For many people, weight loss is a long-term goal. However, rather than planning for it and moving toward this goal now, many people put off indefinitely and plan to hit the gym or change their eating habits when they have more time.
Here is the secret: you will never have all the time you want. Whether it’s school, work, family, or a combination of all of the above, there will always be something to keep you from dedicating yourself to your weight loss.
What you need to do is decide right here and right now that you are ready to get healthy. Then, you can learn how to lose weight and become healthy without ever having to step foot inside a gym.
1. WATER, WATER, WATER
Making small changes in your routine and diet can help you change your habits in a sustainable way. One of the earliest changes you should make as your water intake.
Drinking enough water ensures that you are body is fully hydrated, minimizes your craving for sugary drinks, and helps you avoid that feeling of dehydration that you mistake for hunger.
To find out how much water you should drink every day, take your weight in pounds. Divide in two. That number is how many ounces of water you should be aiming to drink every day. If you struggle to drink water because it’s plain, consider adding fresh fruit to give it some flavor.
2. GETTING ACTIVE
There is no getting around this requirement. No matter how you decide to get active, you must maintain some level of physical activity to see consistent weight loss. The good news is that you can choose whatever makes you happy.
If you like running or you want to complete a 5K someday, consider starting with walking and working your way up to running. If you love to dance, take a Zumba class. If you have young children, make a point of getting to the park with them every day and running around with them.
It should be clear by now that it doesn’t really matter what type of activity you do—it just matters that you do it consistently.
3. YOUR DIET
You don’t have to be a nutritionist to make good changes to your diet. Basically, you want to get rid of the processed foods in your diet and rely on whole foods for the majority of your caloric intake. Primarily, your calories should come from fruits and vegetables.
The more processed food you get out of your diet, the better you should feel and look. These sorts of foods can cause bloating, making you look and feel heavier than you really are.
4. GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP
The final branch of your weight loss tree is getting enough sleep. Even if you stick to every other item on this list, you will not see progress if you are consistently getting less sleep than your body needs. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per day. See when you naturally wake up to figure out how much sleep you need.