Summer is here, and many of us are quickly trying to shed the winter pounds. It can seem like a daunting task if you don’t know where to begin. Here are some quick tips to get you started on the right track.
Eat Nutrient-Dense, Whole Foods
In the western world, consumers have become very accustomed to processed foods. As foods are processed, they are stripped of nutritional value. Plus, processed foods often have mysterious “natural flavorings.” When you commit to eating whole foods, you always know what you are eating. Many weight loss Winnipeg professionals will tell you the key to staying away from processed convenience foods is to meal prep. Plan your meals for the week, hit the grocery store, and meal prep on the weekends.
Get a Daily Dose of Activity
Exercise is important for any weight loss plan. This can be a challenge for many who have sedentary jobs. Getting the blood pumping every day is nonnegotiable for long-term health. A workout first thing in the morning is the best way to get it done. If you can’t start off your day with exercise, schedule it. You don’t need more than 30 minutes for an effective workout. If you can’t get a full 30 minutes, take a 15-minute walk midmorning and another when you get home.
Find an Accountability Partner
It can be very easy to justify bad decisions when no one else knows about it. However, if you have to justify things to someone else, you’re more likely to find ways to overcome obstacles. Find a partner to keep yourself motivated. You might find workouts more enjoyable with a friend. Similarly, meal prepping can be a great time to chat and laugh about life. If you don’t have anyone to rely on, search for “weight loss support” to find local support groups. Logging activities and meals on a calendar hanging in your house (where others can see it) is another great way to hold yourself accountable.
Follow these tips and you will be set up for long-term weight loss success. Remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint. Small changes lead to sustainable results.