1. Healthy food should be convenient
Weight loss needs to accompany lifestyle changes, otherwise, you’ll too easily shift back into your old patterns and return to your original weight.
One of the most important things to do along those lines is to make your diet-friendly foods the easiest and most convenient things for you to get a hold of, while sweets and other junk food should be thrown in a cupboard, moved behind your healthy snacks in the fridge, and so on.
2. Weight loss does not mean you have to eat less or starve yourself
“Eat less, move more” seems to be the mantra when it comes to weight loss. This, however, is a myth. You need to focus on eating the right foods for your body. Food that nourishes you and keeps you satiated. Focus on lean proteins, plenty of greens while reducing sugar, simple carbs, and alcohol.
If you are constantly restricting your food, this will lead to more issues down the line, including a slower metabolism. You need to eat to keep the fire (metabolism) burning.
3. You need more than cardio to lose weight
When I ask women what they do in the gym, most of them answer either the elliptical or treadmill. I understand I used to do the same thing. I love the feeling of sweat dripping down my face.
Cardio, however, is not going to burn as many calories over the long term as weight lifting. Strength training is hands down the best way to build lean muscles and ramp up your metabolism so you can burn more calories at rest.
4. Weight Loss should not take over your life
Living a life of eating just chicken and asparagus from a Tupperware container is NOT fun. Life is meant to be lived and that might mean an occasional piece of pizza or glass of wine.
The key here is to learn moderation and create healthy eating habits. Life happens, parties, vacations, etc. and you will need to learn to navigate these situations.
5. Abs really are made in the kitchen
You can not out-train a bad diet. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how many pounds you can squat. If you are eating garbage food, it is going to show up on your body.
Please do not tell yourself you can eat whatever you want because you go to the gym every morning.
6. Weight loss never follows a straight line
In an ideal world, we would jump on the scale every morning and see the number decrease.
It would be a complete downhill slope from the day we started our journey. That would be awesome, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, this just doesn’t happen. Our weight will fluctuate on a daily basis and this is just part of the process. Personally I prefer to avoid the scale altogether and use measurements to gauge progress.
7. Make it a lifestyle
The most important thing of all to know is this: healthy living, whether it’s dropping a few pounds now, a lot of pounds over the next year, building muscle, or something else, needs to be made a lifestyle.
This is more mental than anything else, but it has a profound effect on your ability to remain consistent in your effort