I lost a lot of weight 2 years ago, about 24 pounds. Since that moment, I’ve been trying to keep a healthy lifestyle because I want to avoid any serious illness in the future and mantain my weight (also, who doesn’t want to lose a few pounds after holidays?)
I’m not an expert nor a nutritionist so I’ll not give you a full diet but tips that work for me. I hope you find this tips useful and maybe not everything will suit your lifestyle but at least you get an idea of what can you do to improve your choices.
- Try that most of your meals are balanced. This means you need veggies + protein + carbs + fats. Stick to good omega fats like nuts, avocado, tuna, etc. Your veggies should be more than anything else in your plate.
- Always eat your breakfast. If you don’t have anything for breakfast, your metabolism will slow down. You need at least 5 small meals a day to keep your metabolism fast and working, this is what makes you more energetic during the day. If you don’t have a lot of time, have a whole-grain cereal bar, an apple, fruit with low fat yogurt, etc.
- Drink water, at least 2 litres daily. It could be water, tea, coffee or milk. Just remember that caffeine dehydrates you a little bit so drink an extra glass of water if you had too much coffee.
- Know your calorie needs. We all need a different goal of calories in a day because our activities and heights are different. You can easily know your caloric needs in several pages dedicated to that. Maybe you won’t count calories, but you get the basic idea of how much you really need to eat.
- Plan your meals. Maybe it’s hard, especially if you have a difficult schedule. You can make a big bowl of salad that could last you a week in your refrigerator, you can take sandwiches for lunch at work or if you have the luck to have a microwave you can take a stew with veggies. You have a lot of options, just try to find them.
|This is what I used to take to school for 8 hours of classes. Turkey sandwich with veggies, strawberry cereal bar, apple sauce and two cookies just in case I need aditional energy (it was the day I was spoiling myself!).
This counts as 2-3 small meals.
- Make at least 30min exercise everyday. There are no excuses, I used to be very lazy about this and said I didn’t have time, but you absolutely can find 30min in your day! Try spinning, jogging, aerobic… something you like and keeps you entertained.
- If you feel hungry in between your meals think if you really need to eat again. Maybe you’re just bored, or most of the time you’re just thirsty. Try chewing gum if you need to have something in your mouth (I do this when I’m studying and I feel stressed)
- Have something that you like every now and then. If you are quitting everything you love and stick to a rigid diet, chances are you get sad and depressed because you’re not eating the things you love. Have a couple of cookies, a few chips or something that you really like every now and then.
- If you are going to weigh yourself, do it in the morning before breakfast. We all weight 1-2 pounds more at night.
- Avoid red meats as much as possible, they’re full of trans fat. I prefer chicken breast, turkey and tuna.
- Be patient. Losing weight takes time, don’t be hard on yourself if you aren’t losing it as fast as you would like, try to see this “diet” as your new lifestyle and embrace it. Let’s face it, if you make a diet and then return to eat as before, you’re just going to gain back all that weight. This is something you must do all your life.
I think that’s all I can think of right now. As I said, I’m not an expert or a professional in this area, but I think this tips are healthy and achievable for everyone.
Stay healthy and stylish! Good luck ;)