4 Keys to Weight Loss
Wanting to lose weight can be so overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. Today, I want to share with you 4 simple things you can start doing to jump start your weight loss.
- MAKING A FOOD PLAN
The first key to losing weight is planning out your meals the night before. This is so easy, y’all. Simply get a sheet of paper or use the notes app on your phone & write down exactly what you plan to eat the next day. Don’t try to complicate it by changing anything- literally just write down what you plan on eating AND follow through with your plan. Following through on your plan is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to weight loss. Every night, assess your plan. Did you stick to it? Do you need to make a more realistic plan for the next day? I will share my planning method with y’all in a future post.
2. EAT WHEN YOU ARE ACTUALLY HUNGRY & STOP AT SATISFIED
I promise that if you only eat when you are actually hungry & stop at satisfied, you will lose weight. Satisfied is before full. It will probably take some trial & error to find that sweet spot, a helpful hint is to listen/look for the ‘sigh.’ Your body will naturally sigh when it is getting to the point of having enough food. Even if you are eating clean or very healthy, you can still be overeating. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve done several rounds of Whole30 & I now know I was overeating a lot of meals.
You should be drinking enough water so that your urine is a pale yellow. That amount will be different for everyone, but let’s start with a minimum of 64 oz/day of water. There really isn’t any pretty way to say it, but until you are serious about being hydrated, you won’t lose weight. Your body craves water, not cokes or other sugary drinks. Commit to drinking a few glasses of water before you have anything else. The first thing I do every morning is drink a bottle of water. Get a new water bottle or cup that you love – one with a straw or sport top works best for me.
Again, another boring, but crucial part in losing weight is getting enough sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours/night. I understand that sometimes that just isn’t possible. You may have a child who doesn’t sleep, or you may work nights & have to catch sleep where you can in between other things, or you might be a caretaker for someone who needs around-the-clock care, but try to fit in sleep when you can. This may mean saying no to invitations that require you to be out late or not watching the next episode of that show on Netflix, or getting off your phone earlier. Giving yourself a standard nighttime routine will also help you fall asleep easier. We do it with our kids, why does it have to stop just because we get older? Most people, myself included, thrive from having a routine.
Seems pretty simple, right? Notice I didn’t mention a thing about counting calories, points, macros, etc. Listen to your body, it is SMART!
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