5 Best Weight Loss Tips

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Are you struggling to lose weight? First, I want to say that weight is just a symptom that your body isn’t functioning optimally, which is why losing weight has numerous health benefits. Start by adding in the “good” things into your routine. As you do this, the “good” habits start to push out the “bad” habits. Here are some of my best weight loss tips to start out with on your journey!!!

#1 Don’t Let Hunger Deter You From Sticking To Your Nutrition Plan

When working with my weight loss patients, I am often asked: Won’t I be hungry??? Yes, you will likely feel more hunger, especially in the beginning of making a change to your diet! Your body is used to what you have been doing for years or decades.

Reducing processed carbs, such as muffins, white bread, doughnuts, etc. will initially throw your brain for a loop and you will feel hunger. However, as you replace those foods with high-protein foods like eggs or Greek yogurt mixed with berries or chia seeds - your hormones will begin to adjust your hunger level and high-protein foods will be more satiating! ⁠

When you are hungry between meals, drink a large glass of water and see how you feel 20 minutes later. Were you just hungry? Were you just bored? If you are still hungry afterwards, go ahead and eat something, like a piece of fruit.

#2 Don’t Eat A Carbohydrate Unless It Is Attached To Fiber

This method allows you to ditch the bad carbs, like candy, white bread, and soda, and stick only with the high-quality options! ⁠ ⁠ Fiber helps improve blood sugar control, helps lower cholesterol, and reduces your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, colorectal cancer, and heart disease.⁠

#3 Focus on Healthy Behaviors, Not A Number On The Scale

When you look only at your weight, it’s easy to get discouraged. Focus instead on making good food choices, watching portions, and exercising frequently. Replace a goal like "lose 2 pounds a week" with specific mini-goals, like "eat 1 cup of veggies at dinner," "walk 20 minutes a day," or "keep a daily food log." If you are disappointed with your weight progress at week’s end, reflect on how well you stuck to each of your goals. ⁠

Keep in mind that sticking to a goal like eating 1 cup of veggies at dinner is awesome for your body. Your goal should be to make PROGRESS! Weight loss and health don’t happen overnight, so don’t beat yourself up. Celebrate your wins!

#4 Make Plants the Foundation of Your Diet

Different weight loss approaches work for different people; however, plant foods should be the foundation of any diet. Whether you’re eating vegetarian, paleo, high-fat, vegan, or keto, your diet should include a variety of nutritious foods that come from the earth.

Plant-based foods contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that help support your cells and reduce inflammation, while also providing fiber and water — both of which help you feel fuller.⁠ ⁠ These foods include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cucumbers, along with fruits like berries!⁠

#5 Plan Tomorrow’s Meals Today

Planning ahead stops that "grab what you see" panic that sets in when you wait to plan dinner until you’re starving by nighttime and reach for the not-so-healthy options. When you sit down for dinner tonight, plan what you will eat tomorrow at a time when you are not hungry. This also gives you extra time to prepare!⁠

We can always use the excuse of “I don’t have time” for anything and everything. You will make the time if your health is important to you! Carve out time on your schedule one day a week to food prep. Get your kids to help prepare dinners with you. Have fruit and easy to eat veggies on hand as emergency snacks. Eating healthy is so much easier with a plan (just like everything else in life!).

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