Do you work out? My best advice is find some type of workout that you actually enjoy! I have a gym membership but can never stick to it because I just hate being in there working out. Two months ago I signed up for this "inferno hot pilates" and yoga place near me, and I LOVE the pilates class, so much I find myself actually wanting to go (which is crazy for me, lol). Plus, after such a serious workout (it is like HIIT in a room heated to 95 degrees), I always am in the mood for more healthy food, so it has been working wonders for me! Find something you enjoy, whether that be dance, yoga, pilates, kick boxing, etc... and it'll be so much easier to stick with. Then, definitely try to eat clean! Keto is an AWESOME diet, but it can be difficult.
Clean eating, calorie tracking, and exercise. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. Be sure not to cut your calories too drastically.
Look up your BMR (basal metabolic rate) to see how many calories your body needs to function and NEVER eat less than that!
For me, I found it helpful to not have a list of off limits foods. Whenever I did in the past, I would always cave and eat way more of it than if I would have just let myself eat it in moderation in the first place. Also be sure to drink enough water.
Thank you! That is my problem as well. I use to go to the gym, but I found myself getting discouraged because I felt like I looked dumb just working out by myself and not know much about which workouts to do. Are there any like easy keto recipes you'd recommended? I've tried Keto before, but I've always fallen off the wagon.
Thank you! My biggest issue with calorie tracking is I forget to do it. Is there an app that you'd suggest that might help me?
Yeah, that is where I am at now. I have off limit foods, but when the weekend hits. It is so hard to stick to it. I've always heard portions and moderation. I just don't know how to start incorporating that or how much. If that makes sense.
I've lost about 70 lbs over the past few years but almost 40 of it has been the past year. I have also struggled with yo-yo dieting for most of my life. This past year, I've been following a nutrition program called 2B Mindset.. I had tried everything before, but this is the first thing that has really helped me to change my mindset around food and my weight. I agree with the others, clean eating, exercise and lots of water. Much easier said than done though, I know.
The 28 day jumpstart from Fit Girls Guide really helped me! Once you finish that you can repeat it or do the next step up. It’s a $20 ebook, which has recipes, a daily exercise routine that you can do without a gym, and their support group is on instagram. They also give you journal prompts.
If you have the budget, I'd definitely recommend hiring a personal trainer, at least for a couple months to get you started on track with proper nutrition and an exercise program. I lost 46 pounds over 2 years when I had mine. He had me working out 4-5 times a week, doing cardio and weight training for each work out. I also kept track of my food intake using MyFitnessPal (which I still use even though I no longer work out with my trainer). It's really about discipline. Motivation comes and goes and there will be days that you just don't care, but if you're disciplined, you'll make yourself stick with it and see the results.
I'd also say to don't call them "off limit" foods. If you deny your cravings, you'll eventually give in and binge. It's better to limit your treat foods (ex: I'll have a dessert with dinner on Saturday nights) or find ways to adjust them (remove the bun from a burger and have it lettuce wrapped instead and limit the condiments).
Thank you! I haven't even thought about a personal trainer. I wonder how much they'd be around here. Cravings are so weird. I usually don't crave unhealthy foods, but I feel like when I tell myself I can't have it. It is the worst.
CarbManager App is the BEST!! I used it for Keto but that diet just wasn't for me. Now that im eating only 1200 calories a day this app helps me track everything and gives you reminders throughout the day to enter in your food.
Right now im doing Intermittent fasting and in the 2 weeks ive been doing it ive lost 4lbs. Just by watching what I eat and only eat from 11am-7pm and not a crumb more!
The easiest way to lose weight and not be miserable is to make it a life style change and not a weight lose/diet that you plan to give up after your wedding.
I agree you should start by eating clean and just getting yourself active but I would say small steps at a time so you don’t quit half way through and then feel the need to crash diet before your big day.
Drinking more water always helps but that can get boring so mixing in teas, preferably low on sugar. A glass of water before eating can help with portion control as well. Or if you go out to eat ask for a Togo box with you food and divid your food in half before you begin eating.
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I also have an online accountability coach who helps with food choices and exercise plans. She’s much more affordable than a full on personal trainer and she’s very sweet. Her name is Britannee Taylor and she has a free FB group, Free to Be Nutrition. She does a free coaching phone call so you can get a feel of her program. It’s helpful for me to know that there’s someone else watching my food intake/exercise routine so I don’t make excuses for myself (I’m working on getting the discipline back! Haha).