Losing fat takes hard work, commitment and a few sacrifices! It all depends on how badly you want it, you need to want it more than anything.
Those that get the results don't make excuses and they don't get sidetracked, the only question you need to ask yourself is ‘how badly do I want this?’
So, how badly do you want to achieve your goals? Are you willing to give it your best shot and stay focused?
To help you stay on track, here are ten simple tips for fat loss:
Start the day with lemon water
This is great for boosting the metabolism and flushing out toxins. You never want to skip breakfast either! Having a breakfast rich in protein is a great way to start the day. It will keep you fuller for longer and help reduce cravings!
Make healthier eating choices rather than falling for the latest fad diet
If you can't sustain the diet you have a strong chance of packing on the weight again and undoing all your hard work. Starvation and cutting out food groups isn't a lifestyle or a long-term plan. Making small but sustainable changes to your everyday diet means you can stick with it longer, which leads to meaningful, long-term results.
Think about the 80/20 rule
You want to eat healthy at least 80% of the time (90% is better!) and allow yourself treats 20% of the time. It is okay have a cheat meal each week. Just plan it, enjoy it and move on!
Avoid the liquid calories
I'm sure you all know alcohol! You should also try to avoid soft drinks and juices (unless they are freshly made in front of your eyes and contain 70% veg and 30% fruit) Stay clear of store-bought juices, they are mostly sugar and empty calories (you are better off just eating the fruit).
Drink at least two litres of water every day.
Try adding lemon, lime and mint leaves in your water (it's a great way to flush out toxins). Other options include herbal teas such as green tea, peppermint, chamomile, and rooibos to name a few.
Eat real, wholesome, nutritious food
Cut out as much white sugar and white flour from your diet as possible, including processed foods. Load up on good fats such as nuts, seeds, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado. Also don’t forget your proteins such as fish, beef, lean chicken, turkey and eggs. Eat good carbs such as brown rice, sweet potatoes and plenty of green veggies and some fruit.
Watch your portion size
This may mean eating four to six smaller meals / snacks each day instead of the usual three large meals. Eating every couple of hours can help to level out your blood sugar levels and boost your metabolism.
Get an accountability buddy
Get your friends and family on board to support you (or even join you) on your health and fitness journey! Fat loss and sticking to your workout plan are always more fun with friends and family.
It really doesn't take that long. You know the saying ‘Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail’? Well, it's true! Get rid of junk in your cupboards and fridge! Stock up on good nutritious food. Plan your meals and snacks in advance and make enough for leftovers to take to work the next day.
Set yourself a workout routine for the week
It’s a good idea to combines strength training, cardio, circuit and interval training for maximum results. Plan when you will exercise, what days/times you will train, what sort of training you will do (cardio/strength), what classes you will attend, and stick to it.
With that much said, we understand that these tips can be a big adjustment to your current lifestyle. Don't be discouraged! If you have the drive, determination and dedication, you’ll be well on your way to a fitter and healthier you.
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