I have lost just over 105 pounds since April of this year. My life has been completely transformed, and I am getting closer and closer to my goal weight each day. Although I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way, it was because of those mistakes that I was able to learn so much about what does and doesn’t work. Here are just a few more tips and tricks I’ve picked up since I began this incredible journey:
Vegetables Aren’t Just For Salads
When I first started this lifestyle change, I was a lot more strict on what I ate than I am now. I ate a lot of salads: Lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, and salad dressing. It helped me to lose a lot of weight really quickly, but it got old pretty fast. After a few months, I felt myself slipping a little bit. I was still controlling my portions and counting my calories, but I wasn’t eating the best foods for my diet. It was all because I was tired of eating salads.
To keep myself on track, I decided to start finding new ways to incorporate vegetables in my diet. I found that, by using Pinterest, I was able to find a bevy of incredibly tasty and healthy recipes. I began sauteing, marinating, cooking, stuffing, and steaming vegetables galore. I found that I actually really enjoyed cooking and it got me to try a lot of new things that I normally wouldn’t have. I was astounded when I discovered the many uses of a zucchini!
Not only does mixing it up keep your taste buds happy, it’s also a great way to incorporate different kinds of nutrients into your system. So, if your typical salads are getting old, go to the internet to find a more creative way to prepare your vegetables.
Don’t Eat After 7 PM
This is something that is widely debated in the weight loss community. Does eating after a certain time really affect weight loss? Most will tell you ‘no’, but I have noticed that my weight in the morning is much lower if I don’t eat after 7 PM. Since I weigh myself every morning, I can really attest to this. However, this could just be my body. Your body may not react the same way, but I encourage you to try it. Try going one week without eating after 7 PM and one week doing the opposite. Weigh yourself each morning and see if you notice a difference in your weekly progresses.
Be Active Even on ‘Rest Days’
First of all, what do I mean by ‘rest days’? Second of all, what do I mean by being active on a ‘rest day’? Isn’t that contradictory? No. A rest day is when you take it easy and refrain from doing anything high intensity. High intensity involves having an elevated heart rate for an extended period of time — whether that be cardiovascular exercises or strength training exercises. So, how can you be active on a ‘rest day’? By walking, playing a low-to-moderate intensity sport, or other such physical activity that doesn’t involve too much sweat. Your metabolism will thank you for this as well as your overall circulation.