1 – Drink at least a 1/2 gallon of water daily.
One of the best things you can do to help yourself lose weight and maintain the weight loss is to significantly increase your water intake. There are lots of different ways to drink more water. Remember that tea and coffee also count as water intake. The myth that tea and coffee lead to dehydration has long since been debunked. Another easy way to drink more water is to carry a water bottle with you throughout your day.
2 – Increase Your Body Movement.
Most experts agree that the average person should be burning about 200-300 calories due to body movement daily. I know this sounds like a lot, but it is absolutely doable! For example, walking at a brisk pace is a great way to exercise. Especially if you don’t have the time to do a full aerobic or strength training workout. Something as simple as a 20-minute walk on your lunch break, or a short but fast 15-minute walk before dinner can really make a difference in helping you reach your health goals.
Early in my weight loss, most days I did a walk with my dog plus a workout. And over time, this just led to a habit of walking daily. Those daily walks turned into light jogs and eventually led to me running my first half-marathon less than two years later. I can’t stress enough how walking is a great gateway to a fitness lifestyle!
3 – Don’t eat after 8 pm.
If you’re wondering which habit is the easiest to adopt, this habit is it. Challenge yourself to stop eating before 8 pm, and then don’t resume eating until the morning time. Most often, calories eaten after 8 pm are calories we do not need. So ditch the late-night snack!
4 – Regularly practice intermittent fasting.
I’ve mentioned in this a few times that I am a huge fan of intermittent fasting. I truly credit this style of eating for completely changing my relationship with food and for helping me to lose a large amount of weight.
Intermittent Fasting cycles between periods of planned eating and fasting. The most common method being the 16:8. The 16:8 method requires fasting for 16 hours (half of these are sleeping hours) and eating during an 8-hour window. Intermittent fasting works because you are never restricting what you can eat, simply when you can eat. And the reason it works for weight-loss is because short-term fasting has been shown to increase your metabolic rate which will have you moving quickly towards your goals!
I still regularly practice intermittent fasting as a means of maintaining my weight loss. Generally, I intermittent fast 3-4 days a week. I like the freedom of not having to restrict what I eat, as I enjoy eating food. For me personally, I’d rather have to only worry about when I’m eating. It just feels more manageable. And I’ve been able to comfortably eat this way for a long period of time.
5 – Body Movement 4-5 times a week.
People don’t like to hear that body movement is an important part of losing and maintaining weight loss. But the truth is, exercising 4-5 times a week is the number one factor in my weight loss. I would never have been able to lose 100 pounds naturally if it hadn’t been for fitness programs like P90X, 80 Day Obsession, and training for my 10km race and half-marathon. Nutrition alone may help you to lose a significant amount of weight but if you truly want to be heart-healthy, and keep the weight off then you need to be regularly moving your body. Here are some of my favorite home fitness programs that I’ve tried:
- 80 Day Obsession
- 21 Day Fix
- Transform: 20
- Barre Blend
7 – Healthy Snack First.
Emotional eating is by far my biggest struggle when it comes to maintaining my weight loss. Thankfully, I’ve come up with little tricks over the past couple of years to help in this area! But the easiest trick is to allow yourself to indulge in a treat only after you have eaten a healthy snack first. Nine times out of ten I get full from my healthy snack and abandon my desire for the treat. It works because you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of anything, you’re simply telling yourself that you can eat it later. A delay of gratification is another way of practicing and strengthening your willpower which will make food choices easier over time.
8 – Plant-based Foods.
I’ve been eating a plant-based diet for 7 years now. For me, this means I avoid consuming meat and eggs, and I eat very limited amounts of cow dairy. Instead, I eat tons of legumes, beans, tofu, tempeh, lentils, plant-based dairy, nuts, etc. Personally, my body has reacted extremely well to a plant-based diet. I’ve been able to reach and maintain my health goals, and my body feels really healthy and energetic most of the time!
Eating plant-based also addressed a few health issues I was previously having (like IBS, heart burn, and really uncomfortable bloating) and I no longer deal with those issues.
A plant-based diet isn’t for everyone, I totally understand that. But I absolutely have to mention it on a list of habits that changed my life.
9 – Reduce or eliminate alcohol.
I talk about not drinking your calories in another post but I’m going to take it one step further and suggest reducing your alcohol intake. During 2018, I committed to drinking little to no alcohol and it is unbelievable the difference it played in my health. Considering even a light beer is still almost 100 calories, even a couple of drinks adds up real quick. And if you’re drinking mixed beverages, then you’re looking at some serious calories!
One of the easiest ways to make an immediate difference in your health is to look at your alcohol consumption.
Nowadays, I allow myself to have the occasional drink each month. But I still commit to keeping my alcohol intake low. Overall, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin complexion and less bloating! Those are two great reasons that help me stay away from overindulging in alcohol.
Embrace natural sugars.
Personally, eliminating sugar from my diet is just not realistic! I’ve tried many times and have failed miserably. I now believe that sugar has a place in my healthy lifestyle. The key for me was changing what type of sugars I was consuming. When I started to substitute white, processed sugars for more natural sugars like honey, maple syrup, agave, etc, it completely changed my health journey! Even though I was still eating sugar, I wasn’t gaining weight like I was in the past. Now, I’m not saying go overboard on the sugar because it’s from a natural source, but you can consume it more confidently!
When I’m craving sugar, I try to eat fruit first. Fruit is a great natural sugar. Personally, oftentimes an apple with some peanut butter will satisfy an initial sugar craving. And like I said above, eating a healthy snack first makes you less likely to have an unhealthy snack later.
10 – Practice daily self-care.
Strangely enough, it wasn’t until I had embraced my body for what it was (at my initial 249 pounds) that I was able to move significantly towards my health goals and lose 100 pounds. I had spent decades hating my body. I was always looking at myself and seeing everything I wasn’t. But the day I chose to accept my body for what it was, and what it could do (my body birthed twins for crying out loud!) I felt a complete shift. All of a sudden, I felt confident enough to try a fitness program. It didn’t matter how overweight I was, I knew my body could do hard things.
From then on, I’ve treated my body with much more respect. I practice daily self-care, and I take care of my body inside and out. It’s true what they say, love your body and your body will love you back.
And…one last thing. You should try this 30-second morning ritual that burns 2 pounds of belly fat per day.
“All this by a 30-second morning ritual?” I asked.
I met an old friend for lunch last year and I was super impressed with how she lost 72 pounds in 3 months.
She said, “It’s not so much about the 30-second ritual but more about how it releases fat-blasting molecules that signal your brain and body to burn off pounds and inches of trapped fat quickly and naturally.”
Even though I was skeptical, I’ve been struggling with my weight over the last few years, so I gave it a shot and watched the same video she did.
Well, it’s only a couple weeks later and you know what they say about how “you can’t transform your body overnight”…
They’re right — it actually took me 15 days to lose 20 pounds.
Now it’s my girlfriends asking ME what I’M doing differently
Imagine your body being beach ready before Memorial Day.
Imagine enjoying the foods you love: pasta, wine, or even a dessert — completely guilt-free.
And imagine feeling good and living your life without obsessing about every single calorie you eat…
All while knowing your health is being protected by one of the most powerful natural healing rituals ever discovered.
You don’t have to go on a crash diet or starve yourself in order to lose weight fast. There are plenty of healthy methods to losing weight fast.
Any of the these strategies below should help you lose a large amount of weight in a short period.
There’s no need to employ all of them at once. What you should do is just start with the one that works well with your schedule and your health level. Once you get that habit consistently into your life, it will seem effortless.
Losing weight fast is not just about making the right choice. It is also about making a choice that you can really stick to. Remember — do not give up if things don’t drastically change overnight. Keep at it and you will lose weight.
Now, pick one habit and let’s get you started to on your journey to Slim-ville! See you 10 pounds lighter in 10 days or less.