Weight Loss Tips For Beginners

By Venus florus

There are so many sources these days on how to lose weight, what to do to lose weight, and when to lose weight. Thought the information these sources are providing is good, it can be overwhelming because there are no guidance on how to go about it, and they seem to forget the most important factor when it comes to losing weight, you. No one wants someone else agenda, you want your own agenda, which is why is it very important to get to know you and your body. By reading this blog, you will get to know the five tips that you should consider when you are ready to start your weight loss journey. Some of these tips may not be easy to implement, but it is important for you to be aware of them and try to follow them to the best of your ability until they become habits. These five tips aren’t the end all be all but it is a start on getting to know you, what you want, and the best way to achieve your weight loss goal.

1. Find your WHY

Why do you want to lose weight? Have you ever taken the time to answer that question. I am not talking about the superfluous stuff as I want to lose weight to look good for the summer answer. It is time to be honest with yourself, ask yourself that question and take the time to reflect and answer form the heart. Ask yourself these questions: When was the last time you felt at your best and why? What would lose weight do for me physically and mentally? Am I ready to tackle this hard journey? Have a purpose, hare a reason, make an emotional connection with your WHY. The more you invest in your WHY emotionally, the more it becomes a reality and a priority therefore, you will stay focus and determine to achieve your weight loss goal.

2. Goal Setting and Tracking

It is very important to set goals when trying to lose weight. Having a goal gives you a sense of direction, a target, a destination that you are trying to reach. You want your goal to be realistic, for example you cannot lose 60 pounds in one month. Take the time to write out a weight loss goal that is realistic, measurable, and attainable is crucial for your weight loss journey. Another thing to consider is to set weekly or monthly micro goals. Write how much you want to weight by the end of each month and celebrate those small wins. Doing so helps keep the motivation going and also keeping track of your body stats (weight, body metric). I know that tracking your weight and measurement can be tedious and stressful at times but try to think of it as a road map to keep yourself accountable and to make sure that you are still on the right path.

3. Have a Daily Routine

I am sure you’ve heard of this before “Movement is medicine”, and to promote weight loss, movement is a must. There are many ways to incorporate more movements into your daily routines. The simplest way is by taking a walk in your neighborhood before every meal. By doing so, it will increase your blood flow, and your metabolism before your first meal. Setting a routine is a great way to keep you on track and push you to lose the weight. Exercise is very important to promote weight loss, a great rule in weight loss is 1 pound is equivalent to 3000 calories burned. Make your routine a priority by marking it in your calendar ( days and time that you will be working out). Have your workouts written down with instructions on how to perform them, that way you have a plan to follow. Having a plan to follow will eliminate confusions in the gym, will also keep you motivated and determined to lose the extra pounds.

4. Track your Calories

A common belief in the weight loss community is that they don’t need to watch calorie intake to lose weight. Counting calories can be tedious, however, it is important to have some idea of how much calories to consume per day to lose weight. How much calories to eat to lose weight can be determined based on a few things such as age, activity level, height, current weight and the amount of calories you are currently consuming daily. For example, if you are a woman about 5 feet 7 inches tall and you are 30 years old and you weigh about 180 pounds with a sedentary life style, you would need about 1883 calories a day to maintain your weight however, if you would like to lose weight you should reduce your calories to approximately 1300 calories a day.

5. Recovery

Give your body some time to rest. As much as it is important to move on the daily to loose excess weight, it is just as important to let your body rest. A comment mistake in the weight loss community is going super intensely with their training. They want the excess weight off, and they want it now. The thing is, it took some time to put the excess weight on so, it will take even longer to take it off. When you don’t allow your body to rest, your cortisol (stress hormone) level stays high thus, will affect your mood, feeling of restlessness, content fatigue, and your body will hit a plateau. Rest days promote a decrease in inflammation and helps your muscles to recover faster.  Keep in mind, your goal should be to work smart and not just hard.