1. Stop Eating Junk
It’s that simple. Just stop putting junk into your body. If you eat crap, you’ll look like crap, and you’ll feel like crap. You are what you eat and you eat what you are. If you are lazy, you eat “lazy food” or, in other words, total junk that takes 1 minute to heat up, or 30 seconds to order on the phone.
Losing weight is not rocket science. Make a choice. How bad do you really want it? Do you really want to lose weight, and be sexy as hell, or you just say you want it. There’s a big difference. If you really, really, REALLY wanted to lose weight – you wouldn’t be overweight in the first place. Decide how important this is in your life.
People that really want to stay in shape and lose fat do not consume crappy, oily, heavy food. So stop eating junk. That’s the first and most important step to losing weight.
2. Stop Drinking Junk
Water is your drink of choice if you are serious about weight loss. If you are drinking beer – you DO NOT want to lose weight, you just say you do, but you don’t.
Coke? Sprite? Forget about it. Self-discipline is a must. If you have no control over yourself and your impulses, then you’ll never be able to lose the fat. Be strong. Don’t give into your desires. Water, fresh juices, tea. That’s it.
3. Work Out Every Day
If you can’t put aside 30-45 minutes per day to exercise, then you’re not serious about weight loss, you’re just kidding yourself. 30-45 minutes per day is NOTHING compared to the happier life you’ll have once you look your best and feel like a queen.
I often see women that have this… really dumb image of weight loss… they think it’s something painful where you literally have to STARVE yourself to death. You don’t! Just don’t eat crap, and exercise every day. It’s that simple.
You don’t even have to count calories! If you work out, but you eat crap, then you’re wasting your time. If you eat okay food, but you never saw the gym in your life – again, you won’t have any significant results to show. You need both – good food and good exercise, not junk food and no exercise, or junk food and some exercise (then you’re just wasting your time).
4. Set a Goal
Measure your progress. Just looking at yourself in the mirror is not enough. Have a goal and think about it every day. Repeat the goal to yourself. Say it out loud and accept it. Be specific. Your goal can’t just be to “lose weigh” or “stay in shape” – say exactly how much you want to lose and in what time. Don’t make a totally unrealistic goal, but have one that’s achievable with a lot of effort.
Think big and believe in yourself. You can achieve it if you believe it.
Keep in mind that weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. You need to be patient and persistent. Day by day, you eat better and you exercise – do that for a long enough time, and you’ll look fabulous. There are no magic pills or quick fixes – forget about losing 50lbs in a week. Think long term. Make a plan and start working on it – today.
5. Check What Your Body Reacts Badly To
Some people eat all day and they never get fat. They eat junk food, oily stuff and totally don’t care about what they put into their body – but they’re still skinny. How do these girls do it? They have a different (faster) metabolism.
It’s possible that you digest food too slowly, or just not quite right. When you have a faster metabolism, you digest food faster and your body is cleaner. Go and check which foods your body does not react well to. Maybe you eat potatoes, but your body has problems with digesting it, or you eat a lot of bread, or tomatoes, anything – your body could be less tolerable of it.
It’s possible that just by eliminating some foods from your diet, you’ll lose weight with very little, to almost no effort what so ever. Test yourself and see.
6. Eat At the Same Time Every Day
This is why the “starve yourself” to lose weight strategy rarely works. You want to lose weight, so you eat less, or you don’t eat at all, maybe you skip breakfast – this isn’t helping you as much as you think.
You shouldn’t be hungry at any point. If you feel that you are really hungry, this means you didn’t eat anything for hours – then once you eat, you eat more than you should. They say that you need 15 minutes until you realize that you are full and don’t need to eat anymore. That’s how long it takes your stomach to send the “I had enough” message to your brain. This is also a reason why you should eat slowly.
Asians are rarely overweight; they have a culture of having meals at the same time.
My great-grandfather was in shape all of his life. He ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time. He didn’t eat at 11 pm, standing in front of the fridge.
He had a rhythm, breakfast at 7, lunch around 12 or 1 pm, and then dinner around 6, 7 pm after work. While most of his friends were gaining weight, he was maintaining a slim figure with almost no effort just because he ate at the same time every day – he never reached a point where he was eating on a totally empty stomach. You should eat because it’s time for it, not because you are starving (then you overeat and get fatter by the day).
Create an eating schedule and stick to it. Plan out your meals. This may take some conscious effort, but it’s worth it if you want results.
7. Keep Yourself Motivated
Nobody else will lose the weight instead of you.
If you don’t motivate and push yourself, nobody else will. Obviously, weight loss isn’t easy – but it’s not that hard either. It’s as hard or as easy as you convince yourself. Believe that it’s easy, and it will be.
Challenge yourself. Don’t view it as something painful, even horrible. Instead, get to it. It’s something you have to handle. Push yourself and focus. Make small steps, little progress, step by step. Eating that one cookie won’t make you fat – but when you put all those little “treats” together – you end up eating a lot of little things (that make you fat) that adds up into a big, chunky – you.
Before you put anything into your mouth – ask yourself – Does this contribute to my weight loss goals? Yes? Eat it. No? Don’t eat it. Eat something else, and then feel good about yourself because you’ve got an iron will. Discipline is the key to any success.
Keep yourself motivated by having a positive self-talk. Tell yourself (out loud) “I feel great,” “I look amazing,” “I am strong and healthy.” Brainwash yourself so that you stay motivated. Visualize yourself being skinnier and imagine how you will feel when you achieve your goal.
Doing visualization techniques will help you stay on track, focused on your goals, take a couple of minutes to meditate and think about how you can get closer to your weight loss goals today. Every day is a new opportunity to create a change in your life.
8. Make It a Lifestyle, Not a Temporary Job
Most people look at weight loss and think about quick and easy ways to do nothing, but burn a bunch of calories (with pills) in no time.
Forget about all that nonsense. Don’t try to lose weight overnight! It’s a myth. Whoever tells you different, just wants to scam you out of your hard earned cash.
Don’t be a sucker. Instead of viewing weight loss as something quick, look at it from a long-term perspective. Being fit and healthy is a way of life. You always eat good food, you take care of your body, and you work out regularly. It’s that simple.
When you adapt this lifestyle you never get out of shape or overweight – you always feel and look your best. Nobody expects you to be an athlete, but give your best to stay in shape, if not because of others (your partner), then because of yourself.
Adapt a new lifestyle. You will feel so much better psychologically, you’ll radiate with a positive energy that draws people towards you instead of pushing them away.
9. Stop Watching TV
If you can watch TV for 45 minutes a day (and usually, get absolutely no value out of it), and then you say you have no time to exercise, or prepare healthy food – who are you kidding?
Throw that TV out of your house. You don’t need it for anything. It just fries your brain and wastes your energy. It also makes you a better consumer (Professional at spending money on stuff you don’t need).
Here’s a fact: on average, people that have a TV are more likely to be overweight than people that don’t. Why? You sit more. You eat snacks and junk food to keep you doing something – anything – while looking at the screen with a dumb, entertained face.
You see so many unrealistically good looking people in commercials and TV series that you start feeling depressed and insecure, then you eat more so that you suddenly feel better, for 10 minutes. Don’t be a sucker – out with the TV (especially if it’s in your bedroom!). On with the running shoes. Hit the streets.
10. Don’t Be Lazy
“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” Totally true. Any woman can look nice and be 10 times more attractive if she works out regularly. Don’t be lazy. Losing weight requires you to be a proactive person, not a passive one. You need to direct change and push yourself. You need to develop a good approach and attitude, then hit the gym and eat better. With a bit of willpower, you can do it, as long as you’re not lazy. Are you? Stop making excuses. Start your new life.
11. Start Today, Start now
You know… the gym is always packed on Monday night’s. I guess people realize during the weekend that it’s about time to “start exercising” – “Okay, I start this Monday” – they finally hit the gym on Monday, and that’s it for the whole week. Don’t be one of those people. If today is Friday, go to the gym today, why wait until next week? Why wait until tomorrow?
Make it your goal to work out every day, then it’s Okay if you skip a day here and a day there, but you still work out at least 4 or 5 days per week. Develop a habit. Stop postponing stuff. Tomorrow leads to never. Start today, start now. Every time you put food in your mouth you are making a decision – so make the right one, starting from… now.