Just like a lot of people, I am pretty keen on the idea of losing weight regardless of whether or not I exercise each day. With a busy lifestyle and the pressure to maximize productivity each day, I like having the comfort of knowing if I don’t get some extra movement in, I will continue my weight loss journey.
People have their own reasons for avoiding exercise and it doesn’t necessarily mean they are lazy; some people have anxiety disorders, some are shy because of how much weight they have put on, and some work full time jobs while going to school, AND raising a family. No matter what your circumstance is, know that most of your weight loss is determined by diet. So here are the things I make a point to do in order to lose weight.
I am going to be honest, although I like cooking and baking when I am in the mood, I am NOT one to prep a weeks worth of food in one go or cook a little each day. To clarify, when I bring up meal prep, I am not talking about just planning what you are going to eat for the day, I mean planning for the ENTIRE week and creating those meals in bulk. At this point you are probably wondering how I am able to meal prep; well, I don’t do it myself. Unfortunately, I am not super enthusiastic about changing my cooking habits, so I splurge on healthy meals each day (as much as I love saving money, I have a rule for myself that I will never put money before my health).
Personally, I like to use a local company call Foodie Fit but since most of you don’t have them near you, I will go ahead and list some nationwide meal prep services for your convenience.
- Flex Pro Meals
- Fit Prep Meals
Notice that I am not listing companies like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig. This is because I honestly find these companies make it hard for people to lose weight as they provide bad tasting food that isn’t fresh. On top of that, these companies don’t help people to adopt a healthy lifestyle; if they were to choose to get off the meal plans provided by the company, they would be completely screwed! Think of someone who is trying to establish good eating habits; the type preparation they make you do is way too similar buying unhealthy freezer dinners and popping them into the microwave. So once you decide you are ready to eat healthy on your own, you have no idea how to do it! As result, you end up just returning to what is familiar to you. While I understand that can be an appeal for some who are afraid to venture too far from their current eating habits, I can’t get behind it.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
I have made it my personal goal to drink about a gallon of water per day to help me stay full longer, and it works! Before when I was already in pretty good shape I was consistently instructed by a well known professional fitness competitor to not drink right before, during, or after meals. However, this is difficult for me to do right now; once I get back down to the weight I am comfortable with though, I will be sure to practice this important fitness advice I was once given.
So what I do is whenever I am having meals, I make sure to drink a tonof water in between bites. To help me feel full longer, I also spread out the amount of time in between bites if I have some extra time on hand.
WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EACH MORNING
This one is pretty difficult for me to do since I live with a night owl that go to bed at varying times throughout the week. Before I decided to lose the weight I had gained over the past two years, I was and still am susceptible to the night owl lifestyle. My default has always been to go to sleep at 4 AM or later and then wake up the following afternoon ready for the next all nighter. Bad news for me, it is difficult to lose weight with this type of sleeping schedule. I have found I am more prone to poor eating habits if I am awake later as I tend to get cravings and urges to eat at random times because I am waking up at varying times. So do yourself a favor a TRY to sleep early and at the same time so that you can eat at the same time each day.
EAT EVERY FEW HOURS
This tip is a really important one to remember! Every day you should have a rough eating schedule. Having a meal every 3-4 hours seems to work for most people as it keeps away those awful cravings and as a bonus, keeps your energy levels high. The great thing about eating every few hours is that after a while, your body gets so used to it, you don’t need to worry about referring to the clock over and over throughout the day. Your body will let you know you’re hungry, and since you aren’t eating foods that spike your blood sugar, you know it’s telling the truth.
PRACTICE PORTION CONTROL
Portion control is probably the easiest rule to follow since I have my meals prepped for the week. Not only are my macro nutrients taken care of with my meals, the portions are as well. I always have the comfort of knowing I am not going to overeat and that I WILL be full at the end of eating as each meal is packed with protein.
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