Obesity is on the rise and we need our health more than ever. Did you know that “Nearly 40% of all adults over the age of 20 in the U.S. – about 93.3 million people – are currently obese”.
Figuring out how to lose weight in the year 2020 may seem out of reach but I am here to tell you today, that you CAN still lose weight even in the most stressful of times. Here are some steps you can start taking to start losing weight.
1. Get an accountability partner to help keep you motivated
Ask a friend or family member to be your accountability partner. Check-in with each other via text or email to encourage each other to complete your daily workouts or eat healthy meals. Having a support system is key so you never feel alone in your journey!
2. Start meal planning weekly.
When you meal plan weekly, either by mapping out all your meals yourself or using a meal delivery service, you know exactly what you are going to eat for the week and are less likely to overindulge on foods that may hinder your weight loss efforts. Get a calendar, to write down each meal for each day of the week. Then, do your grocery shopping and carve out a time to cook.
It’s hard when you are busy with work and family and don’t have a plan in place for your food, it is easier to give into temptation and order out. Cooking your meals at home also gives you total control over what you are eating. When you eat out, you don’t know how much oil or butter a restaurant has cooked with which could be another reason you aren’t losing weight. Planning is key!
3. Hire a personal trainer to show you the best types of workouts to help you lose weight.
With a personal trainer, you are no longer bound to a gym if that doesn’t work for your schedule, you can now also train from the comfort of your own home or via Zoom from anywhere that is convenient to you. This is my favorite tip because having a personal trainer is like having your own built-in accountability partner and cheerleader to help you achieve your goals. Your trainer will be able to help you to find the best strength training and HIIT workouts that will boost your fat loss, but here is the trick...you have to put in the work in order to see the results.
4. Reduce alcohol consumption.
It may help you feel temporarily relaxed but alcohol also comes with a lot of useless calories, it can cause excess hunger, and may prevent you from burning fat. To avoid having more calories to burn than necessary and slowing down your weight loss, skip the booze and grab another glass of water, hot tea or your favorite sparkling water.
5. Be consistent.
Even though we all want fast weight loss results, the truth is, nothing comes fast or easy. We want long-lasting results, so we have to come to realize that consistency is key when it comes to diet and exercise. Your body is unique and will respond to healthy lifestyle change differently than anyone else's so don’t let the comparison game cause you to give up. It’s also important that you don't start this journey with an end in mind, you have to focus on lifestyle changes that you will incorporate into your daily routine for a lifetime. Being consistent with food, exercise and a daily schedule, will help you along your weight loss journey.
As a certified sports nutritionist and personal trainer in the Bay Area and in NYC, I have helped my clients lose weight, feel great, and become the best version of themselves. I believe you can have that too!
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