It's easy to become overwhelmed when we're trying to lose weight. But you don't have to be. Stop over-thinking and start doing. Skip the fads and be real.
Start with changing the small habits that are holding you back. Here are seven things you can do to lose weight. Even just following a few of these will help you reach your goals.
1. Find a Fitness Program You Love
Find a way to work out that doesn't feel like work. That way, instead of dreading exercise, you will actually look forward to it.
If you haven't found the thing you love yet, try lots of different things. For example, if you don't like running then consider swimming. If you do better when you're instructed, get a trainer or try a group fitness class. On the other hand, if you aren't quite so comfortable working out in front of other people, explore streaming options or invest in home fitness equipment. There's a workout for everyone out there. You just have to find it.
2. Walk Everywhere
Walking with proper form, especially at a fast pace, can lean out your legs much more than doing one workout and sitting on your couch the rest of the day. Buy a Fitbit or any tracker and aim for 10,000-15,000 steps a day.
If you live in a suburban or rural area, where you need to do a lot of driving, you can still find ways to walk. Choose the farthest spot when you park at the grocery store or mall. Instead of driving to the next shopping center, stay parked and walk there. Take regular or nightly walks in your neighborhood. Adopt a dog that can also be your fitness partner.
3. Avoid Extra Carbs before You Workout
Unless you're running a marathon, skip the pre-workout carbs. If you want to burn fat, do some fast cardio or have some light veggies or protein before a workout. Keep snacks such as pre-packaged servings of nuts or protein bars with you at all times so you won't be tempted to reach for something unhealthy.
4. Take Active Rest Days
Just because you did boot camp for an hour yesterday and feel sore doesn't mean you should lie on the sofa for the better part of today. You can be active on your rest days by choosing less strenuous activities. Take a stretch class or even just stretch on your own. Pilates is also a great option as long as you avoid overusing heavy springs.
5. Find New Ways To Boost Your Metabolism
Treat yourself to an infrared sauna or cryotherapy session. If you're short on time, cryotherapy is the way to go because sessions rarely last more than three minutes. If you aren't into feeling cold, infrared saunas are a great way to sweat out toxins and bloat. They can also be very relaxing.
6. Stay Accountable
It's easy to slip or believe your own excuses for not staying fit. So, find a way to hold yourself accountable. Buy a cute journal (like this one from Bando) or log it in your phone. There are also lots of apps you can download such as My Fitness Pal. If you prefer to connect with people who have similar goals, consider a private Facebook group or even just texting a friend daily.
7. Stay Active
Even if you only have 20 to 30 minutes a day, you can walk, stretch or do a quick, but intense workout. Just keep moving!