Fitness, Lifestyle, Nutrition

How to Start Losing Weight the Right Way

Simple and effective weight loss tips to ensure that you lose weight, feel great and reach your goals.

You’ve decided that you want to lose some weight and get fitter and healthier? That’s great! However, with so much information out there about how to lose weight you might be confused with how and where to start.

Over the years working as a coach, I understand that starting any new health and fitness regime could be a daunting process. To make things easier, I have set up some ultimate weight loss tips, ensuring that you start and stay on the road to success. So, let’s get you on your way to losing weight and achieving long lasting and maintainable results.

1. Establish your reasons

Establishing your reasons for starting this process might seem like an obvious one. However, a lot of people who want to lose weight will quickly forget why this journey is important to them. This results in demotivation and thus the inability to reach your goals.

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Writing down your reasons and sticking them somewhere that you see everyday serves as powerful motivation. It also serves as a constant reminder of why this journey is important to you and why you should keep going. You might want to lose weight to have more energy, to fit into those jeans, or to look fabulous for a wedding. Being reminded of why you started this journey on a daily basis will help give you that fire and energy that you need to succeed.

2. Plan and prep

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Planning and preparation are essential when you start losing weight. Knowing what you are doing and when you are doing it is one of the main ingredients for success.

If you have chosen to follow the 8fit meal plan, then great! My advice would be to know what recipes you are having though the week, get your shopping list together and prep your food. As you develop new habits, having the right foods available to you at the right time is going to be key.

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3. Banish temptation

Losing weight is about establishing healthy habits. A healthy lifestyle is a happy one and you need to realize that no food is out of bounds. It’s about learning how to enjoy food in moderation and in a controlled way. However, to make it easier and to help you change your old habits, it’s important that at the start, you get rid of all food-related temptation. Out of sight, out of mind! This will help you establish discipline and develop a new routine where you aren’t dependent on your go to unhealthy foods.

Establishing new and healthy habits is hard, so make it easier for yourself by chucking out the temptation lurking in your fridge and at work. Surrounding yourself with healthier alternatives will help you stay on track, eating the right things at the right time.

4. Track your emotions

Losing weight is not only about exercising and eating well. For a lot of people, emotional eating is the primary cause, hindering weight loss results. A great place to begin is to start a diary tracking what you eat, how you feel and when you are tempted to eat. Realising what emotions may trigger emotional eating will help you stay on track.

My best advice? Try and occupy yourself with other things. Do something productive like going for a walk, have a workout, read a book. Establishing new and healthy habits will help banish old ones, as you reach your goals and head for long term success.

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5. Swap Your drinks for water

A simple yet super effective way to get you started on your weight loss journey is swapping all your drinks for water. People often fail to lose weight because they are drinking their calories.
Soda and juice are all loaded with sugar and calories and will stop you from reaching your goals.

Simply swapping all your drinks with water will make a huge difference to your waistline. Moreover the benefits to upping your water intake are endless.

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6. Get Active in Your Daily Life

Move as much as you can. Instead of taking the elevator – walk up the stairs. Whenever you can – cycle to work instead instead of taking your car. Getting more active in your daily life will help you reach your goals without you even realising!

Also, if you lead a busy life and are struggling for time, take 5 minutes out of your day to follow coach Alba’s home workout routine. This will help to kick start your weight loss routine and get you feeling fit and fabulous, ready to take on the day:

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7. Enjoy the process and treat your body well

I can’t stress how important this point is to losing weight and establishing a healthy lifestyle. So many of us will try to lose weight, taking extreme measures which will be detrimental to our health and our bodies. As motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said:

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

Change your mindset! If you suffer from restriction and boredom, think of this as a new health and fitness journey benefiting your body. By thinking positive, you will be more likely to enjoy it and be in it for the long run.

When we restrict ourselves with either food and/or calories our bodies and natural mindset is to think about the things we can’t have and then we end up binge eating. This sets up a horrible cycle of binging and restriction as we go around in circles. Instead, think of food as a way of nourishing your body and exercise to get it stronger and fitter.

Remember – nothing is off limits. Just enjoy your favourite foods in a controlled way and get back on track. Ultimately, this is what makes the difference to a short term fad diet to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

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Bottom line

Getting started on your weight loss journey doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply follow these simple steps to success. What about picking a couple of these points today and setting yourself some small, but achievable goals this week? It could be as easy as removing the unhealthy temptations lurking in your cupboards or swapping all your drinks for water.

Remember – you can do anything you set your mind to and what you do today can change your tomorrow. So what are you waiting for? I’m challenging you to start making new and healthy habits today. Your health and fitness journey starts now!

To make it easier, download the 8fit app today and get started with healthy meals and workouts. Hope you enjoyed this article!

Love and health,

Coach Alice