5 Tips to Simplify Your Weight Loss Journey
The more we can simplify a plan, the better we can stick to it.
With life being so busy and fast-paced for many of us, the simpler something is to follow, the more likely we are to be consistent with it. Once you’ve stuck to it for long enough, it becomes a habit. Choices become actions, actions become habits, and habits become our character.
In the case of weight loss, it is very easy to only focus on the numbers, disregarding how you actually feel about the process. Albeit difficult, your weight loss journey doesn’t necessarily have to be the sole focal point of your life, detracting you from other areas that need even more attention. As mentioned above, the simpler it is, the more likely it becomes a lifestyle.
Here are some tips to help you keep consistent when trying to shed some pounds.
1. Track your calories
Losing weight comes down to energy balance. It’s simple: If you want to lose weight you are going to need to be in a calorie deficit, so you have to burn more calories a day than you’re eating. Tracking calories and planning out your day of eating gives you more freedom, and if you hit a plateau you can see if you have had a few higher calorie days or if you need to increase your deficit.
2. Control hunger
It’s inevitable you’re going to get hungry if you are trying to get lean. A few tips to help you control your hunger are:
- Stay hydrated, as people often confuse thirst for hunger.
- Eat low-calorie high-volume foods, for example eating a good portion of leafy greens with all your meals can help you feel full.
- Avoid liquid calories, such as sugary drinks or booze.
3. Eat enough protein
Eating protein is important to retain muscle mass during weight loss, so hitting your protein goal every day is important. A good rough estimate is 1 gm of protein per Lb of body weight. Protein also has a high-satiation level so a diet high in protein is going to keep you feeling full. A good rule to use if you’re not tracking your calories and macros is to have protein in every meal.
4. Track your steps
Tracking your steps is a good way to keep your NEAT (Non-energy activity thermogenesis) levels higher and burn more calories. Set a goal of steps per day and hit it: a good number to start with is 8000-10000 steps.
5. Improve your sleep
Sleep is really important for so many factors of your recovery, and it’s healthy. It also has an effect on your weight loss.
Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep tend to gain more weight. Not sleeping enough can increase your appetite by affecting your hormones. If you’re tired you are also more likely to pick easy options for food that may not fit in with your caloric and macro goals for the day.
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