Whether you are in a wedding, are a bride-t0-be yourself, or simply want to lose some extra weight, you need to check out our 16 Tips to Weight Loss Bliss. If some extra cushioning around your middle has left you feeling anything but confident, then we can help. The following 16 tips will help you to live a healthy lifestyle, allowing your body to burn fat and leave you feeling good about yourself, inside and out.
16 Tips to Weight Loss Bliss:
1. Set a Goal
There’s no sense in getting on the road if you don’t know where you’re going. Set a realistic and specific goal for yourself. For instance, you might say, “I would like to lose 10 pounds before the wedding. To do that, I need to lose 1 week per week.” Check out these Tips for Setting Healthy Goals.
2. Create a Plan
You’ll never reach your goals if you don’t have a plan in place. Create a realistic plan for yourself that is centered on a healthy diet and regular exercise. Include in your plans when you will exercise and what you will do when temptations arise and put your diet at risk!
3. Find a Partner
For most people, it’s much easier to stay on track if they have a partner to motivate and inspire them along the way. If your future groom isn’t ready and willing, enlist the help of a friend or family member, or visit our SkinnyMs. Facebook Page.
4. Keep a Journal
By logging your food and exercise, you will be able to easily monitor your progress. Plus, you’ll be far less likely to overindulge or skip the gym if you have to admit it to yourself in text. Be sure to check out our helpful information on keeping a Food Journal or a Fitness Journal.
5. Eat Clean
We, at SkinnyMs., are huge proponents of clean eating. By filling up on foods created with body-nourishing ingredients, you’ll ensure that the calories you take in are allowing your body to function the way it was intended. Give our Skinny Clean Eating Plan for Two a try.
6. Find a Workout You Love
The easiest way to work more exercise into your day is to find a physical activity you love to do. Join a sports team, go for a hike with a friend, or spend an afternoon kayaking around the lake. You’ll burn calories, and you’ll have fun! Have you given our SkinnyMs. Workouts a try?
7. Watch Portion Sizes
Foods today are often served as a portion large enough for a family of four. Try serving foods on smaller plates to trick your brain into thinking you are eating more. When you’re eating out, share an entrée with a friend, or try some of these Helpful Tips for Eating Out. And learn more about portion sizes in order to get started.
8. Avoid High Calorie Foods
You know the drill. In order to lose fat, you need to burn more calories than you take in. Staying away from high-calorie foods is pretty obvious. Low-calorie doesn’t have to mean bland. Our SkinnyMs. recipes are nutritious AND delicious.
9. Find a Way to Stay Motivated
Everyone struggles with motivation from time to time. Be prepared to come up with new ways to stay motivated. Join a support group, pin a photo of your wedding dress to the fridge, or download one of these Motivational Playlists.
10. Snack Regularly
The best way to keep your body energized and burning calories all day long is to keep it fueled with healthy nutrients throughout the day. Try one of these Healthy Snacks with Fewer than 75 Calories.
11. Ditch Diet Foods
Diet foods might sound good, but they’re often anything but. Foods that are marketed as “diet” are often loaded with sugars, artificial sweeteners, and other ingredients that are harmful to your waistline. Having trouble battling your diet soda addiction? Try one of these Healthy Alternatives to Diet Soda and be sure to take our No Soda Challenge.
12. Avoid Alcohol
Most alcohol is loaded with calories, but lacking in a whole lot of nutritional value. It’s best to skip this body bulging indulgence, especially when you’re trying to slim down.
13. Detoxify Your Body
Like it, or not, many of the foods we eat today are full of ingredients that are pretty toxic to the body. It’s a good idea to cleanse the body of harmful bacteria and other unwanted ingredients, so that it can continue to function to its fullest. Try one of these Fabulous Detox and Cleanse Drinks.
14. Fill Up on Fiber
When you’re backed up, your belly appears full and bloated. Keep everything flowing the way by including a healthy dose of fiber in your diet. Our Lentil and Veggie Stew is full of fiber, and it’s tasty, too!
15. Keep Stress in Check
We know. Planning a wedding is rough work, but do your best to keep your stress levels in check during this exciting time. Not only can stress wreak havoc on your body, but when we’re stressed we tend to reach for less-than-nutritional snack foods and treats. Learn more about the effects of stress on the body here.
16. Reward Yourself
You’re bound to fall off the wagon from time to time, but when you do, you can get right back on, and reward yourself when you reach a goal. Allowing yourself a treat each time you reach a goal can help you stay on track. Imagine a day at the spa, a night out with the girls, or a new outfit. Now that’s some pretty powerful motivation.