want to lose weight is they go to strict with their diet and then end up binging and feeling like a failure.
Then they lose their confidence, and feel like they shouldn't even try losing weight.
I have been in that situation before.
You've got to have balance!
My rule is all my meals healthy, whole foods... one (or two) free meals per week.
This allows me to try different fun foods, have a meal out with friends or family and still enjoy life.
But I still get to maintain my body, feel confident and happy.
Free meals can be anything you enjoy. I have heard them called cheat meals before - but I don't like the word cheat as I feel it implies you are cheating on a diet... which you aren't! It's called living.
Free meals are like free choice, you may choose the most decadent vegan brownies or a "healthier" loaded acai bowl like the ones I get from Cardamom Pod. Some weeks you may not even need a free meal, some weeks you might want two. But if you keep all other meals on point during the week, and don't have any sneaky treats or give in to late night cravings, this method works really well for weight loss, while still being able to have a bit of balance.
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks blog.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below... or in the Facebook group.
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