It’s that time of year again!
Halloween buckets are still bursting with candy, turkey, and stuffing is right around the corner, and Christmas cookies are already dancing in our heads.
With temptation everywhere, it’s a difficult time to focus on losing weight and keeping it off. The key to a safe and successful weight loss is adopting a healthy lifestyle that fits you and your needs. The following ideas are healthy, realistic ways to get your life back on track and conquer your weight and fitness goals. Here are six tips for losing weight and keeping it off.
Start with small, realistic goals.
Start your new lifestyle off realistically. Set yourself up for success by setting detailed yet practical goals.
Make yourself a goal to lose 10% of your body weight and give ample time to do it. Setting unrealistic expectations early on will make you feel overwhelmed and hopeless.
Get plenty of rest.
Studies show that not getting enough rest leads to weight gain. Plenty of sleep is good for the body and mind. Adequate sleep also aids in making consistent and positive lifestyle choices.
Essential goals like eating healthy and staying active will go by the wayside if you feel tired and have no energy. The average person needs at least eight hours per night but decide what works best for you. If you wake up feeling recharged and refreshed, you are getting enough rest.
Pack protein in your breakfast.
Start your day off right with a healthy, protein-packed breakfast. Including protein-rich foods such as eggs and veggies in your first meal will aid in weight loss and help you avoid unhealthy snacking throughout the day. Some delicious but high protein breakfast ideas include:
- Peanut butter pancakesBlueberry and nut parfait
- Egg and cheese sandwiches
- Protein-packed smoothie
- Avocado omelet
- Overnight oats
You do not have to go crazy with a rigorous fitness routine; find an active plan that works for you and your life.
Walking is an excellent way to burn calories, and research shows that just 30 minutes of walking a day helps burn fat.
Drinking enough water throughout the day is essential for your overall health and can help you maintain a healthy weight.
People who stay hydrated have been shown to consume fewer calories. It also helps bone health, organ function and aids in healthy skin.
Surround yourself with support.
Find a weight loss buddy to help motivate you and hold you accountable. Research shows that people are more successful when they have a friend to share in their journey. Support groups are also beneficial, and don’t forget about your doctor.
At The Simple Clinic, we are here for you and all your health needs. If you are ready to put yourself first and kick start your new lifestyle, give us a call today. We will put together a comprehensive and individualized plan to help you realistically meet all your weight loss goals.
Losing weight isn’t always easy, and sometimes we may need some extra help. We can help you achieve your nutrition, fitness, and medication therapy goals. If you’re not living a healthy lifestyle and are ready to make a change, contact The Simple Clinic today!