Making the “I want to lose weight” resolution is pretty standard stuff. What’s rare are the people who actually follow through with it.
Weight loss seems to be on everyone’s mind this time of year. The problem is that most people immediately turn to fad diets to achieve their goal—even when research says that those diets don’t really offer long-term results.
Losing weight the chill way should be your move. No pressure on you to limit yourself and no struggling to cut out your favorite food. Interested? Check out these simple strategies for a stress-free weight loss journey.
Set smart (and small) goals
We’ve all heard that officemate who says “I’m losing 50 pounds in January! You’ll see!” While setting a lofty goal to get yourself pumped up in the beginning is exciting, it’s also a sure way to get yourself overwhelmed by the task ahead. Instead, why not try smaller, more manageable goals—like aiming to lose a pound a week. As you form better habits and get motivated by your small victories, you can increase the intensity in increments until you ultimately reach your goal.
Alternatively, you may not want to focus on losing weight at all, and instead focus on forming healthier habits and new routines. For example, take the stairs instead of the usual elevator to get in a bit of workout every time you go to work.
Stop counting calories
Unless you’re really good in mental computation, then you know that counting calories is exhausting AF. Instead of dealing with numbers and stats, read up on healthier meal options. Buy the right ingredients and learn how to cook. Eat smarter without really keeping that calorie count in mind.
Let yourself be in control
This is probably the best news you’ve heard today: you can eat whatever you want!
Remember when you were a kid and your mom told you that you couldn’t have a cookie? How did you feel? We’ll tell you. You wanted to have that cookie even more! And that’s the philosophy here: the more you’re not allowed to have something, the more you’re going to want it. Thus, we live by this one word: “moderation.”
We know that temptation can creep in at any given moment. But rather than keeping a safe distance from the crispy pata, settle on a small portion. Doing this will help you gradually control yourself without any reservations.
Eat more greens
Research shows that the more you eat your leafy green vegetables, the more you sustain weight loss. Aside from the standard lettuce, kale, and spinach, there’s also broccoli, turnip greens, and a whole lot more to choose from.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to take them on their own, too! Mix them with your meat or fish, place them in soup, or eat them with a variety of dressings. Feel free to get as creative as you want to be.
Be patient on ditching sugar
Cutting sugar from your diet feels harder than bench pressing twice your weight. The cravings will haunt you in your dreams and stay with you long after you’ve woken up. It’s like trying to move on from a failed relationship—you’ll be sad, mad, and at some point, you’ll desperately want her back. Give yourself time. After a while, you’ll realize your cravings just go away on their own.
Get up and go out
Losing weight requires a total lifestyle makeover. We know nothing beats the feeling of being snuggled up in bed, with a tub of popcorn by your side waiting for your favorite Netflix series to start. But if you really want to lose those pounds, you need to include an active lifestyle with all the dieting you’ve been doing. Begin with easy 10 minute walks just to get the habit. Build up to longer, more challenging routes later on. Shift your mindset from constant feeding to constant movement. Eventually, you’ll cut out your unhealthy routine and replace them with more productive ones.