Searching for weight loss advice that you can actually abide by? If you’ve ever google’d “weight loss tips” in hopes of finding relatable, food-friendly guidance, you’ve probably been disappointed in your search results… until now.
After spending hours on the web searching for the right health & wellness blog to provide you with general a sense of direction for your new weight loss journey, you’ve realized that finding something you’ll actually be able to commit to is going to be harder said than done. Some blogs promote crash dieting techniques that will borderline kill you, while others encourage you to limit your food selection to nothing but fruit, nuts, or raisins. Where’s the fun in that?
If you’d rather not sacrifice your love of food and free-time for the likes of a unappetizing fruit & raisin diet, we don’t blame you. Believe it or not — shedding that un-wanted fat may not be as hard (or time consuming) as you may think! We had the opportunity to interview Winnie Liong, a graduated Food & Nutrition student with a killer blog full of delicious recipes & fitness advice, who gave us the run-down on what it really takes to drop a few extra pounds. Here are 5 Tip’s to get you going in the right direction:
1. Eat breakfast.
First things first, skipping meals is an absolute no-no. If you want to lose weight, you’ll need to incorporate a balanced diet — which means starting your day off with a nutritious meal. “Make sure you have protein, complex carbs and healthy fats,” said Winnie. “Protein & healthy fats keep you full longer. Complex carbs give you energy during the day. My idea of a great breakfast is 1 slice wheat toast topped with 1/4 avocado, 2 scrambled eggs and a cup of almond milk.”
2. Pack your meals and snacks.
Most of your un-healthy eating is a result your hectic schedule, right? Packing your lunch for work and bringing healthy treats with you to the gym will prevent you from reaching for unhealthy snacks and submitting to the evil forces of fast-food. “Some great snacks I recommend are hardboiled eggs, string cheese, wheat crackers, carrots with hummus, fresh fruit or a small handful of nuts,” said Winnie. “These are all my go-to’s!”
3. Control you portions, but don’t over-do it.
If you want to stick to your commitment, you’ll need to actually enjoy your eating regimen. A common misconception of loosing weight comes from people thinking they need to skip meals or go on a low carb diet. Instead of torturing yourself by quitting carbs cold turkey, simply pay closer attention to your intake. Yes, it’s that easy.
“Losing weight does not require sacrificing your social life or things you enjoy. You may need to make a few sacrifices, but never anything that will make your healthy lifestyle change cause you to be unhappy. Heavy restrictions & not allowing yourself enjoy the journey will be harmful in the long run.”
Winnie’s advice? Take it slow and enjoy the journey!
4. Find your fitness routine.
Get hooked on a training program that consists of both strength and cardio. “Cardio helps burn fat while strength training builds lean muscle mass,” Winnie says. “Ultimately, both work together to maximize weight loss while preserving muscle mass.”
Though you’ll need a solid fitness routine (working out at least 2-3 times a week), you can’t work off an unhealthy diet. ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN! In order to lose weight the healthy way, you need to have a well-balanced diet.
5. Incorporate anti-lazy techniques.
Instead of going about your day as you normally would, try infusing some extra activity here and there. Winnie suggests walking down the street to the grocery store instead of driving, or taking the stairs over riding the elevator. If you really commit, you may even choose to park in distanced parking spots instead of lazily fighting cars for the closest spaces. It’s the little steps that make huge differences overtime!