You MUST set a goal. Don't cheat yourself with a ridiculous time frame and obscene scale digit.
I want to lose 60 lbs before my next birthday. (August)
This gives me almost 11 months to lose 60 lbs and time to tone as well. If you're wanting and/or needing to lose more than 30 lbs, odds are good that your body isn't in the best shape. While your body benefits from better eating habits, it won't take care of everything.
2 - WORK IN A WORKOUT
I struggle (even when I was at my skinniest) with cellulite, and loose skin. This calls for exercise. Walking works; especially in my case since I do have some physical restriction, but it by no means does the trick.
Last time I reached my goal, I used a simple at-home workout from Abby Esbenshade on YouTube. The video is about seven minutes long and it is TOUGH. Like most workouts, it does get easier. I enjoyed it most as a work up.
HER VIDEO: https://youtu.be/rKfXqFp1SsE
Basically, I would do the entire video once a day until it was simple. Then, I upped the video to twice a day until that was easy. Finally, the last few pounds were waiting for their cue to exit and I doubled the reps every time I watched the video.
3 - REPAIR YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD
It's hard to change a habit at the drop of a hat. At the beginning of my journey, I write down anything that I know for a fact will help me lose some lbs. This list doesn't have to be; and honestly shouldn't be, instilled right away. Take a few basics and go from there.
Not only is it hard to change your mentality of eating in one day, but it can cause you issues physically. Your body is used to every bad thing you take in, and odds are you've been stuck with these bad habits for a bit.
Cutting everything off at once could not only set you up for failure, (cheating, bingeing, ect.) but staying away from too much could send your body into a form of starvation mode. This causes your body to hold onto every thing you put into it, not to mention water retention.
If you want to diet right, you need to ease yourself into it. You need to change your eating habits permanently, not just for the time being. It's not a quick process.
4 - FIND WHAT NEEDS FIXING
It's unbelievable how easily you can reach your daily intake of calories, sugars and carbs. Take a minute to download an app that can keep track of your intake. (I personally love MyFitnessPal. It gives you a wide variety of brands, a barcode scanner for other item, a water and exercise tracker and it can even tell you how much of what personally works for your body.)
Jot down every single drink, sandwich, meal, snack and sweet you've consumed today. When I'm actually honest with this app, some days are so scary. You really don't realize how bad your favorite things are until you add everything together in a 24 hour timeline.
5 - MEAL PREP
Once you get the hang of labels and tracking your food intake, you can start to plan ahead. For example, I allow 1,000 - 1,200 calories a day. If I have a good breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, I would divide 1,000 by 4.
Another way to figure out your day to day meals, is by the hours you usually eat. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; so some say. The truth is, each meal is important. Eating too little one meal can lead to eating too much the next. You can balance your calories for each mealtime while still making the better choices for dinner. Dinner should be the most looked after, since you head to sleep afterwards.
I'm not a huge fan of meal prep, but if I know I'm going to have a busy week, it's super helpful. So many times I've made bad choices because I'd get home too late, wake up too late, be too tired and reach for a quick, junk option. You can't make those excuses when you have a meal ready to eat.
6 - MORE PLANNING
Now is the time to take your timeline, your goal weight, your daily calorie intake and make yourself a routine that will work.
The first two weeks are always the worst, and it can be quite discouraging. Due to this, I take it quite hard on myself so I'm sure to see results. Usually I cut out carbs and sugar completely. Besides drinking nothing but water and working in a walk or two to go along with my new calorie goal, I don't instill any more restrictions.
After the first two weeks, I begin working in a little bit of good carbs, a little bit of natural sugars, my workout regimen and the only diet pills that have ever worked for me.
Low Carbs (after first month)
At least 1 mile of walking a day
Abby YouTube Workout
1,000 Calorie Limit
7 - DIET PILLS
These aren't for everyone and I highly recommend consulting your doctor before starting any type of medication. I've had my fair share of gimmicks, but finally there is a pill that helps the female body lose weight efficiently. Women have it harder than most men when trying to lose weight & Slimquick Pure pretty much stops any hormone from sabotaging your dieting. I purchase mine from Walmart and they run about 15-25$ for a ten day supply. Not the cheapest, but they work.
I have 11 months to lose 60 Pounds. Think I can do it? Want to join in? Subscribe to my Vlog channel where I will be keeping tabs on what I eat, my exercises and more. We can motivate each other and stick to what we know!
Just because you're bettering yourself for yourself, doesn't mean you need to do it alone.