Weight loss seems to be one of the biggest hypes right now. With all the shakes, programs, cleanses, and diets it all seems pretty overwhelming if you ask me. Below are some of my favorite healthy weight loss tips that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of clean water throughout each day is so vital to maintaining a healthy body! Not only does drinking clean water help eliminate toxins in the body, but it also helps flush out any excess waste that may have built up 😉 If you’re like me and often find yourself forgetting to drink water until the end of each day, try getting a fun water bottle (either glass or stainless steel) to carry around with you throughout each day. This will not only serve as a good reminder to drink plenty of water but is environmentally friendly as well!
Personally, depending on the weather and how active I am, I like drinking about 2-3 liters of water each day. This amount feels best to my body right now, but also changes from time to time. So what amount of water feels best to you?
Eat Slowly And Chew Well
When we take time to eat slowly and enjoy our food it gives our stomach enough time to signal our brain that we’re full. When we eat too quickly, our stomach doesn’t have enough time to signal our brain that we’re full, which can result in overeating. So take to really enjoy your food, one bit at a time.
Eat More Fiber
Fiber is essential if you’re looking for successful and frequent visits to the toilet 😉 When we don’t consume enough fiber our bodies have a more difficult time breaking down our food, which often results in a backup of waste in the body. Although, too much of a good thing can be bad sometimes, as well. Consuming too much fiber can cause food to move through the intestines too quickly, resulting in fewer minerals being absorbed in the body. This can then result in uncomfortable gas, and cramping.
So what’s the magic amount of fiber, every day? According to the Institute of Medicine, women need about 25 grams of fiber daily and men need about 38. Personally, I think the specific amount can vary from person to person depending on various factors. For me, I love eating a whole foods plant-based diet (eating until I’m totally satisfied). If I’m eating enough calories within plant-based foods, I typically get enough fiber. If not, I just listen to my body and eat accordingly.
Some of my favorite fiber-rich plant-based foods are…
- Flax and Chia seeds
When I stopped eating dairy I almost immediately noticed a difference in not only my skin but my energy levels, mental clarity, weight, and much more!
After studying nutrition at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I really dove deep into learning how specific foods can affect the body. When it comes to eating animal products (specifically dairy), our bodies have a hard time breaking down the enzymes of animals that are bigger than us. Which can result in bloating and digestive issues.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep!
When it comes to weight loss, the biggest debate right now seems to revolve around diet and physical activity. If you want to look great you need to ‘eat less and move more’… But it isn’t always that simple.
When our bodies don’t get enough sleep not only can our metabolisms slow down, but our mental focus, memory, and personal appearances can be negatively be impacted as well. Personally, I like getting anywhere between 8-10 hours of sleep at night simply because that’s what makes my body function and feel it’s best. So what amount of sleep feels best to you?
Load Up On Greens
Eating large quantities of healthy green vegetables will not only help you feel full, but give you energy, and assist in overall weight loss as well 😉
True, most people (including myself) don’t prefer eating large quantities of green veggies in one sitting. Something I like to do is sneak greens into my smoothies. Throwing in a handful of kale or spinach, along with some frozen fruit, actually tastes pretty good and leaves you feeling full and satisfied. There are so many ways to sneak some extra greens into your diet that can actually be enjoyable! Try experimenting with different ways you can incorporate more greens into your lifestyle and let us know what they are in the comments below!
Focus On Being Active, Rather Than Just ‘Working Out’
I don’t know about you, but I truly don’t enjoy working out. I love to hike, ride bikes, go for walks, and even take a pilates class here and there. The process of going to the gym, sitting in a crowded stuffy room, and repetitively doing the same thing each day, doesn’t really seem inviting to me… I’d much rather be active throughout each day. Whether that be going to a run in the park, riding your bike through the city, or even taking a swim somewhere. As long are you’re getting your heart rate up, you’re golden 😉
Drink (Unsweetened) Coffee
Good news coffee lovers – your daily indulgent can actually help you lose weight! Drinking coffee can not only boost your metabolic rate but can also act as an appetite suppressant because of the caffeine. It’s when you add the cream and sugar in that can pack on the extra pounds! If you’re like me though and prefer not drinking your coffee black, consider adding a dairy-free lightly sweetened creamer instead.
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Weight loss can vary from person to person. Some people have a higher metabolic rate and find it easier to lose weight, whereas others have a slower metabolic rate and find it more challenging to lose those extra pounds. Whatever your unique body is like, always remember to be gentle with yourself. Each body type is different, so what works for one may not work for another (so don’t compare your journey to someone else’s!). If healthy weight loss is your goal, consider experimenting with various tricks to see which is most effective for your unique body type and let us know in the comments below which ones are your favorite!