Are you fed up with being overweight? It can feel overwhelming losing hundreds of pounds or dropping four or more dress sizes. Even if you only have 10 or so pounds to lose, it can seem a little daunting not knowing where to start. There are just so many diets, healthy eating plans, fitness methods, and more out there.
It’s time to scale it all back. You want simple and that’s just what you’ll get right here. These are the top five simple diet and fitness tips to start following from today. Start right now—don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.
Start By Changing Your Portion Sizes
This isn’t about cutting down on your portion sizes but rearranging your meals and ratios. The majority of people will put more carbs or protein on their plate. You can have a steak that takes up the half of a plate or a bed of pasta for a handful of vegetables. Neither of these will do you any favours.
You want to rearrange your portion ratios. Half of your plate should be taken up with fruits or vegetables—a type of fibre. A quarter is then protein and the other quarter carbs. Yes, you want to get a quarter of each of these two. Carbs get an unfair bad reputation when it comes to weight loss!
Don’t change your portion sizes just yet, but practise some mindful eating. Start by eating half of the food that is on your plate. Chew slowly and really give your food chance to digest. Are you still hungry after half of the food is gone? If so, eat half of what is left. Repeat this until either you’re satisfied or you’ve finished your meal.
Alternate Your Drinks
It’s time to cut back on the amount of alcohol and soda you drink. Both of these are full of empty calories. Diet sodas aren’t really that much better for you—they’re bad for your teeth and other areas of your health—but they are better than the full sugar sodas.
While you don’t want to stop drinking altogether, you should be more mindful of the amount of empty calories you do get. This is especially a problem with alcohol, since you end up snacky with alcohol and eat more calories than your body really needs.
Alternate your drinks when you are out. For each cocktail or sugary drink you have, opt for a glass of water in between. Diet soda can work, especially if you want to avoid questions about why you’re not drinking.
This trick isn’t just good for protecting the waistline. You won’t end up as drunk and you will remember the night the next morning.
Split Your Exercise Up Into Manageable Chunks
Doing 30-60 minutes of exercise in a day can seem overwhelming at first. You’ll hear all the time that you need to exercise for at least 30 minutes, but where do you have the time? What the experts don’t tell you is that you don’t need to do that 30 minutes at the same time. You can split up the time into more manageable chunks.
Do 10 minutes before breakfast and then another 10 minutes on your lunch. You can save the last 10 minutes for the evening. If 15 minutes is possible, do that instead. When you want to do 60 minutes a day, do that in 20 minute slots instead. You can even break it all down to two minutes if you want to do some desk workouts!
You’ll soon find that fitting that exercise into your day isn’t a problem. Watch out! You may even have some fun doing it all.
Get Experimental With the Spices
Everyone hits a plateau. You’ll get to a point where your weight just isn’t budging and you start to lose motivation. Don’t drop off the wagon just yet. Try spicing things up a little—literally.
Pull out the spices and herbs from the cupboard and try them out with your dishes. Your pasta sauces, fish dishes, and even plain vegetables will suddenly get a new taste. You’ll find excitement where you forgot all about it and your motivation will come back with a vengeance. The slight change will also help your body get back into dropping the pounds.
You don’t even need anything expensive to spice up your life. Lemon or lime juice will be perfect!
Don’t Forget to Stretch!
One thing that many people forget to do when they’re new to exercise is to stretch. You need to do this before and after your workout.
Before the workout helps to prevent injury. You flex the muscles and make it easier for them to take the intense workout you’ll give them. Afterwards, you need to stretch to avoid a build-up of lactic acid. The lactic acid will cause cramping and you won’t want to exercise again!
Stretching can also make you feel good. You pull out your posture and relax your body, which can relax the mind.
It’s time to change your life very slightly to improve your chances of losing weight. These five diet and fitness tips can easily be incorporated today. There are no special plans or equipment that you need to buy. You just need yourself and the motivation to get started. Keep that determination to succeed and you will drop a dress size or five!