I am one of those naturally skinny kids with a very high metabolism that loses weight by eating. I struggle so hard to gain weight. I’ve never set out to try to lose weight but I’ve become a pro at it on accident.
The Biggest Misconception
People seem to believe that in order to be fit and skinny you need to exercise a lot. This is not true. Diet is definitely the biggest aspect by far.
Diet is everything when it comes to life.
You shouldn’t be relying on all these whacky different diets such as the Keto diet.
All that matters when it comes to losing weight is that you are finishing the day with a calorie deficit.
I recommend having about a 500 calorie deficit. But everyone is different.
You should be tracking your calories everyday. I recommend using Cronometer but any calorie tracking app will do.
Food-wise you should be focusing on natural and nutrient dense food.
Do your best to steer away from processed foods. No fast food. No food that comes in packages that you microwave. No junk food such as chips, cookies, etc.
Focus on low calorie foods such as fruit and veggies. Things like watermelon and cucumbers are very low in calories and they have a high percentage water content so you will get full faster.
Fiber is a lot more important than protein. So focus on more plant based foods.
Also, stay away from milk and dairy. Here’s a good picture explaining why:
Water is so important. Almost 70% of your body is composed of water. It such an important aspect of health yet so many people don’t drink enough water.
When trying to lose weight you can easily fight hunger and cravings by just drinking water.
Almost 75% of the time you feel hungry you are actually just thirsty. So whenever you feel hunger just drink a glass of water and I promise you’ll feel a lot better.
I recommend always carrying water on you so you are more likely to drink it.
I recommend a bottle with a straw because in my experience it is easier to drink more water like this. I can chug a huge bottle of water when it is through a straw and it’s much easier than chugging it straight up.
Whatever you do, stay away from sugary drinks. DO NOT DRINK SODA. Don’t even drink juice. You should always choose water.
How to Exercise More
~My greatest advice is don’t look at exercise as something you HAVE to do. Make it something you WANT to do~
Nobody likes being told what to do. Nobody likes doing things they don’t feel like doing.
Don’t look at exercise as something you have to force yourself to do.
Make Exercising Fun
Find an activity that you enjoy doing and get your exercise that way. For example I take my dog on 5-10 walks a day. I get in about 20,000 steps a day just doing that. And both my dog and I enjoy it very much. Nothing better than exercise and spending time in nature.
So go for more walks outside.
Play a sport that you enjoy regularly.
If you spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos or spend a lot of time on social media; do it while walking on a treadmill.
Write Down Your Goals!
I cannot stress how important it is to write down your goals.
When it is just a thought in your mind it doesn’t exist. But when you physically write it down it exists; so now it can happen.
Do not just say you want to “lose weight.” If your only goal is to lose weight that either you will lose 1 pound and your goal is over so now there is nothing pushing you. Or you will lose a certain amount of weight but will never be satisfied because your goal wasn’t specific.
To reach your goal write down your ideal weight. Find an old picture of oyurself. Or find a picture of your ideal body. Print it out; hang it on your wall. Tape it in a journal and look at it everyday. Make it your phone background. Whatever it takes.
Always keep that ideal weight and body in mind. Make that your goal. Once it is a physical goal it makes it so much easier to reach.
There is so much different information out there about losing weight. It can be very overwhelming and confusing.
The most important thing is making sure you have a calorie deficit. You should have about -500 calories by the end of the day. This does not mean you need to starve yourself. Just eat more natural food.
Drink more water!
Don’t despise having to exercise. Make it fun. Enjoy what you do.
And make sure to write down your goals! Have a clear goal and ideal weight you’d like to reach.
Also, don’t stress about it. Love yourself for who you are. Be grateful for everything you have.
Have fun with the process. Celebrate your achievements. Always live in the moment and make the most of it.