Last week I shared a few summer health kick goals and reminded you that I once lost 45 pounds without trying. Were you wondering what the magic trick was?! Well, I do have nine weight loss tips for everyone that will help you be a healthier gal (or guy) but I promise there’s no instant trick that will have you shedding pounds. It took me probably about six months to see the results of my actions. And, I want to stress, if you’re losing 45 lbs. in one month, you should see a doctor, because that ain’t healthy. Also, I’m no professional here, I’m just speaking from experience, and what it comes down to is…
it’s all about self-love, yo.
Okay! Here are the goods. The top nine things I did to lose 45 pounds without even trying. Starting at number nine. You’re gonna want to read through because number one is a shocker.
Urge for the Surge :: Nine Weight Loss Tips for Everyone
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 09 :: Drink Lots of Water
I know you’ve heard it before, but water is fantastic! It flushes toxins and keeps you hydrated and it tastes great with everything. Water even helps with bad breath! Drink eight glasses a day. If you’re having another beverage, like a latte or some wine, get a glass of water to go with it, just to remind yourself to stay hydrated.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 08 :: Get Your Protein
I was a vegetarian in my early twenties, and while I know there are ways to do it healthily, it wasn’t working out for me. I started to see a hugely positive change in my energy levels as soon as I added some meat into my diet. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, make sure you’re getting that protein from things like green veggies, nuts, beans, quinoa, and hemp. Your diet needs to be balanced, and while a juice cleanse can be a great detoxifier, I’m not sure it’s a great long-term meal plan.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 07 :: Don’t Skip Breakfast
This one is huge. I always make sure I eat breakfast. I used to eat a boiled egg every morning, but I’ve switched to green smoothies + they are a delightful way to start the day. Adding the greens, berries, and protein powder makes me feel like I’ve started the day fresh, so no matter what I do for the rest of the day, I made that one good choice. If you’re not a fan of green smoothies make your breakfast protein rich. Eggs are a great staple, but you could do some sausages, or quinoa bowl, or steel cut oats to get the nutrition you need to start your day. Find what works best for you, but I don’t recommend making your brekkie carb heavy.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 06 :: Eat Non-GMO + Organic (When Possible)
When I started eating meat again, I made a pact with myself that I would only eat free-range meat. This eased my conscience as I gradually made the switch but also did something amazing for my health. It may seem like hooey, but genetically modified foods have a negative effect on our bodies. The hormones injected into that food enter our own system. And, what are those hormones meant to do to the food? Make ’em bigger!
BUT, the problem is, these non-gmo, free range, organic foods are pricey and if you’re on a budget you may have to make some sacrifices. Which is why I advocate for “when possible.” Because, if the only thing stopping you from eating a salad, for instance, or some steamed kale, is that it isn’t organic, then I’d say it’s best for your body to eat that rather than starve yourself until you can get something organic.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 05 :: Limit (or Eliminate) Fast Food
Another benefit from switching to free range meat is that I pretty much totally eliminated fast food from my diet. Our fast food system is built on cheap meat, so with that gone, I only had the occasional indulgence of French fries or ice cream cone. Even if you don’t choose to go free range, limiting your fast food intake will have a huge impact.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 04 :: Ditch what Doesn’t Feel Right for You
I used to be a heavy coffee drinker. I loved the stuff and the aroma still makes me happy, but when it started to make my stomach turn, I decided to ditch the stuff and switch to tea. Man, that felt good. Now, I’m not saying coffee is bad, but listen to your body. If you’re getting a funny reaction from cheese, ditch it. I know it’s embarrassing, but these awkward reactions are probably in the form of nasty farts. Other things I ditched or limited: soy, milk, cheese, dairy in general, sugar, wheat, and eggs.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 03 :: Ask for Help
I’m an emotional eater. Asking for help meant going to therapy and facing some of the many issues plaguing my mind. I was lucky enough to have a psychologist who specialized in my area of need and gave me tremendous confidence to invest in my happiness. I wasn’t seeing her to deal with my weight, but she helped me own my worth, which gave me confidence to make all the decisions above and start being happy. If there’s something that’s bothering you, please, please, please seek professional help. It can be scary at first to see the positive changes, but it’s worth it, I promise.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 02 :: Love the Skin You’re In
It’s easily said, harder done. We are bombarded with what the perfect human should look like, but we have to recognize that it’s totally fake, photoshopped, plumped, and tightened unnaturally. There’s no escaping it, but we can ignore it. You, however, are perfect as you are. Start loving your body, and, if you have to, fake it till you make it. Start looking at your least favourite part of your body and tell yourself it’s your favourite. Get some professional pictures taken, go to a spa, say a daily self-love mantra. It’s taboo for women to love themselves because we think it’s impolite or conceited, but we can be examples for how to show grace to ourselves in a positive and inviting way.
Weight Loss Tips for Everyone 01 :: Let Yourself Indulge
YES! You can have your cake and eat it too. I have struggled so much with a sugar addiction, yet telling myself to eliminate the stuff just causes more problems. What it comes down to is portion control and moderation. (i.e. indulge, don’t engorge!) I’m not saying don’t quit sugar, because I think there’s benefit in eliminating this drug, but don’t force yourself and don’t berate yourself for being human.
Also, let yourself indulge in non-food treats as well. Go see a movie, buy a new dress, take a vacation, you deserve it honey!
There you have it, my friends. My nine weight loss tips for everyone. You see, it’s about making small changes that revolve around self-love and self-care. If there’s one thing you do today, start a romance, with yourself! Give yourself a bundle of compliments, have a bubble bath, and listen to your favourite song, over and over again!