Tips for weight loss

Imagine yourself one or more years from now

How different you would look and feel with regular on going Exercise consistently week after week can be hard if your only goal is weight loss. Believe me, the scale can lie! It doesn’t take much for your body composition (fat vs. muscle), and sometimes results can be slow.

If you can remind yourself (maybe even make a list) of all of the other reasons why you exercise, you’re acco we all know how to lose weight. Eat healthy, be active — basically burn more calories than we take in. Knowing how to lose weight is the easy part. It’s the motivation, self-control and daily habits that keep us from reaching our weight loss goals. We live in a world filled with temptation, and that makes weight loss more of a mental challenge than a physical one.
First, let me be completely honest. I hate the word DIET. Anything that is gimmicky, promises quick weight loss, or leads you to believe its easy is a bunch of crap. The only way to take weight off and keep it off is through consistency in your eating habits, activity level and mental well-being. You do NOT need to be perfect, but your lifestyle should consist of 80% or more of healthy habits. First: make a plan because a goal without a plan is just a wish. Here are a few inspirational weight loss tips to get you started!

 

1. Make Motivational Notes to Yourself

Sticky Notes! I use these things all of the time as reminders. I stick them to my computer monitor to help remember tasks that I need to get done throughout the day, but they also work wonders in helping you stay motivated! Write inspirational quotes on them and place them in places that you visit often during the day such as your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, the snack cabinet, your desk, and so on.
2. Invest In Flattering Workout Clothes
Looking and feeling good goes a long way towards staying confident and motivated. If you have gym clothes that make you look and feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to keep a regular workout routine. And if you can afford it, get a makeover while you’re at it! Just because you are not at the weight you want to be now doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel your best. Building your confidence NOW will help you stay motivated and on track.

3. Don’t Exercise Just For Weight Loss
stent exercise vs. not exercising at all.
4. Make a Separate Snack Station
Stocking your kitchen with healthy food and keeping temptation food on the shelves at the grocery store is ideal, but let’s face it, most of us have husbands, kids, or roommates. Keep a separate section in your refrigerator and cabinets that is just for you. And spend an hour or so each week making fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks easier to eat and take on-the-go. You’re less likely to eat the eggs you boiled if they aren’t peeled, but if you peel them all ahead of time and place them in individual bags, you’ll eat them! Sometimes it just comes down to convenience.
5. Reward Yourself
You can make it something as easy as treating yourself with a new purse with 5 lbs lost, a spa day with 10 lbs lost, or how about this idea: place a dollar in a jar for every time you exercise. It’s a fun way to reward yourself and stay motivated to workout at the same time. Think of this as your reward money to splurge on whatever you’d like!
6. Switch to A Stand-Up Desk
Most of us spend a lot of time in front of our computer, whether it’s just for a few hours a day at home, or perhaps a job that requires it. It’s a lifestyle that most of us can’t avoid, but if you can switch to a stand up desk you’ll naturally burn more calories every day and improve your posture and mood. It’s your lifestyle that really matters in your long term weight goals, and this is one way to be more active without changing your job or computer habits. To ease into the change, consider a tall chair so you can sit and stand throughout your day.

7. Make A “Workout Only” Playlist
Music is a huge part of why I love running so much. It’s my time to escape and listen to some of my favorite songs. To help keep yourself motivated, make a playlist that is ONLY for your workouts. You will look forward to exercising more knowing that you get to listen to a fresh playlist.
8. Keep Mouthwash Handy
Some people swear by chewing gum to keep their sweet tooth at bay, but peppermint mouthwash is what does it for me! Keep a bottle handy at your desk at work, in the kitchen, or anywhere else where a snack attack is bound to happen. And, use it right away after a meal so you’re less likely to crave something sweet. You could even change the label on it to say something like “Magic Appetite Suppressant”. Have some fun and imagine that it really is a secret potion that  keeps you from eating. Sometimes it’s all in your head.
9. Make Drinking Water Fun
We all know that drinking lots of water aids in weight loss, but it sure does get boring! Dice up and freeze a month’s supply of organic fruit like raspberries, strawberries, oranges, lemons, limes, or any other fruit you’d like and add it to your water bottles. It flavors it AND keeps it cold. You could also freeze lemon juice in ice cube trays and pop them in there. It’s the little things like this that make your workout and drinking water more exciting!
10. Display Your Swimsuit
Keep your bikini or swimsuit out where you can see it every day! This is especially important in the winter months when we are covered up in our jeans and sweaters, and tend to let ourselves go a little. You could also do this with a dress or other outfit that you’re working hard to fit into for a special occasion.but be sure to check out juicingrecipes4weightloss.com

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