When thinking of making positive changes towards loosing weight and living a healthier life you want to take small steps and start slow. You never want to just drive into it head first thinking okay I’ll workout everyday for hours on end and just eat salad. It doesn’t work that way.
You want to set realistic short term goals first. Either month by month or every couple of weeks in advance and just pick one or two things at the beginning so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up when it gets too tough. If weight loss is one of your goals, you want to stick with no more than 1-2 lbs a week and have a balance between cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and healthy eating habits. It’s not about just loosing weight. You feel great, you look great, your energy level is up, you deal with day to day tasks better and even handle stress better and overall you’re a better person inside and out!
This is not something that you do just for a few months or a few weeks and expect to go back to your old habits, it’s a lifestyle change.
When it comes to nutrition you want to eliminate all white flour, rice, pasta, HFC (high fructose corn syrup), processed foods, hydrogenated fats, artificial coloring and preservatives, soda (even diet), MSG, refined grains etc…
You want to cut down on your sugar and sodium intake and cut back on your alcohol consumption.
Seems alot I know and you’re properly wondering then what can I eat?! There’s alot that you can eat.
Have a balance between healthy carbs, lean protein and healthy fats. Don’t eliminate any of these groups, you need them all to sustain a healthy body and energy through out the day. Stick with high fiber whole grains foods, fruits and vegetables, unsalted nuts, organic meats, fish, yogurt, eggs etc..
There’s some foods outthere that we refer to as SUPERFOODS and you can even eat these everyday. Blueberries, almonds, dark chocolate (65-70% coco), quinoa, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, spinach, strawberries, bell peppers, turmeric, garlic, ginger etc.. They all have great health benefits such as boosting your immune system, helps with increasing your metabolism, healthy skin, strong bones, anti inflammatory etc.
Okay now that we have our nutrition down packed, working out is the easy part. There’s soo many options, and I always say do what you love. Move your body, get that heart rate up, get a sweat going…at least for thirty (30) minutes a day if that’s all the time you have. Switch things up though, don’t keep doing the same thing over and over. You dont want to get bored and also your body gets use to it and therefore you won’t achieve results.
Overall, enjoy your life in a healthy and positive way. Be consistent with it and again make it a part of your life!