Hey guys! So, as I said in my “You Are What You Eat” blog post, I’ve been on a health journey. The reason I began this journey is because last semester I fell victim to the freshman 15. I went into college weighing 113 pounds, and by the time Christmas came around I was 124. This was a reality check to me, and I decided to make major changes to my life. Today’s post is the tips I used when going about losing the weight I had gained, and how I’ve kept it off since January.
1. For every glass of sugar drink (non-water) you consume, have a glass of water the same size at the same time. It cleanses your system, and keeps you hydrated.
2. Stick to a schedule: eat and workout at set times.
3. Don’t restrict. Eat as much as you want, as long as they’re the right nutrients-filled food.
4. Cut back on animal products. Animal products contain a lot of fats your body holds onto.
5. Cut back on processed foods. They slow your system down, just like the animal products.
6. Love the labels. Learn to read and understand what the food labels mean.
7. Make an effort to track your nutrition. You want to make sure you’re getting enough of the right vitamins, protein, etc.
8. Don’t drink your calories.
9. When you go out to eat, have an idea of a healthy option– you don’t want to be caught off-guard if there isn’t anything for you to eat.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification or substitutions on menu items.
11. Snack right: know what you’re craving and what they mean. There’s a lot of charts that can help you understand what your body needs.
12. Know your limits and when to stop workouts. You don’t want to push yourself too much– yes, this is a thing!
13. Drink cold water: it’s good for your metabolism 🙂
14. Drink tea: it’s filled with anti-oxidants and boosts your metabolism.
15. Numbers aren’t everything. If you find yourself gaining weight, it may be your muscle mass increasing.
16. Monitor your progress: it proves to be extra motivation!
17. SLEEEEEEP!!!!!!! But not too much– yes, this is a thing, also. Only 8-10 hours, otherwise your blood cells end up losing oxygen which causes you to be drowsier (it’s a never ending cycle).
18. Remove distractions while eating. Set your phone to the side and focus on your food. It will help you know when you’re really full instead of mindless eating.
19. Prep your own food. You’re more likely to have the right serving sizes than if someone else prepares your food.
20. Use water to cook! A lot of people think there’s no healthy substitution of oil, but you can easily replace it with water, as long as you continuously add more as needed.
21. Don’t hate yourself if you slip up. #TreatYoSelf 🙂
**disclaimer: I am in no way a health expert. If you disagree with some of these tips, they’re just personal experiences that have worked for me!