As I always I’m here to provide you with some great and valuable information you are going to be able to apply to your everyday life! When writing about how to lose weight effectively for women, I decided to start from the beginning and provide you with advice about what to do before you even start to try losing weight.
One of my favourite quotes is by Winston Churchill who said:
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail”
This could not be more true when it comes to weight loss. So here are my top tips to help you prepare and plan for your weight loss journey.
With any new venture, such as planning for how to lose weight effectively for women the key is to get organised and eliminate all the clutter (i.e: Junk Food) and to start afresh. All you need to do is follow the simple steps below to get weight loss ready.
Remove every item (yes, I mean everything!) from your kitchen cupboards to see what lies inside. Chances are, you’ll find you have multiples of the same item (How did I buy four packages of salt?). Instead of throwing away your hard-earned money on more of the food you already have, keep one item on hand and put the rest in storage or donate to a food bank.
Items to eliminate are those one-way tickets to weight gain, including those filled with refined white flours or sugars (e.g., cookies, white crackers, candy, certain types of granola bars or cereals, soda, pudding, etc). Watch out for the “100 calorie” snack food: While the portion control in these treats is definitely good, many weight loss seekers find they have difficulty eating just one. Many of these snack foods are also filled with white sugar or artificial sweeteners, which can contribute to your energy fluctuations and sugar cravings. Remember: Having cravings doesn’t mean you’re weak! However, it is likely that you are biochemically “off” from eating too many of the wrong types of calories (i.e., those derived from processed and packaged foods).
How can we expect to pack our fridge with delicious, nutrient-dense foods if our shelves are packed with an outrageous amount of bottles, jars and containers? Take the time to remove everything from your fridge and put it on your kitchen counter. Before you put the food back into your fridge, ask yourself these questions.
- Is this food past expiry date?
- Will I eat this food?
- Is this food healthy for me?
Similar to being more effective while working at an organized desk, people have greater success at weight loss once their fridge is organized and clean.
Check your food labels and ingredient lists. For example, many food items that are labeled “low fat” are actually quite high in sugar. Simply look at your ingredients list to see if one of the first few words listed are sugar, cane sugar or glucose. If so, beware: these foods will not satisfy you long term, will cause weight gain and will increase sweet cravings. As a general rule, if the ingredient list has words you can’t pronounce, or more than five ingredients that you are unable to identify, it will not be good for your overall health – or your waistline.
The next key component to you succeeding on this journey is to set goals. To give you a better understanding of the importance of goal setting read this
Write down your goals and stick it up somewhere that you will read it everyday (I keep mine stuck to the front of my fridge). As you achieve them, be sure to cross them off and add new ones.
When setting these goals, you need to be goals that you can reach. Focus on small, attainable goals that will lead to long-term healthy changes. If you set hard to reach goals, failing to achieve them can lead to slipping back into your old habits.
- Make your goals specific. Saying you want to “lose weight” won’t keep your hand out of the cookie jar. Make a plan to lose two pounds a week or run a certain distance without stopping by the end of the month.
- Take things one step at a time. Small, incremental goals are easier to meet.
- Focus on overall health. For every weight-loss goal you set (lose 20 pounds, take two inches off your waist), make one for your overall health. Examples include eating fresh food at every meal, lowering your cholesterol, or walking an extra five minutes each day.
- Plan for setbacks. When changing behavior, slip-ups are inevitable. Identify potential roadblocks (a friend’s dinner party, work function, birthday party) and make a plan for staying motivated when these happen.
By now you should have a clear plan of attack when it comes to how to lose weight effectively for women.
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