A different type of post for today’s ‘fitness friday’ theme. You can see the other posts I’ve written with this theme so far on this link.
Sometimes when talking to other people about losing weight, eating healthily and trying to get fit there are a lot of things we set ourselves that make it completely unrealistic to achieve which means you fail and more often than not end up going back to square one or worse.
Over the last few years I’ve slowly changed my diet and lifestyle which is how I believe I’ve been successful in losing some weight, getting fitter and maintaining it. So I thought today’s post might be helpful to list a few things that I’ve found have made a huge difference and you could maybe try adding a different one each week or try something that you haven’t before to try and make a difference.
I’m no fitness coach or nutritionist but I’ve found these have helped me, and maybe they’ll help you too. I’ve split this up so there’s 5 this week and 5 next week so it’s not like reading an essay!
1) Never skip breakfast. This is my biggest hate, when people moan they’re not losing weight when in reality their body is in slow mode because they didn’t kick start it in the morning. Eat a banana if that’s the only thing you can do but I’m a person that hates breakfast and I manage to eat it every morning at 6am so no excuses that there’s not enough time in the mornings! Make time!
You have to train yourself but start with a piece of fruit and add in a yogurt or toast until you can eat a decent sized breakfast. This won’t make you put on weight (as long as its decent food) but will kickstart your metabolism in the morning for the rest of the day.
2) Try and resist a snack in the evenings. The last thing you want to do is be really good all day and then ruin it by attacking the ice cream, crisps or chocolate at 9pm when you’ve got minimal chance of burning it off so it will be stored as fat. If you’ve been to the gym late and are having your meal late then that’s fair enough, or if you are genuinely hungry try and eat some greek yogurt or something with nutritional value rather than going straight to the sweet cupboard. If you’ve got a sweet tooth try having a hot chocolate instead, Options do one for 42 calories per cup. Or if in doubt, clean your teeth, it will help to take the taste of sweet foods away.
3) Emotional eating – we’ve all been there, long hard day at work, stuck in traffic, plans are cancelled because of bad weather and you just feel crappy so you go straight to the cookie jar.
I read a quote once that was something along the lines of ‘do not reward yourself with food, you are not a dog’.
I’m pretty sure we all understand that quote, filling yourself with stodgy carbs and high fat will only make you feel worse health wise and you’ll feel guilty which will probably mean that you’ll also decide to give up and ‘try again on Monday’. Diets do not only start on Monday’s, appreciate the day has been a useless one and start again in the morning, that’s why there is more than one day in the week.
4) Change one meal at a time – by this I mean change breakfast or start eating breakfast, swap your crisps for fruit, chips for vegetables. If you vow to change your diet overnight it will NEVER happen. Give yourself some time to change everything and it will become habit. Change one meal or snack each week and don’t forget to have a cheat meal every week so you can have a bit of what you really want without ruining your efforts.
5) Sleep! Apparently a study has shown (cannot find the source sorry) that most repair happens between 10 and 12 midnight so to maximise your body’s repair you need to be asleep at this time. Not sure how true that is but we all know that 8 hours a night is the optimum time for sleeping, no longer or you’ll feel sluggish and no less or you won’t have recovered from the day before. I have to be up early for work anyway so an early night is usually a standard thing, but even if you’re in bed earlier relaxing then that’s a start.
Hopefully some of these tips will help you, I will be continuing this post next week with the second 5 tips that I’ve found helpful.
What would your number one tip be for changing a diet into a lifestyle? Are you a breakfast lover or skipper?